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.
Fitness Tips for Busy Canadian Moms
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 after school swimming, you can plan a workout session. You don’t need to reserve hours each day for fitness and 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 and give you fitness tips 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.
I find joining a group with anything is very motivational.
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!!
These are all awesome tips, but my problem is I hate exercising, I have never liked it even when I was young!!
Working out when the kids play is a great idea. It’s the only chance I’ve had for exercise recently!
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!
Great fitness tips, I think I just need a big push 🙂
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!
I think joining a group is a great idea. I need to do that.