Fit in exercise every day? Sure! Before I became a mother I thought it would be easy to fit in all of the things I didn’t seem to already have time for – meal planning, (and being prepared enough to reach the elusive once a week shop!) finishing the landscaping of our house, finding places for all of my things and of course – exercise! Anyone who is a parent (and probably anyone who is close to one!) knows that it actually gets harder to find the time to do everything; what with the little human(s) you’re now responsible for! But fit parents do exist, so even though I also work full time I am determined to find ways to fit in exercise.
It IS possible to fit in exercise as a parent, and believing that is the first step.
You’re never going to start working toward something if you don’t actually think it could be possible. Yes there may be things that need to change, but you might also be surprised at all the opportunities you’ve been missing out on! (i’ll share my faves later in this post!) Some of the best opportunities actually come out of multitasking which, let’s be honest, is a skill you’ve vastly improved since becoming a parent!
But when will I fit in exercise?
The million dollar question! Let me ask you some questions in return…
Do you supervise your kids in the bath?
Do you brush your teeth?
Do you watch TV?
These are all prime times to fit in exercise – multi task!
Do calf exercises on your tippy toes or wall push ups during bath time.
Do squats while you brush your teeth.
Do front or side planks while watching TV.
In my son’s first 6 months or so he was a very cuddly baby, and needed rocking to be settled. Bracing my core muscles I used to get some side lunges in during said rocking, and as a result I actually had better legs for a while there! He did get better at sleeping though, so I needed to find some new ways to shape up.
Where can I get in some exercise?
Anywhere. You totally saw that coming right?
Alright. Give me the list.
When you’re in the bathroom watching the kids in the bath / brushing your teeth you could do:
- Squats & sumo squats
- Lunges & reverse lunges
- Wall push ups
- Tiptoe raises
- Wall sit
- Step ups
- Tricep dips
Watch TV with commercial breaks and use them as your 2-3 minute high intensity cardio timer. You could get in some:
- Tuck jumps
- Star jumps
- High knees
- Mountain climbers
- Squat jumps
Or take some time to watch Netflix while you do some:
- Side planks
- C sit ups
- Scissor kicks
- Crank out the exercise bike or treadmill
Even once is progress.
I promise, making a concerted effort to fit in exercise in even one of these ways will make you feel crazy good. I honestly don’t know how it works. As much as I hate to admit it, there really is no excuse for me NOT to be able to fit in exercise of SOME description in to my day.