If you are a working mum, you are always racing against the time. From handling business phone calls while getting ready to take you kids to childcare, to considering dinner options while you are attending a meeting. The day is going by so fast, and the extra energy you once used for fitness seems to have disappeared. Mums need to exercise too, but how to find the time?
To stay healthy, strong and stable for your own well-being, as well as to be there for your family, you should keep the fitness routine regular. It is often hard to balance everything, but it’s not impossible.
Have a look at some of our tips:
Exercise early in the morning
Lazy mornings will be over once you get the first job, and especially after having a baby. Early mornings will become that window of opportunity you can dedicate to yourself. Your morning routine doesn’t have to be complex or take long. The 5 Tibetans is an amazing exercise to get the blood flowing. You can also do simple stretching exercises, a couple of squats or push-ups. Make this your sacred morning ritual, and you’ll see how the days will become better.
Exercise in the afternoon
Kids often nap after lunch. Leave the dishes for later, let your hubby do them or just put them into the dishwasher. The time when kids nap is a great time to do light exercises, especially if you are not a morning person. If you can, dedicate some space in your home just for exercise, that will motivate you to keep doing it on a regular basis.
Exercise while your child is exercising
There are a couple of options here. Some fitness centres have classes for kids and parents at the same time, so your child could for example go swimming while you are at the gym. Another option is just to drop off your kid to the training and find a centre nearby where you can exercise. Even half an hour on a treadmill can mean a lot, both for your body and for your mind.
Just walk together
Walking is a highly beneficial, efficient and easy exercise for all family members. Make it a habit for your family to go on weekend long walks by the beach. Or simply have a quick walk around the neighbourhood in the early evenings. Find the nearest park and turn it all into a quality family time.
Use the lunch break for a quick walk
If you are lucky enough to get a longer lunch break at work, use it to go on quick walks. Even 15 minutes would make you feel better and relieve the everyday office pressure. Give yourself time to enjoy your meals during the day, but don’t forget that the body needs to move to stay healthy.