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.

How to make time for exercise as a mommy

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!




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  1. Tori G @ Styled Like A Rockstar

    I totally needed this! I always feel like I never have time!

  2. Great tips, my friend! Making it a priority is definitely key, along with gym child care. I don’t know what I’d do without it since at home DVDs rarely work for me 🙂

  3. I’m not a mom but I can still use many of these tips! I’ve heard lots of good things about the Tone It Up Girls

  4. Great Tips – thanks for sharing! I feel you have to make yourself a priority to be healthy and happy for you and your family – they need you WHOLE:) I think a partner in crime is great too! Happy Hump Day

  5. Im so exhausted that I barely able to make excercise a daily priority even though I KNOW that I feel so much better when I consistently do it. These tips were very helpful especially #1. Let’s see if I can get 20 minutes in today.

    • I’m so happy that these were helpful to you! It is definitely hard to get motivated when you’re tired, so doing a little bit at a time is a less painful way to squeeze it in. 🙂

  6. Great post. I wish my gym’s childcare started earlier. It’s inconvenient for us early morning people. As for the DVDs, can I come steal your Physique 57??? 😉

  7. Love it! You and I have very similar attitudes about fitting it in as a new mommy!

  8. This is perfect! I am starting to get back into a work-out routine and these tips are definitely helpful (even though I don’t have any kids yet to distract me). Thanks for sharing!

  9. I absolutely agree with you 100%! After have a child, you are completely exhausted, but eventually your body begins to beg for physical activity. I have always included exercise in my daily routine, since I was 16. So it feels odd to go a day without a run or a workout at the gym. I love your suggestion of taking advantage of the childcare services at your gym. I take my kids 5 days a week to the gym and they love the friends they’ve made and the workers in the childcare room. I make that my #1 priority when looking for a new gym, because we move quite often. But this is so important for me. I make it a priority and make sure I go at least 5 days a week. And I’m just now back to my pre-baby weight before my first child, who is now 3 years old! It takes time and dedication to get your body back! But for me, it’s an important part of being happy and feeling like myself again. Thanks for these great tips! I found you through the Lovin the Weekend Blog Hop! My little corner is I hope you stop by soon!

  10. Excellent suggestions! I became a fitness buff right after my daughter was born. Excellent tips!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  11. Leslie

    I just joined a gym because they had a daycare service. I love having the time for myself and Mu daughter having time to play with other kids.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  12. One of my mommy friends and I have a stroller run each week. Our girls are only 6 weeks apart, so naptimes are fairly similar. The day each week may change, but we make it a point to get together, get sweaty and have some good discussion!
    And you are right- 10 minutes here and there really does work, doing planks/push ups while the baby plays is so convenient!

  13. I am there with trying to find the time to exercise especially with a little one! Thank goodness for XBOX! I have the whole family playing video games with me through Zumba :).

    The Wondering Brain

  14. Great tips! I completely agree with you.

    My fitness tip is get it in first thing in the morning. When I get it in first thing in morning, I feel great, don’t feel guilty if I can’t find time during the rest of the day, and any other exercise is just icing on the cake. I hope you’ll come link up with me on Fitness Fridays!

  15. Hi Erin,

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ll definitely share this article to my bestfriend who is also a mommy. I’ve told and encouraged her to make time even just for a few minutes to exercise. Indeed, a physical activity like walking or stretching as part of the day is beneficial.



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