A mom’s daily routine: Wake up the kids, get them ready for school, feed them, take them to school, go to work, come home, make dinner, get the kids ready for bed, repeat. Even thinking about working out seems like a work out when you’re a busy mom. Working out doesn’t have to be that hard. Here are a few tips to help you figure out how to workout AND get everything else done:
Workout When You Can
If you think, “Oh, I’ll workout later when I have time,” you’re probably not going to get to it because life as a mom is always busy. Time to bust out that old-school planner and schedule time to workout. You have to do it when it’s convenient for you. This will be different for everyone.
If you’re too busy to work out, go through your schedule and see if there are nonessentials you can cut out. These could include the 30-minute stints checking social media. If you can’t find a 30-minute block of time, work out in two or three spurts of 10-15 minutes — the workout is still effective.
Then strategize what you’re going to do to workout. If you’re going to the gym, figure out your routine before you get there. If you’re going to use a DVD, choose it before you start. If you’re going to run, figure out how far you want to go. If you know you’re going to get bored of the same workout, choose different activities during the week.
Here Comes the Sun: Start Your Day With a Workout
If you’re a morning person, work out before you get anything else done. Wake up before your kiddos and pump some iron. You can even stay at home and use some workout videos on Amazon Prime or Netflix. There are options for in-home walking, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, and strength training.
If you choose to go this route, you’ll need some space at home. You don’t have to have any special fitness equipment, so just use what you have. You can do chair squats, chair push ups, lunges, planks, and jumping jacks. If you want to get some equipment, invest in a couple of dumbbells, a workout mat, and a jump rope, or whatever will facilitate your workout.
Work It on the Way to Work
This can be done to accommodate different lifestyles. For example, if you work close enough to home, you could ride your bike to work. Or get off the light rail one stop early and walk to your office.
During the Workday HustleIf you feel comfortable, workout while you’re in your office from your chair, you can focus on different areas of the body:
Workout during your lunch break. Use half of your hour-long lunch break to run, do yoga, or whatever you can. If you have a gym close, join it and use it to get in a quick workout and shower.
When you get back from work, you can do a 10-minute DVD workout that offers various routines, so when you get back from work, you already have a plan.
This is often prime family time. You don’t need to compromise family time with workouts. Get your kids involved and do things together as a family, such as:
When your kids get older, involve them in fun activities like 5ks or other athletic events.
If You Miss a Workout
It happens. Some days, you may not be able to must the energy needed to workout, you could get sick, your kids get sick, things come up, etc. Don’t beat yourself up. But try to get some kind of activity in, even if it’s just a short walk around the block. Just remember that tomorrow is a new day, and you can always start again.
Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to other moms. It’s easy to look at others and wonder how they’re Supermom, but everyone has their difficulties.
And, since you’re a mom, you can always repeat the mantra shared from Dory in Finding Nemo: Just keep swimming.
Keep Your Friends Close
Other moms may be able to help you out by watching your kids while you get a workout in or may want to join you for some mommy and me workout time. A workout community can help you define and achieve your workout goals and help you keep a positive attitude.
Your community can also help you keep going by keeping you accountable and endure when you feel you can’t keep going.
Martial Arts Classes in East Mesa
Many ladies choose martial arts for fitness. Both traditional martial arts and fitness martial arts provide the flexibility, cardio and strength training needed for a lean, thin athletic look. The structure, group support and positive coaching is just what you need to stay active and motivated. To learn more about our class schedules or what we teach, call us at 480-986-7177 or fill out our online form.