Moms often joke about how busy and hectic their life is. They talk about situations they find themselves in, where they don’t time in the day to wash their hair, eat breakfast, or even finish a hot drink! Of course, there is a grain of truth, and sometimes more that underlies these jokes, as being a mom is a hugely intensive and time-consuming role, and that means doing things for your own well being, including exercising can often be shunted down your list of priorities. Luckily, I have had a think and come up with some ways of getting around this problem when it comes to working out. All you need to do is keep reading to find out what they are.
Mommy and me classes
One of the best ways that you can fit in a good workout when you are a busy momma, something that can be good for both body and soul is to attend mommy and me sessions. These are classes such as yoga that have been designed to allow moms and kids to work out together at the same time. Something that means you don’t have to search for childcare or find extra time in your already packed schedule.
The great thing about such classes is that not only do they provide you with an opportunity to work out regularly but they also give you a chance to spend some quality time with your kids. Mommy and me classes are also a great way to set an excellent example when it comes to teaching your kids about self-care and regular exercise as well. Something that can stand them in excellent stead not only now, but all through their life too.
Gyms with childcare and kids’ programs
Of course, while mommy and me classes are gaining in popularity throughout the country, it doesn’t mean that you will find them everywhere. Luckily, there are other options that you can try instead.
One that can work particularly well is to find a gym that offers childcare or kids’ programming that runs at the same time as the adult classes. Simply drop your kids off while you workout and pick them up once you are done.
This being a facility that can make achieving your fitness goals and working out regularly much easier. It’s also an excellent way for you to take some mommy me time during the day, and make sure that the kids are still being entertained and well looked after at the same time.
Walking and hiking
Another way that you can ensure you get in regular exercise sessions when you are a mom is to use walking and hiking as your daily fitness activity. This may mean giving up the car and choosing to walk into town with the little ones, or even talking them along on a hike in nature if you have access to some safe but challenging trails in your local area.
Of course, for this to be as safe, and as workable as possible when you have kids, you will need to ensure you have the right equipment. For walking, this means providing a stroller for little ones that cannot walk for long distances unaided. Additionally, if you plan to go off-road on your walks, it may be worth investing in a stroller with a triangular axel, foam wheels and that has a low centre of gravity, as these features can make it much easier to traverse difficult terrain.
Don’t forget either that a bulky stroller will make such exercise much more difficult, so be sure to pick one that is not only sturdy but lightweight as well. This should then help to encourage you to get out and exercise with the kids as much as possible.
Finally, when it comes to hiking, you may wish to go for a baby carrier instead of a stroller, especially, if you have very young children. In fact, using something like this can not only give you a bigger range of movement but also provide that mom to baby contact that can help keep them soothed while you are doing you hike as well.
HIIT or high-intensity interval training is a type of exercise that is fantastic for busy moms. The reason for this being that you can get some highly effective results in a much shorter space of time than you would usually need.
This is because it inverts the traditional wisdom of working out on its head, and encourages more extended sessions of high-intensity movement, with only short respites.
In fact, this way of working has been proven to be hugely effective not only in burning calories but also improves cardiovascular fitness as well. Therefore you can see results in as little as 10 minutes a day, making it an excellent choice for busy moms as they can squeeze it in while the kids are watching TV, or taking a nap.
Of course, sometimes you don’t want to cram an exercise session into 10 minutes a day, especially if you don’t get a lot of time to spend on your own. This is a situation that many moms find themselves in.
With that in mind, it may be best to find a way around your childcare issues that allows you to continue your exercise schedule. One option is to start up a babysitting circle with other moms in your area.
In doing so, you can rotate who looks after the kids on certain days. Then on your free day, you will be able to take your turn in watching the others. Something that can be particularly beneficial if you are training for an event like a marathon where you need to engage in more lengthening sessions.
Of course, this does mean that you will have to be willing to look after other people kids, and that you will need to find some other moms that you would be comfortable leaving your children with for an extended period. After all, no matter how much you want to exercise the safety and wellbeing of your children always needs to be your top priority.