Some mornings, it’s as if making breakfast is a workout. Just when you think you’ve got everything on the table, someone needs a spoon instead of a fork. Another kid wants juice instead of milk. Your food is cold by the time you sit down, and forget about coffee. It’s almost lunchtime.
How does a busy mom find time for working out?
The truth is that it usually takes practice. If you can get into the habit of fitting fitness into your daily routine, it’ll get easier over time. Here are some tips to help get started.
Try waking up early
This one isn’t always an option, especially when you have kids who aren’t sleeping through the night, but waking up early can give you some time for yourself. Wake up before everyone and you should have enough time for an uninterrupted workout.
Find a gym with childcare
If you have young kiddos, try finding a gym with a childcare option. Many franchises offer childcare, and most YMCA’s do as well. The “Y” is great to keep your older kids occupied while youworkout too. They can take swimming lessons or engage in group sports while you work on your own personal fitness goals.
Limit your smartphone use
We’re all guilty of being a little too addicted to technology. And you’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll have when you take a break. We tell ourselves that we’re just passing time that we’d otherwise spend watching television or waiting for our kids to finish putting on their shoes. But just imagine if you did pushups in those moments instead. You’d have some seriously buff arms! And as an added benefit, when you power down the phone before winding down for bed, you’ll get a better night’s rest. Maybe then it’ll be easier to wake up early for that workout?
Include your kids
When it comes to fitness, your kids may be more cooperative than you’d expect. They’re likely to cooperate when you give them a structured routine. Try doing a yoga DVD together or running laps around the playground. If you have an infant, you can go for a morning jog with the stroller. As moms, we’re always waiting for that magical alone time. The reality is that we don’t always get enough of it, so we have to find time to take care of ourselves with the kids around.
Take an eco-friendly commute
Whenever possible, walk or bike to your destination. Sure, it’ll take longer, but there’s the old two-birds-one-stone benefit. You’ll feel better when you get to your destination and you’ll work on your fitness goals at the same time. Bonus: you’ll teach your kids the importance of exercise. It’s important to lead by example.
Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up on yourself. In fact, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself so you can be around for the kids for years. Fit in workouts where and when you can. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just keep moving.