Moms On The Run: How To Stay Active When You Have Kids

Being a parent means that life is hectic. Sometimes, time can run away with you, and it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, especially to fit in workouts. If you’re keen to stay active, or you want to get into exercise, it is possible to get your body moving when you’re a mom. Here are some tips to give you inspiration.

Home workouts

Home workouts are a brilliant idea for busy moms. You can train when you have time, you can fit exercise in around your daily schedule and your kids’ routines, you don’t have to worry about wasting time getting to and from the gym and you can exercise while looking after your children. There’s a range of options available to you if you like the idea of home workouts. You could create your own gym using equipment like mats, dumbbells, a treadmill and a bike, or you can follow online workouts or DVDs. It’s also possible to take part in virtual exercise classes and remote training sessions. You can work with a personal trainer via a video call or follow an online program. It’s also possible to find workouts that don’t require any equipment on the Internet.

Baby-friendly exercise

If you’re taking care of your baby, but you’re eager to stay active, there are myriad baby-friendly activities you can try. Look for local classes for moms and kids, for example, yoga and Pilates, and consider investing in equipment that enables you to work out while you have your baby with you. Many women enjoy the social aspect of exercise classes and jogging groups. If this idea appeals to you, take a look at articles like this one entitled, The 8 Best Jogging Strollers of 2020: A Look at Quality and Safety. A lightweight, nimble stroller will enable you to run, either alone or with friends or fellow moms, without worrying about finding a babysitter or not spending enough time with your child.

Quick, short training sessions

Many moms struggle to find the time to exercise. If you can’t take a couple of hours out of your day to go to a class or go for a run, there are activities you can do that won’t eat into a busy schedule. You can look for 15-minute Pilates workouts or HIIT sessions online, for example, or take a virtual spin class. Intense workouts like high-intensity interval training, circuits and spinning will enable you to burn calories and work up a sweat without worrying about time pressures. Typically, the calorie burn will be the same for a 20-minute advanced interval session and an hour-long jog.

If you’re a mom, you might not have a huge amount of time to exercise. The good news is that there are ways to stay active when you have kids. Consider working out at home, start going to classes or jogging with your baby and look into short, intensive sessions you can follow online. Regular exercise is beneficial for health and wellbeing and it can reduce stress, improve sleep quality and lift your mood.

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