You have gone through the process, time in and time out, in starting a successful workout routine, but every time that you find your routine, mom life happens. Your baby poops right before you’re about to start or he or she gets hungry. Then, when it’s all said and done, as soon as you have a second to dedicate towards working out, you’re just not feeling it anymore and are probably hungry again yourself.
“What’s the point of even trying?”, you think to yourself, disappointed that, yet again, your efforts felt wasted.
While I know mom life can be overwhelmingly full, I also know there are several creative and functional ways to incorporate a workout routine into your day to day activities.
Furthermore, keep reading to learn 5 do-able ways that you can include a workout into your life every day that you choose.
First Thing In The Morning
Making time to do extra activities as a mom can be challenging, both physically and mentally. Physically you feel like there is no way that you can fit anything extra into your schedule. Mentally, you feel guilty for scheduling an activity for yourself when you could be getting something “more productive” done. Did I hit your feelings right on the spot? If I did, you and I (and every other mama out there) are very alike. However, while those feelings are valid, they are not necessarily true. Time your workout before starting any large task in the morning. Scheduling out a time in the morning, before you get caught up in the daily tasks of mom life, will help ensure that you do get your workout in.
Make Your Workouts Short
Us busy moms do not have time to complete long workouts every day. In this case, making your workout routine as short as possible will help you feel less overwhelmed and getting your workouts done will seem more do-able.
Your workouts do not have to be very long to be effective. Moreover, follow a workout plan that follows these guidelines:
- Workout is between 15-30 minutes long.
- Workout has movements that target the whole body.
- Workout is scalable to your timely needs.
Don’t Overthink It
Cut your busy mom brain a break and obtain a set workout schedule for yourself. Whether that means creating one yourself or purchasing one online, this simple step will free up tons of your time and brain power so that you can focus on getting the workout done. Spending an hour searching for exercises to do is going put you in an unproductive place that, honestly, probably won’t be very effective for your body either. Having a set workout plan that you refer to every day will keep you focused as well as make the transition from mom tasks to working out much quicker.
Incorporate Your Child
If waking up early or waiting until nap time to workout does not work for you (say your baby doesn’t sleep long or you have tasks to get done during that time), incorporating your child into your workout is a great option, not to mention ALWAYS makes things interesting.
- Probably my favorite way to incorporate my son, babywearing allows you to get your workout in, yet still provide closeness for you and your baby, and entertainment for your baby as well.
- Babywearing can be done from the newborn age, all the way up to the toddler age (depending on the carrier that you own).
- Floor Workouts With Child
- Setting your child on the floor in front of you and completing exercises that are floor based is great because you can talk to him or her as well as have the freedom to do more of a range of movements.
- For the newborn age up until sitting, you can place your baby in front of you on either a blanket or a baby swing.
- As your child becomes mobile, make sure you are working out in a room that is safe for your child to roam around in.
- If your child is older, now is a good time to teach him or her how to do the exercises with you.
- Stroller Workouts
- Stroller workouts are amazing because they get both you and child outside! The outside air can calm your child while you get your workout in.
- This is a great option for any age that fits in the stroller that you own while following its size and weight guidelines.
Taylor, the writer/creator behind naturallyblossoming.com and this post, is a 20-year-old mama to her sweet son, a health and fitness enthusiast, a dance instructor, and blogger. While she wears many hats, her favorite is a healthy mama and is passionate about helping other mamas achieve a healthy lifestyle, similar to of what she has herself. Find her on Facebook.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.