Until you become a mom yourself, you can’t know how much work goes into caring for children.
Even with a single child in the house you have a full-time job on your hands. And if you think waking up
every two hours to feed an infant is rough, just wait until you’re chasing a rambunctious toddler around
who is trying to climb everything in sight, stick foreign objects into sockets, and run off to explore every
dust mote when you’re not looking. Now double or triple that scenario and you can easily see why
moms get so harried. As a result, the average mom may have some trouble figuring out how to get in a
workout routine, whether she works, stays home, or works from home. But there are ways for even the
busiest moms to find time for fitness. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
You can probably agree that you have a list of priorities in place that goes something like this: family,
job, household maintenance/errands, and possibly sleep. Somehow you also manage to squeeze in
time with extended family and friends, and you still try to shower and make yourself presentable on a
daily basis (although some days it just ain’t happening). In other words, you devote your time to specific
purposes. So why can’t you square away some time for fitness? The truth, in most cases, is that you
simply don’t see it as a priority. Now, if you’re being honest, there are few times in life when fitness is
your top priority, and this is especially true when you have kids. But if you want to be around for the
better part of your kids’ lives then it’s time to find a place for fitness in your list of priorities.
When you’re healthy and fit you’re going to have more energy, enjoy better focus, and look and feel
good, all of which can only help you in every pursuit. So with all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you
make time to attend to your health and well-being? Sure there are kids to feed, dishes to be washed,
and errands to be run. But you don’t have to sit on the couch and watch Judge Judy while the kids take
a nap. And you don’t have to volunteer to make baked goods for every PTA meeting. You can get your
spouse to watch the kids for an hour, or help you with the household chores to give you a little extra
time in your day. When fitness becomes a priority, you learn to say no to unnecessary obligations, and
you ask for help, you’ll find you can make time for exercise on a regular basis.
Of course, you can also figure out ways to multitask with double-duty fitness regimens like putting
the kids in the stroller for a jog or riding your bike to the market. And while it might seem like a lot
of trouble to monitor what you’re eating (and how much), diet and nutrition is a big part of optimum
health and fitness, so it’s in your best interest to start a diet for life that includes lean means, low-
fat dairy products, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. If you really get into your exercise you
can always add protein shakes and ostrim sticks, but start by removing as many processed foods from your
home as you can. Fresh and healthy fare is better for you and your whole family and it’s the best way to
ensure optimum fitness.