When I finish a workout, I feel great! Top notch attitude and energy for days… keyword: WHEN.
I don’t get many opportunities to workout, but when I do, it’s usually interrupted by toddler tantrums and sibling arguments… unless I workout before the kids wake up, but I love my sleep too much, so that’s never happened.
If this sounds like you too, I’m here to help! Exercise can take many forms. You don’t have to be in the gym running on the treadmill 5 miles every day, or bench pressing 200+ pounds to stay fit. Even small amounts of daily, physical activity can help you stay healthy and strong.
1. Take a walk or hike.
Put your kids in the wagon and take a walk around the block, or strap ’em into a carrier and go on a hike. These are both great ways to get some fresh air and spend time with the fam, while getting some exercise into your day.
2. Take the stairs.
The Guardian suggests climbing those flights of stairs wherever you go. This simple change can contribute to muscle strength rather than body fat… that sounds pretty good to me.
3. Just Dance/Zumba.
My son is OBSESSED with Just Dance, the Xbox game. While we do get the opportunity to play it when we visit my parents’ house, we don’t personally own the game. So what do I do at home? I pull up YouTube, look up some Just Dance songs, and dance with him! My son doesn’t know the difference whether he’s actually playing the game or not at this age, so it’s perfect entertainment for him and great exercise for me.
Likewise, if you enjoy Zumba, check out YouTube. There are tons of videos that are great for a quick sweat. The kids can join in on this one, too!
Note: If limiting screen time, just turn on some music or crank up the radio and dance together! Make up your own moves! I know you’ve got some 😉
4. Play with your kiddos.
Taking the kids to the park? Play on the equipment alongside them. You’ll get your heart rate up and your children will have fond memories of you as a playful, energetic mama!
If the playground is too small for adults, chase the kids around a field, or up and down a hill. I’ve done this before and I probably looked a little cray cray, but they loved it!
If your children are a bit older, bring sports equipment to the park; play soccer, throw a football, or shoot some hoops.
5. Do something active that you actually enjoy.
This one is simple. If you like playing tennis, do that. If you enjoy roller skating, go for it. Just find a physical activity that you actually enjoy and get active!
6. Park your car far away from the building.
Going somewhere? Golden Door suggests parking farther away from your office (or wherever you might be headed) to get a little cardio session in.
Hopefully you’re not wearing heels…
7. HIIT (high-intensity interval training)
Ok, so this one is actually exercise. However, most HIIT workouts range from only 5 to 15 minutes in length. You’ll still burn fat, but in a much shorter time frame than a traditional cardio session. So it’s super quick and easy to fit in, but be prepared to work. It’s called “high-intensity” for a reason!
8. Ride a bike.
Biking is good exercise, and fun, too! If your kids aren’t old enough to ride bikes on their own yet, invest in a bike trailer or seat. They’re lots of fun!
9. Do some moves while watching TV.
The last thing you probably want to do after a long day is exercise. Most of us just want to plop down in front of the television and turn on something mind numbing, BUT if this is the only chance you have to get active, doing so can go a long way over time.
Try side planks, lunges, arm circles or squats during commercials. These are simple exercises, but they can give you that little extra boost your body needs with minimal effort. Mama likes minimal effort.
10. Walk the doggy.
According to Real Simple, exercising or walking a dog can get your body movin’. If you don’t have a dog of your own, maybe a neighbor will let you borrow theirs. You did lend them sugar that one time… they have to return the favor somehow.
11. Go swimming.
Everyone loves going to the beach, lake, or pool. These places seem more like leisure time than anything else, but swimming is actually one of the best ways to exercise because it recruits virtually all of your muscles. Your kids will enjoy a swim session and your body will reap the benefits, too!
Simple, sweet, and to the point. That’s what I like to see and I’m sure you do, too. Let me know how these tips work out for you… Haha, “work out” for you. Get it??
Share this post with a mommy you know who could use some resourceful ways to get active. Oh, and let me know in the comments below how you get your exercise in daily!
Until next time…