I had one of my clients ask me, how can I fit in 30 minutes of exercise as a busy mom??
There are many solutions! Yes, moms are so busy that sometimes it seems nearly impossible for them to squeeze in 10 minutes let alone 30 minutes of exercise each day. The good thing is that you don’t need to be in the gym for an hour to get a good workout.
My first rule is to Schedule it!!! This is not just for moms but anyone that wants to increase the amount of exercise they log per week even if your schedule is jam packed. You schedule play dates, happy hour with friends, dance class, baseball practice, BBQ’s etc. so now make a commitment for yourself. If you write it down in your planner or mark it on your calendar with a specific date and time you are more likely to complete the task.
Get your kids to join in! make it a competition. Who isn’t up for a challenge Ask them how many sit ups they can do in a minute? Record their results. Your turn! Keep track and choose different exercises: pushups, planks, jumping jacks, bear crawl, skaters, etc. It may not be your ideal workout but it could be fun for your kids to sweat too.
Ask for some help! Can your husband watch the kids for 30 minutes. Go out for a run or pop in a workout dvd in the other room. Maybe your friend is going to the gym and their husband/wife wouldn’t mind watching your kids for 30 minutes.
Here are 3 examples of 20-30 minute workouts you can do at home: Warm up before completing any workout
Workout #1 30 minute power walk with intervals (alternating speed walking with normal pace)
Workout #2 complete the following circuit performing as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes: 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups, 10 squats, 10 lunges (each leg), 10 burpees, 10 mountain climbers and again complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.
Workout #3 pop in your favorite work out dvd or select a workout video on demand and try something new!
Once you are finished, cool down with some stretching!