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Being a mom is tireless. There is never a moment of rest. Often, health is one of the first things to be neglected after becoming a mother.
We no longer have the time or energy to pack up, get ready and spend an hour at the gym then come home. Children need our attention every minute of the day. Getting away to cook a 15-minute meal can be a daunting task.
Time takes a further toll on health. While there are plenty of tips for healthy, efficient meal planning, finding exercise time seems to be the more significant challenge. Here are five workouts to help stay fit while managing a busy parenting lifestyle.
Workout With The Kids
While this fantastic woman is a bit above our pay grade, exercising with the kids is not out of the question. You can combine exercise with playing to maximize efficiency. Bringing in your children is my favorite way to exercise.
You can use the children as weights. Lift them, set them down. Use them for arm curls. The ideas you can use are endless; you can even bench press a small child. The best part is, I can assure you they will love it more than you will — however, a word of caution. Please make sure you can easily lift your child without them struggling. A jolt by the baby at the wrong angle can pull your muscle.
While you should always consult a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen before you incorporate using your children into your routing make sure you a medical professional explicitly on your plans.
Also, be sure to make sure you keep proper form and not ever push your body to the limit, this is for overall health, these are not exercises to drive to the extreme or max reps with a young child in your arms.
Short Burst Exercise
Do some supersets. Celebrity fitness blogger Holly Rigsby performs supersets combining two exercises in one, making six activities total to do a high-speed burst of exercises with no rest in between sets.
The result is a 10-15 minute complete workout in minutes! Following this routine combines large muscle groups at once so rather than targeting one small muscle group, you are getting three or four muscle groups worked out at once, with the resulting six exercises being a full body workout!
The intensity of a rapid workout immediately spikes your metabolism and keeps your body burning even after you are finished. You can do this while the kids get dressed in the morning.
These yoga poses are also great for busy mommies. The great thing about yoga is, when you have more time, you can do more repetitions or hold poses for a more extended period.
Yoga is an exercise you can do in three minutes for some quick stretches, or turn this same routine into a 15-20 minute routine when you have the time for it. With no special equipment or clothing needed, you can even do a few yoga poses almost anywhere depending on your level of confidence.
Paper Plate Workout
Here is a very creative workout you can also do anywhere. Hardwood floors are preferable, but the paper plate workout works fine on the carpet as well. You put paper plates at your hands and feet and then use a variety of low impact aerobic exercises for some good fat burning and energy building.
There are modified push-up exercise and even the classic Miyagi wax on/wax off. The key to this workout is speed. You can comfortably wear yourself out in 15 minutes if you push your pace.
Sporadic Exercising Between Other Duties
These exercises are great to do during a commercial, while in the living room with your kids are hanging out. Little ones asleep on the floor, you can do a short workout. Another idea for a sporadic exercise is some dancing!
You will be hard pressed to convince anyone you do not have time to do some dancing in your spare moments. Mommas, we all know there are fewer ways to get the cardio going than a little home dance party. The best part about this is the little ones would love to join in with you!
So, there you have it. With a little creativity, a busy momma workout is possible. And if you feel like you can not get a second alone, have the little ones join you! In many ways, that is even the best possible outcome if you can manage some quality fun time with your workout. What can be better than that?
My name is John Welborn and I specialize in helping overweight individuals transform their bodies, lives, reclaim their freedom and confidence, and reach the best shape of their lives. I am the founder of John Welborn Fitness, where I offer personal training and group workouts at my gym in the Portland Oregon area. I’m loving every minute of it!