Exercise tips for busy mums
Finding time to exercise as a busy mum can be challenging, I should know.
I stupidly thought I would be able to pick up where I left off when it came to my exercise regime.
Boy was I wrong.
But it is important to prioritise your health and fitness to stay healthy and energised, not only for your energy levels but also for your mental health.
Mental health in Mums can be very fragile, and rightly so, there is a lot of work, not to mention on often little sleep and for some even less support. It was no accident I developed postnatal depression and I know I am not alone. Being a mum, especially the first time is HARD work, which means finding time for you be it exercise or just to enjoy a coffee in peace is a big priority.
Here are some tips to help you find time to exercise:
1. Schedule your workouts
If it is important it deserves and appointment. Just like any other appointment, schedule time for your workouts in your daily routine. It can be early in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening after your kids are asleep.
2. Make it a family affair: Involve your kids in your workouts.
You can take a family walk, bike ride or do some family yoga. Also dont forget that your kids are always copying you, so if you are busy and active they will want to join in.... let them and tire them out at the same time!
3. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine
Find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. You can take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while brushing your teeth, or do lunges while folding laundry or waiting for the kettle to boil. A favourite of mine is when I do the grocery shopping I always be sure to engage my biceps to make sure I get a bit of an isometric push on my muscles.
4. Get up early
Wake up earlier than your kids and use that time to exercise. This has been a God save since I first became a Mother years ago, and eventhough my kids are a bit older I still do it to this day to take control of my day and start the day as I meant to go on. It is not called priming for no reason.
5. Join a gym with a creche or childcare
Many gyms offer childcare services, so you can work out while your kids are taken care of. Do a bit of research and sign up for a few gym sessions to experiment which gyms and creches you like. You might even enjoy it. Do you research by chatting to fellow mums so you can be secure in the knowledge that the staff are fully trained and are able to contact you whenever they need.
6. Use online workouts
Online workouts are a convenient way to exercise from home.
You can find free workouts on YouTube or subscribe to a workout app. These can be super affordable or free.
Remember, consistency is key when it comes to exercise. Start small and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as you become more comfortable. With some planning and dedication, you can find time to exercise and prioritize your health as a busy mum.
With love in wellness + optimal energy