Last updated on May 2nd, 2018 at 04:50 pm
Finding time to workout when you are a mom with small children can be difficult. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or one that works outside the home, here are some strategies I use or know other moms use in order to manage their family and workout without all the guilt.
1. Wake up at 5:30 a.m. before the baby wakes up
Working out before baby wakes up would be ideal, but I find this strategy difficult. I do wake up very early, but I don’t enjoy working out on an empty stomach. Also, my entire household is up most mornings by 6:00 a.m. I just can’t roll out of bed any earlier.
2. Workout at home while baby naps
This strategy works for me when I’m off on maternity leave. It worked when I had my first son, and it’s also working for my second. I put my baby down for his morning nap, run to the basement to do my work out. On days when I’. lucky, my baby sleeps long enough for me to shower too! I’m a morning person, so I enjoyed working out at this time the best.
Pro mom tips:
Before you set to workout, make sure your baby’s needs have all been met. Change the diaper, feed him and put your baby to sleep.
A baby swing might just buy you enough time. I know it’s a lifesaver for me. If my little man wants to be held and I need to workout, bath, eat etc…. I put him in the swing. I usually does the trick.
If you baby is awake, let them join you. I put a mat on the floor and let my son play besides you,or incorporate them in the workout. For example, when I do push-ups, I kiss forehead or try to make him smile.
Sometimes, you just have to accept that you won’t do the workout from beginning to end in one shot. A workout broken up in 10 minute sections is better than no workout at all!
3. After the kids are tucked in bed at night
I usually have less energy to workout in a the end of the day. If I do workout in the evening, I often start with low enthusiasm and go through the motions. Before I know it, I’m am fully into the moment and enjoying (if that’s what you want to call it) my workout.
4. Go to a gym that offers child care
I don’t go to a gym but I know plenty of mom’s that go to gyms where they offer child care. Sometimes you have to book ahead to ensure that they will have space for your child.
5. Use your lunch hour
If you are a working mom use your lunch hour to work out. This is my best strategy when I’m working full-time. Luckily for me, I have access to an outdoor track and a shower at work in the summer and a gym close by in the winter.
6. Join a stroller size class or baby/mommy yoga class
I have seen many advertisements for some exercise classes that are baby friendly and help moms workout with their babies. Running through a local park one Saturday morning this summer, I saw an exercise class being conducted beside a playground. Kids played on the swing sets and slides while their mommies worked out on the grassy field. I thought that was a great idea! It would be a great way to meet other mom’s too!
7. Pick a workout you love
Picking an activity you love is important in order too keep motivated and keep doing it. I love running and competing with myself. I try to run faster, or farther every time. Having goals also helps to keep motivated. I also enjoy Yoga. It’s good for those days you when lack any energy or are stressed out!
Do you have any tips on carving time out of your busy day to workout?