Mums don’t tend to get breaks. They’re usually going non-stop until they crash on the couch at the end of the day. But, looking after yourself, physically, is important, not just from a health point of view, but for your mental wellbeing too. Here are some ideas to help incorporate a workout into your daily routine.
Start with the mindset that you might miss a day or two and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage to do anything at all. Your job is hard enough as it is without any any extra pressures.
Pick an Activity You Like
This is a no-brainer. If you start a workout routine you do not enjoy, there is a high probability you will not stick to it. Something you enjoy – biking riding, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing (really, anything YOU like!) – on the other hand, won’t seem like a chore. Instead, it will be a great way to relieve stress, by getting the blood flowing round the body, oxygen to the brain and endorphins galore for that feel-good factor.
Take Advantage of Family Time
When it’s nice enough to go outside, especially on the weekend when everyone’s at home, pack up your car (or even better, get on your bikes) and head to the park. Getting outside for some fresh air and exercise is something you can all benefit from, plus it’s fun too. Running around the park, chasing your toddler, or playing catch and kicking a ball, all count as exercise. You could also go swimming, hire a tennis court for an hour, or even play crazy golf. It’s a great way to bond with your family whilst getting into a healthy fitness habit that everyone can benefit from.
Motivate Your Peers
Once you start feeling good about your progress, ask a mum friend to join you in a new fitness activity (hot yoga, anyone?). You can motivate each other to stay on track. And now you have someone to try out new workouts with.
Make It Easy
Easier said than done, right? Actually, it’s pretty easy! There are so many ways to incorporate simple exercises into your every day routine. Park your car a bit further away from where you would normally park it and walk the rest of the way. Take the stairs at work, enjoy a walk outside during your lunch break, or do simple stretches at your desk.
Take “Me” Time in the Morning
Busy mums – like you! – often struggle to summon the energy to exercise, but find a time that works for you. Could you get up a few minutes early, before the kids are awake, and make it “me” time? There are lots of workout routines on YouTube, ranging from 10 minutes upwards. Do some stretches for 15 minutes, or relax alone in a quiet space and meditate. If you have the energy (and the time), go for a run but always make sure you wear the right gear, particularly footwear, as you don’t want to risk an injury.