But it’s hard, very hard. Staying on top of your fitness can be a daunting challenge, even more so if you’re a working mama.
However, it’s not impossible. Here’s three ways to help moms stay on their fitness regimen without feeling overwhelmed.
Find a Buddy
Some people love to workout alone. It gives them time to concentrate on their routine or simply think and reconnect with themselves while they’re in workout mode.
However, not all feel that way. Some find working out to be boring or even lonesome. If you fall into this category, then finding a buddy to exercise with may just be what you need.
Ask another mama to join you for a brisk stroller walk with your baby and kids, or enlist a coworker to half their lunch period and go for a speed walk before having to go back into the office.
The trick with the buddy system is to choose a fitness partner that has the same exercise goals in mind. This ensures you both will have a better chance at staying on track and not cancelling workout dates.
Workout at Home
If you’re a stay-at-home mom and you either can’t find the time to physically pair up with a buddy and go somewhere to workout or you’re a work-at-home mom who needs to tend to their clients – even if you’re a working mom who is exhausted at the end of your day and can’t find the motivation to workout after work – I’ve got you covered.
Working out at home can entail anything from putting on a workout DVD to doing crunches while your baby sleeps to throwing your favorite music on and dancing silly with your kids.
Cardio exercise consists of doing an activity that raises your heartbeat. Strength training consists of exercising your muscles to help build and tone them.
There’s tons of ways you can workout from home while engaging in both cardio and strength training: play soccer with your kids, challenge them to game of basketball, pull or push them in a wagon around the block, hop on your bikes and peddle away, even playing a game of tag can all be classified as exercise.
And the best part is, you’re spending time with your children, engaging with them physically, and the both of you are getting some beneficial exercise in. A win-win situation for everyone!
Try Something New
Never taken a yoga class before? Try taking one, if you hate it then you know it’s not for you, but if you enjoy it – now you have a new challenge to take on.
Maybe you think Pilates is too hard for you, try a class and see how things go.
Heard that Zumba is super fun? Attend a trial class and shake your booty – you just might enjoy it.
Trying new forms of exercise when working out is beneficial to keep your interest piqued and your mind focused on your fitness goals.
The fact that you’ll meet a bunch of new women who are probably in your same situation is an added bonus. And who knows, you just might find a new workout buddy and a new favorite exercise in the process. Score for mom!
- Always let your doctor know about your exercise schedule and goals. They also will be able to recommend some new routines you never thought to incorporate.
- If you have a smartphone, there are tons of apps available to help you plan and keep on your fitness regimen. Utilize them to keep track of your exercise goals.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and website content manager specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.