We’ve talked a lot about self care on the blog this summer. One of the things I do for myself is exercise. Many of you know that I started running 2 years ago. I can’t say I love it, lol. It’s hard and it hurts. But it’s one of the few things I do for myself that really is just for me. I can get fresh air, listen to my favorite music or have a great conversation with a friend, and just be. But how do you find time to work out with young children at home? Today’s guest blogger is one of my best friends. Renee has this uncanny ability to be whoever you need her to be as your fitness coach (do you need a drill sergeant or stand up comedian or someone to rock the baby to sleep? She does it all.),and she has a real and honest approach to being healthy and active that I really respect. She also hosts a super fun mommy and me workout group.
How do you find time to work out with young children at home? Share your tips with us in the comments!
Finding Time to Work Out with Young Children
There is an endless amount of things to do on a mom’s list: plan activities, transport children to activities, plan and make wholesome meals, plan and host parties, spend quality time with the kids, and on and on. But of course also don’t forget self care, eating healthy, and working out! Easy right? Ha. Finding time to workout when you have small kids around and little free time can be quite a challenge. Picking out a workout plan is the easiest part. Figuring out when and how to actually do it is the hardest part. Here are a few tips for taking time to be physically active while also caring for little ones.
Trade Workout Time With A Partner
Find another mom friend who wants to be active and offer to trade playdate times. Set up a time for you to drop off your kids for a playdate while you workout. Then watch her kids while she works out. The key is to make sure you’re both committed and find a time that works for both. You could also take turns with your spouse/life partner.
Include Kids in Your Workout
If your kids are old enough it can be really fun to get them involved in your workout. Have them bike while you jog along, turn on a fun kids workout video (YouTube and Prime both have some great options) and join them! You can also look into a mommy and me Yoga class for an active and relaxing time together.
Be Active As A Family
Make a family challenge to choose something active to do together every weekend. Watching the kids from the sidelines does not count! Go on a family bike ride, hike, explore a new city with “urban hiking”, go swimming, etc. The winter can be more challenging but get creative with a family dance party, indoor swimming pool, or skiing, sledding, and even snow hiking.
You can stay more active by moving when your kids move. When you go to the playground you can use bars, stairs, and other equipment to get in a workout. When your kids is at soccer practice, instead of sitting down you can walk or jog around the perimeter. If your children have their bikes or scooters out you can use the opportunity to do some strength training or cardio outside with them.
Go to Mommy and Me Bootcamp
When you have babies and toddlers at home, joining a Mommy and Me fitness class is the perfect way to get out of the house and get in a workout. You’ll make friends with other moms that know the challenge of this season of life. You’ll also have accountability partners, which research shows is the most important component when sticking to any type of physical activity. The time tends to go faster when you’re working out and socializing with friends and before you know it you’re done! Bonus: the instructor takes care of the “what” of the workout, you just have to show up and do it!
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