If you're struggling to find ways to get exercise while home with your little, check out these fitness tips for stay at home moms.
As a stay at home mom, you may feel like you barely have time to shower, let alone take care of your health and stay fit. I know I did when I was a stay at home mom. I am a work at home mom now, but I still find that getting fit is often pushed to the wayside in lieu of stuff my kids need, rides I need to give and work deadlines. Getting active had to become a priority so I had to get creative. Here are some fitness tips for stay at home moms.
Fitness Tips for Stay at Home Moms
Join a Mom's group that focuses on fitness – Find a local mom's group that does fitness activities or classes. Fit4Mom has groups throughout the country that provide fitness classes where you can bring your children, such as StrollerStrides, which is a full body workout that actually uses your stroller! If you do not have a Fit4Mom group in your area, check local Meetups for similar groups run by parents in your area. Or start your own!
Find a gym with a daycare or trade off with another stay at home mom – When my daughter was small, I joined a gym with a daycare in it. It was limited to one hour per day, but it was included in the membership, and one hour was plenty of time for me to do some cardio and lifting. If your gym doesn’t have the option, why not switch off with a gal pal?
Walk when talking on the phone– I know that sometimes my only social time was spent on the phone when I was a stay at home mom, and even as a work from home mom, so I try to walk when I am on the phone. I either just walk around my house or I go for a walk. If my kids were little, I would have loaded them up in a stroller and hit the pavement while talking on the phone to my mom or a girlfriend.
Make daily playground time your workout time– Do your kids beg to go to the neighborhood playground every day? Make this your time, too. Some playgrounds have walking tracks for parents, but you can walk or run laps around the park either way. Monkey bars are great for pull-ups, there are stairs and slides and simply playing with your kids can be a great way to get active. Invite neighborhood moms and play group games, too!
Involve your kids in your fitness routine– You have probably seen people putting their kids on their backs and doing push-ups. Why not do something similar? You could load baby up in a carrier and do lunges or if you have pre-school age kids, get them involved in doing yoga with you. The added bonus is it creates healthy fitness habits in your kids!
Use music as a motivator– When I really want to do something, music seems to motivate me. Turn on some music and clean your house and you might just find yourself dancing along. This is great for staying active and totally counts as you scrub the floor.
Exercise before anyone is up– If you really are feeling like there is not enough time in the day to fit in some exercise, do it before anyone else is up. Start your day this way and you may even find that it sets you up for a great mood all day.
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