Finding Time to Workout – it’s something ALL moms seem to wonder and ask themselves. When to do it? How to do it? Lets face it Finding Time to Workout isn’t easy. It’s something you actually need to plan and think about. My friend Jessica Morrison is a new contributor for MomGenerations.com! Jessica has the blog: 30 Something Mother Runner. she’s sharing her tips today with us!
Finding Time to Workout
As busy moms (and dads!), it’s often hard to find the time to shower, let alone squeeze in a quick workout. We are stretched in so many different directions that we often forget to take time out of the day for ourselves. Carving out part of the day for a fitness workout will not only keep you healthy, it will help you handle the chaos of work/family life. Here are some tips for finding time to workout:
Tips for Finding Time to Workout
1. Set the alarm for a half hour earlier than you would normally wake up. I know, I know, it’s so hard to get up any earlier than you already do! However, studies show that people who workout in the morning are better able to stick with their exercise routine. It’s hard to do for the first week or two, but once you get in the groove, I promise you will be happy you did! A brisk workout is a great way to start the day! You feel more awake and better able to handle whatever the day throws at you!
2. Swap childcare with a friend. I like to do this with some of my girlfriends. One person works out first while the other parent watches the kids and vice a versa. You can also do this with a group, in which you rotate days of the week for childcare.
3. Find a local gym that has childcare. Our old YMCA used to have free babysitting, and my boys loved going there! It was so nice to be able to work out and actually get to take a shower without any interruptions! There are a number of gyms now that do provide childcare, even if it’s for a nominal cost.
4. Find a fitness DVD or workout online that your kids can do with you. There are quite a few workout DVDs that your children can actually do with you. There are also services that allow you to stream all different types of workouts onto your phone, tablet, laptop or TV. Find something fun and get your kids off to a healthy start at the same time!
5. Run/walk with a stroller. You won’t need any childcare if you just pop baby/toddler into the jogging stroller and head out for a brisk walk or run. If your kids are older, encourage them to come with you. My six-year old runs with me occasionally, and now he says that running is his favorite “sport!”
Finding time to workout will benefit you physically and emotionally, and as an added bonus — you will be setting a healthy example for your kids!
I am a thirty-something mother runner to three crazy (but very lovable) young boys and a lazy greyhound, living the beach life on Cape Cod.I was once asked whether I run to keep up with the boys or to run away, and I guess I would say it’s a little of both! As a mother and a runner, I believe strongly in living a healthy, active life. I started 30 Something Mother Runner to connect with other moms (and dads!) who run, but it has morphed into something much larger. In addition to running, I enjoy writing about healthy eating, healthy parenting, kids’ activities and toys, technology—basically a little bit of everything! I love to work with companies that also promote a healthy and fit lifestyle. I am an ambassador for the ZOOMA women’s race series, For Two Fitness®, Stable 26, and Headsweats. I love sharing my passion for running and healthy living with the wonderful community I have found through this blog. When I’m not on the blog or on a run, you can find me on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, and via email at 30somethingmotherrunner[at]gmail[dot]com.