Fitness Tips for Busy Canadian Moms

| May 17, 2016 | 8 Comments

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Fitness Tips for Busy Canadian Moms  

In between round trips to school, extracurricular activities, preparing meals and working, who has time to exercise? Not everyone can be Tracy Moore and juggle two kids, a work life and look fit. Or so many moms think. Fitting in a workout session to a hectic daily mom schedule is not that hard. The difficult part is to bring yourself to stop making excuses that you are busy all the time. With some dedication on your part, along with the following these fitness tips, will help you transform into a productive and healthy super-mom:

1.     Make a Timetable

If you are one of those moms who has the whole week planned out and stuck on the refrigerator, you just might find time to exercise. Just like you plan and note down that drop off at school or pick up from afterschool swimming, you can plan a workout session. You don’t need to reserve hours each day for exercising. At least 15 minutes before bath time should be fine.

2.     Don’t be Intimidated

Many moms when they think of exercising think of lifting barbells and doing pull-ups in a dingy gym full of men on steroids. Don’t be intimidated by the overtly masculinised portrayals of working out. You don’t work out to get biceps the size of maple tree trunks. You do it to get the healthy body that you deserve. Go and find a wellness coach who will be able to recommend you exercises that will be within your interest and ability to perform as a beginner, such as jogging, swimming, Pilates and so on.

3.     Work Out When the Kids Play

If your reserve some time each day to watch the kids play, you may be able to double that time as your workout session. You can skip rope, do squats, or use a cycling machine while you watch the children play. You can also join them and run around and get sweaty. Doing something is better than nothing.

4.     Start Light

If you are a beginner who have never participated in any form of athletic activity before, exercising may seem particularly hard. You can overcome this mental hurdle by starting off with simple work out sessions. Instead of running on the treadmill, do some light jogging in the beginning. If you don’t like strength training on machines, you can use handheld dumbbells instead. You can also find a yoga instructor or a swimming coach to try things that will benefit you physically as well as mentally.

5.     Join a Group

People are better at accomplishing difficult tasks in groups. Losing weight and getting fit is no exception. So, if you are at a loss in the beginning and don’t know where to start, you can try joining a fitness group in your area. There are many situated locally and nationwide in Canada that are intended specially for moms. You will be able to get more fitness tips, healthy eating tips and motivation guidance within a fitness group.

What do you think? Are you ready to try one or two of the above tips to become a healthy mom?

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About the Author ()

Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I find joining a group with anything is very motivational.

  2. Leslie Crosbie says:

    My biggest problem with staying in shape is
    getting started although I know logically that if I do I would feel better in the long run!!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    These are all awesome tips, but my problem is I hate exercising, I have never liked it even when I was young!!

  4. KD says:

    Working out when the kids play is a great idea. It’s the only chance I’ve had for exercise recently!

  5. Brenda A says:

    It truly is difficult to find the time to exercise. I think of it often! Does that count? I find now that my kids are older and sleep well at night, I can get up early and squeeze out some time on the elliptical. Or I try to at least!

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Great fitness tips, I think I just need a big push 🙂

  7. sarah alexis says:

    i like the join a group tip. I signed up for paddlefit classes with my friend from work – it was a lot of fun and inspired me to get out and get fit!

  8. loriag says:

    I think joining a group is a great idea. I need to do that.

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