I don’t have time for the gym, heck I didn’t even have time to take a shower today. I was in desperate need of easy fitness tips for moms that don’t include going to a gym. I’m mom to four kids, one of which is three months old and has decided that nursing all day is a thing. And let me tell you, nursing does not melt off the pounds for everyone. I am carrying around extra baby weight, flappy skin and a muffin top. Hello postpartum body! I live in mothertucker shapewear leggings these days. They are magnificent incase anyone is wondering.
Now that we have had a week to decompress from the holidays it’s time to kick it into high gear. No more would’ve, could’ve, should’ve mentalities you guys (and by guys, I mean gals) and let’s face it, I’m really talking to myself here. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to fitness. This is embarrassing to admit, but I have a gym membership that I haven’t used in a year. Really I could go on and on about why I don’t go to the gym, but lets not back-pedal on the real reason you are still reading. It is 2017 after all and it’s onward and upward.
Easy Fitness Tips For Moms
Have a Plan of Action
Don’t go into your fitness plan blind each day. Have workout routines ready to go for those quick workouts. I pick up inspiration for at home workouts from youtube, pinterest and instagram. Just search mommy and me and at home workouts. I bookmark workouts during my daughters late night cluster feedings.
Start an Exercise Routine
When my baby gets antsy during the day I opt for 5-10 minutes with her where we do lunges, high knees and sitting twists together. It’s a great distraction for her and usually gets her to stop crying and worn out before a nap.
I don’t go into my day planning a full 45-minute sweat session, but having at least two 10-minute high intensity calorie burners during my day is better than nothing. Try an early morning session of stretching, jump rope, lunges and squats. Squeeze in 5 sets up and down stairs during that mid-afternoon nap. It will get your heart pumping and take about 10 minutes of your time. End the day alternating between high knees and pushups for as long as you can go.
Log your sessions each day on a note pad and keep track of what you are accomplishing. It’s a great way to stay accountable and push yourself to increase your workout.
It’s easy to skip meals when your busy being a mom. Have daily meal plans and healthy snacks prepped for each day. Pick your fuel wisely by having granola bars, fruits and nuts on hand when hunger strikes. Keep portions in check by controlling how much you put on your plate. I won’t even go into the amount of water you should intake, we all know this is important. I will say that hydration is key and you need to lay off the dark drinks. My number one rule is, if you can’t see through it, you can’t drink it. So skip the sodas and opt for clear fruit juices if you need flavor.
Get Moving with Chores
Put on some upbeat music and get some chores done. Spend 20 minutes with upbeat music on while you clean the house. Music may help get you more physically motivated and moving. Nothing like getting physically fit while you conquer vacuuming, sweeping and cleaning the bathroom.
Shopping is Exercise
Need to go grocery shopping or run to Target, make it a game of “how many steps can I get in”. Lace up your tennis shoes, put baby in a front carrier and turn your everyday activities into an exercise session.
Do you have any more easy fitness tips for moms that don’t include going to a gym? I’d love to add them to my new routine.