The magical moment when you arrive at motherhood is such an exciting time in one’s life. Having a child not only changes how you feel about the world, feel about love, and see life beyond your own eyes, but it has a bigger impact on one thing for all women: our bodies. Whether you are a mom who is able to bounce back, or a mom who struggles with those last pounds, the biggest concern we find is lack of time to get back into shape and get fit!
Whether you are on your first child or sixth, our schedules are already so full and loaded that trying to fit in anytime for ourselves seems almost impossible. Remembering that your health is an important factor to your family and your children, is a great reason to motivate yourself to get fit and take care of your body.
A couple of things to look at before preparing a workout plan for your already full schedule are:
What can you fit in your day right now?
How can you change your routine to give you more time to exercise?
What kind of activities appeal to me?
Once you have answered all of those questions, motivating yourself, and finding time to exercise will become easier. If you find you really don’t like going to the gym, but love hiking and running, it’s easier to have that plan in your week to make time to get outside. If you already know that your children are late-risers, getting a workout in an hour before they wake up is an easy way to change your schedule to accommodate a workout.
Getting The Most Workout For Your Time to Help You Get Fit
The first thing you need to do to get a successful workout in, is to plan it. If it’s already on your schedule, on an alarm on your phone, or scribbled down on a pad on your wall, you are more likely to take initiative and finish your workout. The best times for working out are up to you. Whether it is in the morning, while kids get a nap, or in the evening. Whenever you can find a moment to yourself, is the best moment to work on your health. There is not a wrong time to exercise. Whether it is cardio for 1 hour straight, or 15 minute intervals throughout the day, create a schedule that is easy for you to follow and stick with your plan.
Any Exercise Is Good Exercise
Sometimes we think we need to be on an elliptical machine or be in an aerobics class to get a “real” workout. Take advantage of our daily tasks and opportunities with your children to get a good sweat going. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park farther away from the supermarket entrance, have a dance party with your children. Turn moments of where you are stationary, to moving around, from doing squats while folding laundry, to doing sit ups while watching TV. Children are always wanting to be on the go, so jog alongside them while they ride their bike is another great example of getting involved with your children. You’ll discover the more active you are, the family will follow.
There are plenty of great workout videos you can buy or even view online. Websites like Blogilates, offers short Youtube videos that can be done as bursts of energy, or done multiple times for a full workout. These are great while the kids entertain themselves with a coloring book or legos. You can easily find a quick 10 minute video on your computer or smart phone and get rid of some calories in the kitchen without your children even noticing your absence.
Using videos are also a great way to mix up your routine, discover something new, and keep you from getting bored with working out. There are plenty of videos where your children can join in and laugh with you. Doing 3, 10 minutes videos a day is all it takes to see a difference.
Join A Gym or Program
If you have a gym or YMCA close to you, check it out and see if it would work for your family. Most gyms now offer classes, childcare, and even children’s programs to help you have more time for yourself to get in shape, while entertaining your children. There are also other programs for new moms like Stroller Strides and StrollerFit that are worth taking a look, if you have a young child you can take them with you and bond.
If you have a smartphone, there are plenty of great apps that can help you get into shape when you have limited time. The MyFitnessPal app is a great calorie counting app that also includes some exercise instructions. The Nike App is also an amazing resource as they have free exercise videos and commands from 5 minutes videos to 30 minute workouts.
The most important thing to remember is to keep moving in your daily life. Whether you invest in machines, a gym, or commit to being more active with your children, you are making an amazing choice for your family to remain as healthy as you can be. Healthy choices are also made together as a family, and as mom starts to be more active and eat healthy, you’ll find you’ll have set great healthy habits in motion for your family.