Being full-time moms, we tend to lose focus on ourselves most days. One area that gets hit hardest is exercise. At least I know for me, this is all together too very true! However, I need my exercise time! Without it, I am grumpy and frumpy-feeling. Anyone else out there feel the same?! Well, here are some easy and simple ways to squeeze in that essential workout time!
This is a great way to squeeze in a quick workout at home. I know it seems like we don’t have any extra time in the day, but in reality all you need is a good 20 minutes! Try early mornings or late evenings or even nap times. If the kids are extra rowdy, I’ll even do a workout while they are up and let them bounce along beside me!
There are even a plethora of workout videos to choose from! Try garage sales, ebay, or Amazon. If you have Netflix instant streaming, there are many workout videos available there! When we had our cable box, I remember browsing through a good amount of free workout videos there as well. Now, any one have any suggestions for great workout DVDs??!
Invest in Equipment at Home
This is another great way to squeeze in quick workouts at home. We invested in a treadmill after finding a good deal at a local department store. For us, it was cheaper than a gym membership and easier with having so many kids! I jump on for a run either during nap time or after the kids are in bed for the night. Having the equipment at home can make finding the time to exercise a lot easier and more realistic!
Some other at-home workout equipment options are workout balls, weights, resistance bands and elliptical machines. A great place to begin if you don’t want to spend a ton of money up front is CraigsList or a discount store. I found my workout ball (with a workout DVD!) and hand weights at my local Ross for super cheap. Exercise equipment tends to go on sale and deep discount around New Year’s, when those weight loss resolutions starting forming!
Join a Local Gym Class
Sometimes getting out of the house for an hour three times a week is the only realistic solution for cramming in exercise time for you. And that’s ok! Ask your hubby or a family member to watch the kiddos for you, so you can take some time to focus on taking care of you. There are always great incentives for first-time gym memberships, so don’t be afraid to get a good deal! And an added benefit of a gym membership is the accountability, which leads me to my next tip in finding time to exercise.
Find an Exercise Partner
This will give you much-needed accountability, making exercise time become a real thing for you! And honestly, working out with a partner is always much more fun and motivating than by yourself. Connect with a neighbor and walk the block a few times each morning. Drive to a friend’s house to catch up while working out to the latest Jillian Michael’s DVD. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to push each other and have fun at the same time!
These things have helped me to squeeze in time focusing on me and my body (and sanity!) while still also being a very busy mom. Hopefully they will help you as well. Now, maybe someone can give us some tips on how to get motivated to workout??!Women Living Well Wednesdays & Works For Me Wednesdays