Picture the scene, you return home after a long day at work, only to be greeted by the mess the kids have made and fridge full of raw ingredients that need to be magically turned into a dinner that will please everyone. Then post-dinner you clean down the kitchen and load the dishwasher, ask yourself, are you really going to feel like dragging yourself all the way to the gym after all that? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that your fitness goals can’t be achieved. In fact, there are some smart strategies you can work into your everyday routine that will help. Read on to find out what they are.
I know it might sound like a bit of a cliche, but one way that you can improve your fitness and save time is to amp up your cleaning sessions. Of course, for most of us, cleaning is just a task that needs to be completed as quickly as possible. However, it’s also important to remember that some of the more difficult jobs actually take a fair bit of movement and burn some serious calories.
With that in mind, why not put on some of your favourite upbeat music, and schedule in some of the more intensive cleaning tasks into your daily routine. Then, not only will you be improving your fitness while doing an everyday day task, but you will have a much cleaner home to boot! You can’t lose!
Next, it’s always easy as a mother to de-prioritise things that are important for us, over things that benefit the need of our families. However, this isn’t a great way to live in the long term because not only does it mean that we don’t do the things we need to to have a full and satisfying life, but it can also negatively affect our mental and physical health as well. After all, you wouldn’t expect your kids or SO to always be working with no time for fun or rest, would you?
With that in mind, even the busiest of mums need to take some time out of their schedule each week to do fun activities. Of course, if you can find something fun that is also physically challenging such as a team sport, tennis, or swimming then that’s even better! Two birds with one stone, and all that!
Expand your fitness knowledge and understanding
Even if you are so busy some days that you can’t get to exercise, there are still ways that you can do something that benefits your fitness goals such as finding five minutes to meditate or stretch.
In particular, reading around the subject of fitness and learning how to make any exercise that you do get the chance to do, as effective as possible is a great activity to do before bed, while the kids do their homework, or on your commute!
Of course, with so many blogs, magazines, and books on the market, it can be hard to know her to start. Luckily, a guide like this one on the Best Fitness Books that are currently available can help you weed out the chaff and get straight to the information that will improve your physical training.
Who knows you may even get the bug and begin to consider a career change to personal fitness, a subject that many of the authors in the post are well versed on. Then you can spend your whole work day exercising, and will never have to struggle to find time to boost your fitness ever again!
Invest in home exercise equipment and supplies
Another super smart way of fitting in some fitness no matter how busy a mum you are is to invest in some equipment and supplies that you can keep at home like a home gym, treadmill, or even some fitness DVDs that you can do in your very own front room.
Then even if you have to cancel your fun exercise activities for the week, because the kids are sick, or you got to go see their school play, you can still work out.
The added advantage of this is that you don’t need to work up your enthusiasm to go out to exercise because you already have everything at home. Something that also means there is really no excuse for doing at least 5 minutes even on the most hectic of days!
A little is better than none
Talking of 5-minute workouts, something you can find out more about here, which do you think is better, exercising for 5 minutes or doing none at all? Of course, it’s the former option because at least you are getting your body moving, and you will be getting that sense of mastery from achieving your target. Something that will motivate you to carry on and do the same again the next day.
To that end when it comes to fitness lifestyle changes for busy moms, doing a little, and it really can be a small amount, is always better than doing nothing. After all, you can always build up the time or amount you do, but if you don’t do anything, you won’t be getting into any fitness routine at all, which leave you back at square one.
Exercise on your commute
Lastly, as a busy mum, it can really seem like you have no additional time in which to fit in an exercise routine. However, have you considered integrating exercise into your daily commute? After all, this is time that you will be in transit anyway, so why not use this to work out?
If you are going to exercise on your commute, be sure to wear the right footwear!
To start with its best to keep to walking to work, or even taking the bus or train halfway and going on foot from there, but over time you will be able to build up the stamina and fitness to bike or run. All without taking any time away from the rest of your busy day!
Something that shows, no matter how hectic things are for you as a mum, (and let’s face it you will be busy), you can still find time to slot in activities that improve your fitness. You just have to be smart about it!