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I don’t make time for the gym, heck I can barely squeeze in a good shower these days. My kids are always pulling me in opposite directions with I’m bored, I need a snack, can we play on the computer…
With a new year in front of us, I am in desperate need of easy fitness tips for moms that don’t include going to a gym. I have a gym membership, but committing to the gym daily just isn’t going to happen right now. I clearly am not that concerned with the extra baby weight I’ve been carrying around (my child is three) or the muffin top, but what I really want to do is be healthy-ish and be a healthy role model for my family. I live in shapewear leggings, they are a game-changer in case anyone is wondering and love getting the kids active and out of the house with me.
Now that we have completely decompressed from the holidays it’s time to kick it into high gear. No more would’ve, could’ve, should’ve mentalities you guys 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 that gym membership hasn’t been used in over a year. Really I could go on and on about why I don’t go to the gym, but let us not back-pedal on the real reason you are still reading. Onward and upward.
Easy Fitness Tips For Moms
Have a Plan of Action
Don’t go into your fitness plan blind each day. If you are planning to do at home workouts, pick up inspiration and bookmark them from Youtube, Pinterest, and Instagram. If you are just looking to get more active, plan outings that require you to be active. Make a bucket list of places to explore in your area, find parks where you can take the kids on little adventures.
Start an Exercise Routine
Start an exercise routine with your kids each day. Carve out a midday and afternoon exercise class. Take it back to your days of elementary PE class and set the timer for 5 minutes. Do intervals of twenty of each 5 times. I do these along side my kids, we love high knees, cherry pickers, jumping jacks and crunches. It’s a great distraction to switch things up before you move on to a new activity for the day. When you have time to yourself squeeze in 10-minute high-intensity calorie burner. 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 in your planner 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 or eat junk when you are busy being a mom. Have daily meal plans and healthy snacks prepared the night before. 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. Skip the sodas and opt for sparkling water if you need flavor.
Get Moving with Chores
Put on some upbeat music and clean the house. Music helps get you more physically motivated and moving. Nothing like getting physically fit while you conquer vacuuming, wiping baseboards and cleaning the bathroom.
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.