The Fit Mom: Working Out Strategies with Kids

In today’s busy world, trying to find the perfect work-life balance can be a huge challenge for many moms. Trying to meet the needs of your family and the demands of your job means putting your own needs on the back burner most of the time, especially when it comes to finding time to exercise for the working mom. Exercise releases serotonin, a feel-good chemical in the brain that is related to influencing moods and decreasing depression and anxiety. Exercising also boosts energy, which is exactly what moms need; and it leads to a healthier and happier life overall.

Before kids, your workouts may have involved an hour-long session at the gym, but with playtime and mealtime added to the mix, you will need to get creative and rethink what your workouts will look like. I’ve put together some realistic tools and tips to help you with your busy schedule workout plan.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

First of all, plan out when you’ll workout each week. If you feel stressed about the lack of time in your schedule, add exercise to your calendar. Ensuring that a workout is part of your daily routine will help to create more balance. You wouldn’t skip a meeting at your child’s school, so treat exercise with the same importance.

Trying setting aside 10-15 minutes in your day to do something active. When you have a plan, you’ll know exactly what you could do in a given timeframe. Squeezing in 10-15 minute sessions per week is just as effective as getting to the gym for an hour once a week.

Find a gym with a great day-care center. Most day-care centers at the gym will only take kids up to two hours. You can use this time to do a combination of 30 minutes each of cardio and strength training, with time to cool down, stretch, and shower before picking up your kids. You will feel completely refreshed and ready to roll.

How Do I Exercise Everyday?

You can combine playtime and exercise by riding a bike with your kids or by jogging along as they ride their bikes. Jump rope offers a great cardio work out and you can alternate with your kids by doing 5 or 10 jumps each. If you want to be the coolest mom around, get a scooter and a helmet and scooter around the neighborhood with your kids after school.

Build exercise into daily chores by doing squats while folding laundry or doing lunges from one room to the next.

With Fitness apps growing in popularity, they are much cheaper than a gym membership but just as effective while working out in the comfort of your own home. Fitness apps can be instantly downloaded on your smartphone, which makes it a very ideal form of exercise for a busy person.

Try Virtual Trainer apps, which are perfect for moms as it allows you to easily create your own routine. They have multiple programs and divided by indoor, outdoor or equipment based activities. Also, specific exercises can be looked up through a muscle group. A picture with information on the specifics of the exercise is also available to guide you.

How Do You Incorporate Fitness In Your Life?

Weekends are a great time to fit in fun with the whole family. Use this time for longer workouts by taking a 45-minute walk with the kids or stroller runs to the park. It helps you get in some cardio activity while you both get fresh air.

Try to make exercising together a regular part of your family life. Come up with physical activities your family loves to do together, such as hiking, skiing, bike riding, rollerblading, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, skating, playing golf or tennis and ice skating. Consider joining a community center or gym where the whole family can swim, exercise or take different classes.

Gardening is also a great form of exercise as it involves squatting, lifting, digging, bending, and pulling yard waste bags.

Consider calling a friend and going for a jog or meet at the gym for a class after dropping the kids at school. You can even trade off babysitting to make time for each other’s workouts. Always park at furthest end of the parking lot and walk to get more steps for the day.

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