Exercising with Kids
Exercising with kids can be a challenge, but don’t let children become your excuse, not to workout. Sticking with a workout routine can be a struggle for all of us. But for moms, squeezing in workouts can feel impossible, and unfortunately, many of us have a sense of guilt when taking any “me time.” But remember, this valuable “me time” will add up to a healthier you, in both mind and body, which will benefit those you care for! Self-care improves your child-care!
Here are some tips and motivation to overcome your excuses so you can keep exercising with kids! These simple steps had helped me stick to my fitness goals, and forgive myself when I wasn’t perfect!
1. Check it off your list first thing in the morning!
Exercising in the morning is an excellent way to start the day. Not only does it get your metabolism started, but it gets the task out of the way! If you are anything like me, you love checking things off your list so you can enjoy your day. If you knock it out first thing, you won’t run into excuses later in the day that will prevent you from working out!
Set the alarm for 30 minutes before your kids get up and, instead of taking all that extra time to go to the gym, take a quick jog or find an at-home workout to do online!
If you have super early risers (mine were!) try giving them their own unique digital clock. Let them know that if they wake up before a certain time, they get to have quiet reading or play time until the clock says a particular time. Lots of kids enjoy this sense of autonomy and responsibility, and you can enjoy an extra 20-30 minutes in the morning!
2. Block It Out!
If first thing in the morning doesn’t work, block it out! Even if you have a doctor, hair, or meeting appointment on your calendar, chances are you show up. Set aside time in your daily schedule to work out. Plan for your workout and even look forward to it! This also helps any other caregivers know when you might need an extra set of hands for running errands or taking care of the kids. Schedule it as part of your day and make it non-negotiable. This is essential if you want to stick to any type of plan when exercising with kids.
3. Have a Sweat Plan.
Ok, you scheduled it. You hired the sitter and got your sports bra on. You even made it to the gym. Now what? Don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually do once you get to the gym.
If you have a plan ahead of time, it will keep you motivated to go and your workout time will be better spent. Try either signing up for a class or personal trainer at a gym or if you are working out at home, follow an online program! Having a plan ensures you will be spending that block of time in the best way possible!
4. Do short exercises throughout the day!
If you really can’t get time in the morning or block out time during the day for a longer workout, that doesn’t’ mean you can’t stay active! Set a timer to get up and move every hour, try a small circuit of 3 rounds of 10 pushups, 10 air squats, and 10 crunches! Even if you have a desk job, you can work in short exercises throughout the day, especially if you invest in our convenient 310 Gym Bag! Join our community to see weekly live feeds of how we use these products in our lobby, parking lot, or even a nearby park to stay active together!
5 – Forget The ALL-OR-NOTHING Mentality.
This might be the most important point of this post. Learn to forgive yourself for being imperfect, and get back at it! Don’t think you have failed just because you miss a workout or eat a donut (however, don’t do both every day, either!).
Also, if you plan to workout in the morning but sleep in, it doesn’t mean you can’t do some resistance band work during your lunch break! It doesn’t mean you should take the elevator instead of the stairs, and it doesn’t mean you can’t call a friend to watch your kids for a half hour later in the day so you can do some yoga.
Any exercise is better than no exercise. Even if you miss your planned workout, look for opportunities to get moving, and you will find them! Exercising with kids is possible, I promise!