Ok moms. Whether you have one child or five – you know that time for exercise can feel like a time in the past between work school homework meetings grocery shopping… and the list goes on. Even if you’re a stay at home mom like myself exercise isn’t really at the top of our priorities even though it should be. As a mother I think it’s important for us to get exercise in our schedules at least once or twice a week. The better shape we’re in the better we’ll feel and the better we can keep up with our growing children and be in a better mood. Here are some tips just to help get you started.
1. Stop the Excuses – Yes it’s much easier said than done but when you think about why you are tired or why you are stressed to a certain level it all comes back to your overall physical and mental health. When you don’t exercise at all besides walking up and down the stairs in your house, it lessens the ability of your body’s immune system to fighting off the cold flu or any other illness that may have you laying on the couch for a few days. Muscles that aren’t used become weak and you’ll have less mental clarity because of the lack of blood circulation from being non active. Make the decision that you want to be happy healthy and live long enough to see your grand-kids or even great grand kids even if your workout is only for ten minutes a day.
2. Make the Time – Say you’ve been at work all day still have to fix supper help with homework and read through your emails. The last thing on your mind is going for a run. If you don’t have the time or energy to get on the treadmill or go running outdoors just jog in place while you’re waiting for the water to boil on the stove or even while your on the phone instead of sitting at the desk or on the couch. Five minutes is five minutes plus you just did to chores at once. Mission accomplished.