15 Tricks That Will Make It Easier to Be a Fit Mom
Fitting fitness into a busy schedule is hard and exercise is often the first thing to get scratched from the calendar. But, with a little forethought and planning, it’s doable. Make your well-being a priority. Don’t allow yourself to think of your health as a secondary priority. When Mommy’s happy and healthy, everyone else has a better shot of following suit.
Here are some tips that will help make it easier for your to be a fit mom:
1. First Things First
Work out before the day gets away from you. There are just too many activities and commitments that come up. You’re finished before the kids wake up.
2. Block It Out
If you have an appointment on your calendar, chances are you show up. If I set aside specific times in my planner, they feel more like an appointment I have to keep.
3. Have a Plan for How You’ll Sweat
Once you’ve penciled in your workout, don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually do once you get to the gym. It’s another thing to find the motivation to figure out what to do for a workout. If I know beforehand exactly what I plan to do, I make it happen.
4. Don’t Worry About Your Outfit
Don’t waste your little free time debating wardrobe choices. Lay out your clothes the night before. Heck, sleep in your workout clothes if that helps! Eliminating that one step of figuring out what to wear helps getting up at 5 a.m. easier.
5. Take advantage of Lunch Hour
If crack-of-dawn or after-work training sessions aren’t your jam, try doing something on your lunch hour. Do your workout, run, yoga, whatever but you have to create the opportunity and then commit to it.
6. Include Your Kids
It’s hard to find dedicated “alone time” as a parent — but do you really need it? Embrace working out with your kids, and they’ll see that Mommy is a strong woman who enjoys working out. As your children grow older, workouts can be bonding time.
7. Make the Jungle Gym Your Bootcamp
Who says that you’re too old to play outside? When you take your kids to the playground, try to play right along with them. Try some triceps dips off a bench, incline push-ups, step ups, and maybe even try to do a pull-up on the monkey bars.
8. Run With ‘Em
Put your kids in a jogging stroller and take them with you. You can sing and chat during our run together.
9. Sweeten the Deal
Sometimes, you have to grease the wheels in order to fit in your workout. Whether the bribe is a fruit snack, park play [time], or something else, your kids are more willing to participate with minimal complaining when there is something in it for them. No shame in that.
10. Be a Workout Ninja
Stealthy workouts become a must when your schedule is overflowing. You have to sneak around and get your workouts in wherever you can – and sometimes that means in some curious ways. But you can do 10-15 minutes of strength training while the kids are eating. Find a show they love and get on the treadmill. You are guaranteed at least 20 minutes of uninterrupted time while they are calm and quiet.
11. Take to the Streets
Being a soccer mom in a minivan is cliché — so ditch the ride. When weather permits, make your commute an active one. Walk your kids to school or bike to work.
12. Audit Your Schedule
Most of us have unused chunks of time in our day. Those 30-minutes we spend on Facebook or Pinterest. Those 10-minute intervals we spend checking email or cleaning. Pay attention to how you’re spending your time and figure out which activities you could ‘take’ time from.
13. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Let’s face it, life happens in the form of sick days, tantrums and gigantic messes that won’t clean themselves. Learn to accept the time you do have and make the most of it. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Do your best for you.
14. Make Any Space a Home Gym
While not making it to the gym or a class is a convenient excuse, the truth is, you don’t need fitness special equipment, or a gym membership, to work out. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a chair, but you’d by surprised at the range of exercises you can do with a chair.
15. Build a Support Crew
Juggling the responsibilities of family, work and life can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Like-minded parents are a great support system. Fellow parents can also sympathize when life gets messy. It’s OK for me to ask for help.