How to make time for exercise (as a mommy)
I was really fortunate that I was able to exercise all throughout my pregnancy with Michael. I was even power walking and jogging up until a few days before giving birth…although some might argue that I was just waddling.
After Michael was born, I kind of had my hands full (go figure), and if I had any extra down time, I sure wasn’t thinking about working out.
That was a whole other story. I’d take one of those any day of the week.
Regardless of how tired I might have been, my body eventually started to beg for some exercise.
Obviously, I don’t have the freedom to work out any old time that I want anymore, and I can’t just pick up and go to a class whenever the feeling strikes me.
But I’ve learned how to fit in at least some physical activity into my day. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity.
1. Exercise in small blocks of time.
Because I might not always have a solid hour to sacrifice for a workout, I try to squeeze in 10 minutes here or 30 minutes there several times throughout the day. It might not be the ideal way to workout, but by the end of the day, those minutes have really added up.
2. Always make physical activity a part of the day.
Playtime, dancing, picking up his bottle every ten seconds when he drops it from his high chair, and taking long walks twice daily really keeps me in motion.
3. Find some great workout DVDs.
I’ve always been a big fan of working out at home, so I have a pretty substantial collection of workout videos. Some of my favorites are by Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Jari Love, and Physique 57. You can find my full thoughts about these DVDs here.
4. Turn to YouTube.
You all know that I love to watch beauty videos and vlogs on YouTube, but I also enjoy a lot of the workouts that are available on there. If you haven’t tried any of the ones by the Tone It Up girls, you must check out their channel. ASAP!
5. Ask your significant other for help.
MT always loves some one-on-one time with the baby which gives me the perfect opportunity to sneak away for a bit and squeeze in a nice workout (and if I’m lucky, maybe even a shower).
6. Make it a priority.
Like with most anything, if you don’t make exercise a priority, you’re not going to do it. There are plenty of days when I am super tired and don’t really feel like working out, but I always feel better once I do- and somehow I end up with more energy!
7. Make a play date out of it.
I’m very fortunate to have so many friends who also have babies. On almost any day of the week, I can find someone who is up for a walk, a dip in the pool, or a visit to the playground.
8. Take advantage of the childcare services at your gym.
I don’t belong to a gym because my neighborhood has a fitness facility. However, I have lots of mommy friends who drop their little ones off to the care center before their workouts. I’d just be sure to check the place out first!
While I might not be fit enough to enter any bodybuilding competitions, my exercise “routine” definitely works for me. And my biceps have never looked as good as they do now. Who needs weights when you have a chunky baby to cart around?
What are some of your tips for fitting exercise into your day?
Have a great day!