5 Ways Busy Moms Can Make Time for Fitness
I'm so excited to have Latoya James, my best friend and blogger of Mama Uncut, here on the blog today to share her fitness tips. I have plenty of friends that are mama's or about to be mama's and I couldn't think of another person to give you all these great tips. I hope you all enjoy.
One thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom is that we are some resourceful human beings.
That means we are supernaturally gifted at making something out of nothing.
And in this case, I’m talking about time. Most moms can relate to the fact that any free time that we have (away from the kiddos) is very limited. And in that small pocket of time, we cram in showering, cleaning, social time, work and a laundry list of other things.
Unfortunately, fitness rarely makes the list. And it’s ironic because a proper exercise routine can provide the fuel and energy we need to champion motherhood and our long list of to-do’s. And it releases endorphins, which can help us keep a positive attitude as we trudge through the day.
So how can you tap into your superpower (resourcefulness) and incorporate fitness into your already busy day? Below I’ve shared a few tips (and some tricks) for squeezing in time for fitness:
Break out your dancing shoes.
Whether you can go toe-to-toe with Beyonce or you’re a certified rhythm klutz, dancing is a fun and easy way to break a sweat.
Not only is it a great type of aerobic exercise - meaning it makes your heart pump faster, works your muscles and makes you breathe faster - it also improves your muscle tone and strength. And bonus: dancing generally makes people happy. So win-win.
I usually play music while I’m making breakfast for my little one or cleaning up (my current favorites are Lemon by N.E.R.D. and Finesse Remix by Bruno Mars). And I bust a few moves for 5-6 songs straight (with small breaks in between, of course.) And your little one may even join in!
Skip the gym.
When I was pregnant the first time around, I started following a ton of fit moms on Instagram. One in particular has become mom-fitness goals for me. Momswearheels on Instagram gained 50 pounds with both of her pregnancies and lost it all by doing workouts at home with her kids. Follow her, trust me on this.
The point is you don’t have to go to the gym to get a quality workout in. Most of the time, my exercise equipment consists of a yoga mat, a couple of 10-15 lb. dumbbells and, sometimes, a baby. Yes, I would use my infant son as a weight.
If you need ideas, head to Pinterest and simply search “home workouts” and I guarantee you’ll find a workout that you can easily do in the comfort of your home.
Or get a gym membership.
Maybe you prefer getting out of the house for a little me-time during your workout. I can relate. Being in the gym made me feel focused, confident and like a certified badass.
Here’s the trick: find a gym that provides childcare while you get your fitness on. Some gyms will include the fee in your monthly membership and others will charge a small additional fee.
If you’re fortunate to have help at home (i.e. daddy, grandparents, older siblings, etc.), sneak out in the wee hours of the morning to get your workout in. In this case, you’ll want to find a gym that opens early or stays open 24 hours.
Set fitness triggers.
When I was pregnant with my first son and working in an office full time, It was difficult to find the time (and motivation) to squeeze in exercise. So, since I was using the restroom about five times a day, I set a goal to do 25 squats during every bathroom break. It worked and it definitely helped!
For you, it could be 10 push ups during every commercial, a brisk, 5-minute walk after every meeting or 10 lunges every 30 minutes on the hour. The upside is that you don’t have to schedule a block of time to work out. You can incorporate fitness throughout the day, which makes it easier to fit it in.
Keep it short.
You don’t have to work out two hours a day, every day, to be healthy and fit. Let’s go back to my mom-fitness goals, momwearsheels. She prides herself on not spending hours upon hours working out in order to be healthy, fit and strong. As she’ll explain in some of her posts, most of her workouts last 15-30 minutes. That’s it.
And the way most of our lives are set up, that’s about all the time we have in a day to devote to fitness. And thankfully, there are women who prove that can be enough. The key to keeping it short, however, is focusing on having a quality workout and doing it consistently.
Moms are busy. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work full time, your days are packed from the moment you open your eyes to the moment they close. Either way, we owe it to ourselves to make time for fitness. Try these tips and tricks to squeeze in time for fitness and be the healthy, fit and strong mom your kiddos deserve.