How To Keep Fit, Even When You Have Kids…

Keeping Fit

Don’t let children be your excuse not to look after your health

Having kids is one of the biggest drains on your time and can make it feel nearly impossible to stick with your fitness program.

You may have times when you get started on a program and stick with it for a few days but then something comes up and before you know it, it’s been a week or longer since you’ve done a workout.

If this is the case, it’s essential that you start analysing your schedule to determine where you can fit fitness in.

Remember, nothing says you need to do hour-long workouts for it to ‘count’.

Every little bit adds up, so start focusing on doing what you can and soon you’ll be seeing great progress.

Here are some quick tips to get you started.

Get Up And Do 10

If you have young ones who are sleeping through the night now, one of your best options may just be to get up earlier for 10 minutes before they wake up.

While the last thing you may feel liked doing is crawling out of your warm bed, this could be some uninterrupted time that will allow you to get your workouts in.

Ten minutes may not seem like much, but with a good circuit training program, you can certainly start seeing some significant results.

Plus, it’ll help wake your body up for the day ahead, giving you a great metabolic boost.

Place your workout clothes out the night before to make this process as easy for yourself as possible.

Invest In A Good Stroller

The next thing that you’ll want to consider is investing in a good stroller. If you have very young ones that are with you all throughout the day, having that stroller will help you get in daily walks as you build your fitness level back up again.

An hour of walking with a stroller can easily torch 400 calories, really putting a dent in your overall daily calorie burn.

If you can, make a lunch walking date with another mum who has children the same age.

It’ll be a great time to socialise, get exercise, and give your kids some fresh air.

Get Your Kids Involved

You might also consider getting your older kids involved as well.

Mum Fitness

Can you involve your child in some physical activity to build good habits in them too?

While you may not have them do strength training moves with you side by side, nothing says you can’t head out and play a game of Frisbee or go for a long bike ride with them.

This will give you ways to work your fitness level while spending time with them. Plus, it’ll help instill healthy habits in them that are likely to last a lifetime.

Consider A Gym With Childcare

Finally, don’t overlook attending a gym with childcare.  Provided they have certified professionals looking after your kids, this isn’t something to feel guilty about.

If you get some time for you to do your workout, chances are you will be that much happier and healthier as a mum – which is just what they need.

If you still don’t feel comfortable with childcare, consider hiring a babysitter for that one hour or drop your kids off with a loved one.

Or, if you have the resources available to do so, build your very own home gym in your garage or spare room.

This way you can still do your workouts without letting your kids every get out of sight.

While getting fit when you have a family is challenging, it’s not impossible.  Stay motivated and you will find a way.

Once you get into the groove of things and build good habits, you’ll find that fitness comes just as naturally as it did before.