As a mom you end up busier than you could ever imagine. But, you want to still exercise right? So, where, when, and how are the questions? You think if there were two of you, then it could be done…along with the laundry, checking homework, cleaning the bathroom, and washing the dishes (which are all a form of physical activity by the way).
I tell people all the time, you can make anything into an exercise activity, most of the time without even thinking too much about it.
If you’re still stumped here are 20 ideas that you probably already do to some extent:
List courtesy of Momology: A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids by Shelly Radic – extra remarks courtesy of me
Pretty much everyone walks right? You walk your child to school, you walk around the grocery store, you walk to your car. So, why don’t you just expand on that? Get a pedometer and try to reach a goal for the day. You may have heard of 10,000 steps – it’s the equivalent to 4 – 5 miles, depending on the length of your stride. Start off with 2,000 a day and go from there. Parking your car further in the parking lot or taking the stairs will help you reach your goal faster.
2. Playing with your kids
Play with your kids, especially outside. Play soccer, go to the park, run around in circles. Sometimes just getting outside to some fresh air will get your spirits up and re-energize you to play.
I can’t tell you the last time I rode a bike, but at some point in my life it was my favorite thing to do. You can ride by yourself or with your kids!
4. Running/jogging (with or without stroller)
Got a little one? They make jogging strollers so durable you can probably jog up Mt. Everest (but, please don’t try it)…so no excuses. If you don’t need a stroller, you can always encourage your kids to go running/jogging with you.
5. Going to a gym/YMCA with child care
I love the gyms (even though they are starting to charge for it) that at least offer some type of child care. Now you don’t have to worry about what to do with your child during your favorite fitness class. If it’s a YMCA, they might even have children activities to keep them constructively busy while you work out.
I want us all to take swimming lessons because my kids love the water. Swimming is a great activity and it’s low impact.Even if you have joint aches & pains, the water provides cushion so it’s easier to move.
Pilates & yoga are both great ways to wind down and get in shape. They consist of controlled movements which make them a good way to increase muscle tone. Yoga is even beneficial when you do it for 10 minutes. Clear your mind, refresh your soul.
8. Chasing kids
Ahhh, I remember the days where I couldn’t even sit down for 5 minutes before I had to get up and chase my kids around the house as toddlers. Once they learn how to walk is go time for both of you. You can also make it a game of chase outside with older kids and tie it into #2.
9. Exercise classes/personal trainer
Group fitness classes are always a good place to start. You can go with a friend or meet new people. Personal trainers are excellent (I may be biased, though). We can give you the motivation you need to stick with your workout. Add a friend and you’ve got a small group training session!
10. Exercise DVDs
If you tune into an infomercial you’ll see how many kinds of exercise DVDs there are. These could also be a good way to start exercising, just be sure to start off slow and go at your own pace.
Zumba and dance classes can be found in fitness studios, gyms, and also on DVDs. These can be fun as the classes are meant to not feel like you’re exercising. Ummm, as far as jazzercise goes, I haven’t necessarily seen any classes offered anywhere lately, but perhaps they still do exist. Anybody?
12. Wii Fit
This is a great way to work out. And the best part about it is this makes great family fitness time! Just make sure all the batteries are charged for the remotes – we constantly have this happen to us.
13. Treadmill/elliptical/stationary bike
These are great machines to have if you have knee injuries. These keep the workout low impact, but effective.
I took a kickboxing class last year. It was fun! It’s a great way to get in shape and learn self defense at the same time.
I was never much of a gardener, but for some people it’s their favorite thing to do. Digging up the soil, watering the plants, planting the seeds, etc., doing this on a regular basis will add up.
16. Using the kids as weights
This is a good idea until the kids are your size, then it’s time to go the other way around, just kidding. But, seriously, my oldest son is my height so that would be like me picking up me. The only person I can still pick up is my youngest son, but that will come to an end soon
I never could rollerblade. I can rollerskate, but just not rollerblade. It’s still a good activity and can even be done with the kids.
18. Jumping on the bed with the kids
I haven’t jumped on the bed in a very, very, very, long time. I yell at my kids for jumping on the bed, but once in a while you may want to have an exception.
Yes, this is considered exercise…and duh, we wouldn’t be moms if this didn’t happen.
No, I don’t play (hahaha), but I did try when I was younger…never got the hang of it. But, it’s another good way to get your heart rate going.
What activities do you do as a mom that can qualify as exercise?