Being a mom means that you potentially have hundreds of additional responsibilities throughout the week, making it much harder for you to schedule time for yourself. Between getting kids to and from school, after school activities, and additional general household activities to do, there’s not always extra room during the day to sneak in a workout. However, if you plan ahead, you can get in a great workout during activities with your kids, without taking away from quality time with them! Check out these three tips for getting in more movement as a busy mom.
1. Try interval workouts
When time isn’t on your side, a quick interval workout can help you get some movement in without having to spend over an hour at the gym. Add in the convenience of being able to utilize all body weight movements, and you can get in a great workout just about anywhere at any time!
If you’re a morning person, try a quick tabata workout before the kids get up - you’ll be done in just 4 minutes and still have time to make breakfast for everyone. More of an evening person? After the kids go to bed, try cycling through 4-5 body weight movements, working 30 seconds at a time with anywhere from 10-20 seconds of rest, depending on your experience with the movements. These types of workouts allow you to perform maximum effort with minimal rest and provide you with a great workout in a short amount of time.
2. Play with your kids
This might go without saying, but playing with your kids will help you get in some extra movement and extra quality time. Have a basketball hoop? Play a few rounds of HORSE 94 two on two basketball. Do your kids like skateboarding or bike riding? Grab your bike and cruise around the neighborhood with them. Whatever activity they love to do, participating in that activity will get you more movement and will provide you with even more quality time.
3. Move while your kids move
Are your kids in any sports-related after school activities? Their practice time is a great way for you to get some movement in as well.
During their practice or games, walk around the park, do some body weight movements in the grass, or utilize some of the workout equipment that public parks often have. Fitting in a workout during their practices gives you a scheduled time each week (or even a couple times a week) to get some movement in yourself!
Having a consistent workout schedule while having kinds can be tough, but finding ways to get in short workouts that work with your schedule can make it a lot easier to commit to.
Lauren Weiss is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor based out of Long Beach, CA. She specializes in kettlebell training and unconventional workouts and has been working with both types of fitness for over a year. Lauren has her BOLT Kettlebell Sport Certification through the USA Kettlebell League and has expertise working with kettlebells, barbells, dumbbells and several unconventional fitness tools. Lauren received her BA in Journalism and uses her writing expertise to craft thought-provoking articles about trending fitness, health & wellness topics. Follow Lauren on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.
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