Fitting in Workouts as a Busy Mom

It is not easy to stay fit while juggling between all our mommy chores, here are some tips for how to squeeze some exercise in your busy schedule.

As I type this, I am 9 days away from my due date. I can’t wait to meet my second child! And once the newborn dust settles (it’s a hectic time!), I cannot wait to get back to fitness.

You can exercise while your baby naps or plays in the jumper. My favorite DVD of all time is Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (it’s so hard!)

When my son was a year old, I did a Half Ironman. Training sucked up about 15 hours a week for months on end, and sometimes, it felt like a battle just to get out the door. It’s challenging to juggle parenthood with workouts, but it can be done. All you need most is a bit of creativity, planning, help, and a hefty dose of motivation.

Here are some ways to squeeze in workouts as a busy mom:

Fall in Love with Workout DVDs:
Especially when your baby is young, you can feel tied to the house. If you struggle to find time to go to the gym, workout DVDs are a perfect compromise. You can exercise while your baby naps or plays in the jumper. My favorite DVD of all time is Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (it’s so hard!), but I’m looking forward to testing out the PiYo DVDs once my baby is born.

Buy a Treadmill:
If DVDs aren’t your thing, get a treadmill – you’ll be able to walk and run regardless of the time, the weather, or your baby’s schedule. Treadmills don’t have to be super expensive; check out Craigslist for like-new treadmills at rock-bottom prices.

Get a Jogging Stroller:
I resisted getting a jogging stroller, but I don’t know why! Jogging strollers give you an amazing amount of freedom once your little one is old enough to safely ride inside. Again, browse Craigslist or consignment shops for used strollers at great prices.

Join a Fit4Mom Group:
Every mom needs mom friends, and if you enjoy being active, a group like Fit4Mom’s Stroller Strides is an awesome way to meet people. These stroller-based fitness programs last an hour and incorporate power walking and strengthening moves with games and songs for your child. Stroller Stride classes are offered all over the country; check out the website to see if there is one near you.

Utilize Gym Childcare:
First-time moms can be wary of gym childcare – I know I was! But some are really great, welcoming, and fun places for kiddos to hang out. Take a tour of your gym’s facilities, and if you’re not impressed, tour other gyms to see what else is available in your area. My son has been attending gym childcare since he was 3 months old, and it made him more comfortable with strangers and other kids. I can’t say enough good things about it!

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