Being a mommy is a non-stop unpredictable job! You never know what the day will hold. I know for me when my kids are awake I barely have five minutes to myself. So how do you find the time to exercise? I want to share with you 4 tips that have worked for me.
1. Get your exercise done when the kids are sleeping.The most efficient workout I have is early in the morning before the kids our up. Getting up just 30 minutes before the kids gives me time to get my workout done with no interruptions. I normally set my alarm for 5:00 a.m., an hour before my kids wake up. That gives me 30 minutes of devotion while waking up with my pre-workout drink and 30 minutes of exercise. For you it may be during nap time or after the kids or sleeping. I know it's not always easy to get up earlier when you are going on so little sleep already. You will find though that working out gives you an energy you didn't have before. You may find it easier to get your workout done during nap time or after you put the kids to bed. I also have had my husband help out in the evenings. I have him do bath time giving me time to exercise. It's easier to stay focused and complete your workout without hearing "Mommy, I need you!" every five minutes.
2. Entertain your kids with a special activity or toy.
The important thing is to find what works for your child. For some just watching mommy jump around is enough entertainment. Build this time into your routine. Your children will expect to see you workout everyday. My three year old knows by the end of her favorite program I will be done. "Most" of the time she lets me! You are setting a great example for them.
3. Let your kids workout with you.My three year old loves to copy the trainers on TV. We have a great time working out together. I even purchased her a pair of 1 lb. dumbbells to use. She loves to copy me and Shaun T. Older children can be an even better workout partner. Make it a family activity and get everyone involved. Go for a run or walk with your children. You can push them in the stroller or have them ride along beside you.
4. Utilize your children's energy to your advantage.We all know children are FULL of energy. Take them for walks, play dates, and play sports with them. A game of tag will help you burn calories and make precious memories with your children! Once the warmer weather hits I love to dust off my jogging stroller. I run the kids to the park as often as I can. I get my exercise in on the way there and when I get there. I don't just sit on the bench playing with my phone. I use the monkey bars and do pull-ups. I run up and down the playground with my little girl. She gets her energy out which is a must for a peaceful evening and I get my exercise in.
|Jumping always gets some giggles!|
|"I am coming to get you Mom!"|
|"Need some extra weight resistance?"|
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