Ever wonder how busy moms stick to an exercise plan? It isn’t difficult and is actually quite fun. With New Year’s resolutions coming up I thought it would be a great time to share how you can stick to your fitness routine even when you think you won’t have the time.
Some of these tips will work for your schedule, some won’t, just pick the ones that you know will help you and will fit into your lifestyle. Everyone is different.
Find the Time that Works for You
Some people are morning people, others are night owls. If you can get up before your kids, that is the time you want to take to workout. It is best to workout first thing in the morning because it gets your endorphins running and you will just feel so much better about what your day will bring.
If you work, try getting in your workout during your lunch break. My old job used to have a walking trail around the building so that employees could do just that. It is even more fun if you can get some coworkers to join you.
If you need to exercise when you get home from work, have your spouse or the grandparents watch the kids for 30 min. so that you can get in your daily exercise.
Get the Kids Involved
If you stay at home like I do, finding the time can be more difficult. I can’t go to the bathroom without being interrupted much less get in a workout. I like putting my daughter in her stroller and going for a walk or a run. She enjoys being outside and I can get in some exercise.
If your kids are older, they might actually want to exercise with you. Give them a jump rope or a stability ball and they will have a blast!
Skip the Gym
Why go to the gym when there are so many exercises you can do from home? By the time I drive to the gym I could already be done with my workout. I love using fitness DVDs, my personal favorite is Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I have seen great results with it.
It is a great way to mix things up so that you don’t get bored, which happens to me a lot! I like doing an aerobics DVD then a dance one then a kickboxing one, etc. It keeps me excited and motivates me to work out when I know that I get to try something new. They are a lot cheaper then a gym membership, too!
Use the Playground to Your Advantage
When I take my daughter to the playground, I try to get in some workout time for myself. Use the benches to do some tricep dips, the monkey bars are great for pull ups, and you don’t need any equipment to do lunges.
You can also do this while the kids are at their sport practices. Instead of sitting there watching, get up and run around the field or use the bleachers to get in a workout.
Turn on Netflix
I have been known to turn on my daughter’s favorite movie or TV show so that I can get in some exercise. I know it is not the best thing to do but sometimes she just. won’t. sit. still! If she will watch Mickey Mouse for half an hour so that I can get in my workout, it is what works for us.
Do What you Can
Don’t beat yourself up if you have to skip a day or you only got in 10 min. You can just do it again tomorrow, life happens. It has been shown that as little as 25 min. of exercise a day makes a big improvement in your health. If you are short on time but want to see results, check out this dvd.
What are some tips you have to stick to an exercise routine? Do you have any time saver tips!