Being a mom is the best. You get to spend time with your kids, watch them grow; impart knowledge and skills that will be useful later in life.
Problem is it is quite difficult to find time to meditate or even engage in a hobby.
Letting yourself go has a negative impact on your body. For starters, you will begin to eat junk food in order to fill that empty hole in your heart.
Before you know it, you have gained 100 to 200 pounds more and now, your clothes no longer fit you, you are at risk of complications brought about by obesity – cancer, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes.
Instead of consuming a healthy diet to help you lose weight, you will probably go ahead and purchase large sized clothes to hide the additional weight.
How to Exercise for Busy Moms
What you ought is that you can still fit in a few workouts in your busy schedule every day. Here are 6 ways every mom can find time to exercise.
1.) Create a Schedule
If you keep telling yourself that you are too busy to workout then you will never find time to work out. Instead of searching for excuses not to workout, start by creating a weekly plan.
Benjamin Franklin once said “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Start by creating your goals. Follow the SMART system – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound – to create realistic goals.
Once you have created your weekly plan, save it in your iPad or pin it on the refrigerator door.
Every evening, take some time to plan for tomorrow. Follow the weekly schedule and in no time, you will achieve a well toned body.
2.) Start Small
When it comes to working out, many people immediately think of the gym.
They forget that there are workouts one can engage in at home or around the neighborhood.
These workouts are free of charge so you don’t have to spend a dime.
Since you are a mom, your child will accompany you.
Thanks to technology, moms now have access to baby strollers designed for running.
For starters, the baby stroller is designed to accommodate an infant’s car seat. The wheels can swivel or can be locked to allow easy maneuverability.
Armed with your new baby stroller, strap in your baby, put on your workout clothes, shoes, select your route (around your neighborhood or at the park) and start working out.
You can jog, run, walk or combine the workouts. By the time you complete your workout, you will have burned a few hundred calories.
3.) Search for a Gym with Childcare
I know you might be thinking that a gym with child care is impossible to find but there are those which offer childcare.
Such a gym is perfect for you because you get to work out and be close enough to supervise your kid from time to time.
Make Google your friend and search for gyms in your local area that have child care. Once you have narrowed down 5 to 10 establishments, make a site visit.
Majority of gyms offer a free trial period. This duration will enable you to scout the establishment. While working out, take your time to watch the caregivers.
Are the childcare givers licensed and certified? How are they dealing with the kids?
How are the kids reacting to them? Is the environment suitable for your kid?
Can you trust the caregivers with your kid? Will your workout schedule enable you to spend a few minutes with your kids while in childcare?
Learning more about the gym and the childcare will give you the confidence to sign up and start working out.
4.) Stay Active at Home
If you are a stay at home running a home online business or working as a freelancer, you can keep fit by staying active at home.
Yoga is one of the best workouts to do at home.
It only takes an hour or so to complete a few poses and the best news is that you will continue keeping an eye on your baby.
Yoga poses you can attempt while at home include bow pose, cobbler pose and bent knee trunk flexion.
Apart from yoga, you can perform lunges, squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, burpees, donkey kicks and triceps dips among others. You can easily make a dip station at home, which can help allow you to do multiple different exercises!
Learn More: Stay at Home Mom Weight Loss
5.) Involve Your Kids
If you are finding it hard to create a schedule that works around your kids, simply include them in your workout session.
By encouraging them to join in your workout session, not only will you attain your daily goal but you will get to have fun and stay fit in the long run.
In addition, your kids will love to spend time with you.
This option can work great if you are working out at home.
Whether you are performing yoga, squats, lunges, push-ups or jumping jacks, converting the workout into a game will ensure that everyone has fun.
Additional Information: Top 10 Exercises for Moms and Babies
6.) Track Your Workout
It is important to keep track of your accomplishments.
How many pounds did you intend to lose in a week or month? Have you attained this goal? How many miles do you intend to run, jog or walk each day?
To keep track of your activity level, make a note in your calendar, notebook or iPad.
Add notes to help track your progress.
If there were any challenges that you overcame or were unable to overcome, write them down.
This will enable you to come up with solutions and be prepared for the following week.
Thanks to your record keeping, you can learn where you are and if you are slipping.
See Also: Benefits of Keeping a Workout Log Book