If you are a busy mom sticking to a regular exercise regimen can be quite difficult. That’s why you have to be creative and find easy ways to fit a workout into your busy schedule. Here are 5 ways you can ensure you get a good workout in even on your busiest days.
#1 – Make An Appointment To Workout
If you have an important meeting you will put it on your schedule so you don’t forget about it. Why not do the same when it comes to your health? Treating your workouts like appointments you can’t miss is a great way to make sure you get a good workout in several times a week.
Each week you should put together a calendar so that everyone in your home knows when you plan on working out. This way everyone can step up and make sure everything is taken care of while you are working out.
#2 – Do It First Thing In The Morning
If you wait until the end of the day chances are you will never be able to get a workout in. Angela Bekkala, the creator of Happy Fit Mama, recommends waking up before the children and getting a good sweat in. She herself wakes up at 4:30 am to workout.
This is a great time as you can be sure there are no meetings scheduled around that time. It will give you at least at hour of alone time to workout and get your mind ready for the day ahead.
#3 – Workout During Your Lunch Break
If you have a flexible lunch break you may be able to fit in a workout and eat a nice meal before heading back to work. Do a 30 minute workout and then have your lunch. Or you can do lunch first. The order doesn’t matter. As long as you commit to it that’s what really matters.
#4 – Get The Children Involved
Let’s be completely honest here, as a mom it is sometimes virtually impossible to get a few minutes of alone time to workout. Sometimes you just have to get the children involved and let them workout with you.
Children love to move. It’s just a part of who they are. So throw on a DVD and workout with your little ones. Chances are they will be tired out before its over. But even if they are not, it is a great bonding experience for them to be able to workout with you.
#5 – Turm A Small Space Into A Home Gym
Not being able to get to the gym is not an excuse. Because truth be told, you don’t need any special equipment to get a good workout. This is where you really have to learn how to be creative and use the tools you have at your disposal.
For example, if all you have is a chair then you can use it to do sumo squats, tricep dips, lunges and heel raises just to name a few. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how many different exercises you can do with just your own body weight.