Mothers often have TOO MUCH work to do and not enough time to do it all. Fitting in a workout may seem all but impossible, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Here are a few workout tips for mothers who want to get it in no matter what:
Get it Early
It may be hard to be the first one up in the morning, but that may be the only time that you can actually fit that workout into your day. Even if it’s just half an hour, make sure to get up before everyone to hit the gym, treadmill, or workout DVD hard. Find workouts (like HIIT) that push your body to its max in less time.
Make it an Appointment
You’ve got a busy day filled with things to do, so why not make your workout one more appointment on your schedule? It can’t hurt to write “Work out at 2 PM”, and it will help you to remember to get in that workout. When you’ve got so much to do, it’s easy to forget the important things.
Give it High Priority
The only thing more important than your daily workout should be your children. If you’ve got the kids handled (watching TV, taking a nap, doing homework, etc.), try to fit in your workout. Do it in the morning while the kids are at school, or in the evening when they’re taking time off. It should be more important than EVERYTHING else.
Bring the Kids Into It
Want to make your workouts more fun AND take care of your kids at the same time? Have them do the workout alongside you. They can sweat and get in shape with you, and you can keep an eye on them as you get in your exercise. Even if they don’t last the entire workout, at least you can get in most of your training.
Amp Up Your DVD Collection
You may not have the time to drive to your local gym and get in a solid hour of workout, but you can always buy DVDs with workout videos on them. You’ll find that there is A LOT of variety out there, making it possible for you to get in a different workout every day–NEVER get bored!
Rock Nap Time
Instead of yielding to the temptation to snooze alongside your little one, force yourself to work out during your child’s nap time. Depending on the child, you may even get a solid hour to work out. It’s tempting to clean the house, rest, or do something for yourself, but your exercise should be the first thing to get done during nap time. Set up a camera in the child’s room, and if they’re playing and happy in their bed, you may have enough time to finish off the workout.
Make a Workout Out of Play Time
When you take the kids to the park, why not do a few hundred squats, lunges, push-ups, etc.? You can get in a solid cardio workout by jumping on the trampoline or chasing your kids around the yard. Combine workout and play time into one single activity, and you’ll save yourself A LOT of time in the day!
HIIT it Hard
If you want to get in a hardcore workout in far less time, try High Intensity Interval Training. You can get amazingly fit by combining your cardio and strength training into one 20-minute routine, but prepare for exhaustion once you’re done. Give yourself a few minutes to shower, snack, and recover before you are on duty again.