07 February 2018

4 Fitness Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Once you and the hubby have made the decision that you will be a stay at home mom, maybe even homeschooling the kids, the one thing you lament is that you simply aren’t getting the level of activity you used to get. You see the pounds adding up and know that it’s time to do something about it. Yes, it’s time to think about fitness and a regular means of getting the exercise you need weekly, if not daily. These four fitness tips should help you get up and get going. At the very least, it’s a beginning that you can expand upon from here.

1. Never Use the Kids as an Excuse

One of the most common excuses for not getting regular exercise is the kids. “I can’t leave them unattended while they play, they are just toddlers after all!” Or, some mothers say that their day is so busy with homeschooling and household chores there is no time to even think about taking a break, let alone finding time to exercise. Rubbish!
There are always ways to fit in 45 minutes of exercise at least four days a week and the truth is, you are simply avoiding the inevitable. You need more exercise and you know, it but you are not yet ready to commit. Don’t use the kids as an excuse because everyone knows it for what it is: an excuse. The only person you are fooling is yourself.

2. Schedule Daily Activity – With and Without the Kids

Even with little children, you can find ways to schedule daily activity. Have you stopped to think about the importance of kids getting the right amount of exercise as well? Schools offer Physical Education (PE) classes for just this very reason. If your kids are young, put them in a stroller, walk to the nearest park, and then set them loose! Run around after them playing ball, which obviously they won’t be able to throw or catch, which sets everyone running after that errant ball.
If they are older, put on that Fitbit you decided to buy after reading reviews on indreviews.com and go for a quick walk together. Find a sport you can all enjoy. Older kids may have a great laugh out of your efforts, but who cares? At least you are all getting the exercise your bodies need to stay fit and healthy.

3. If You Need Help Ask for It!

Sometimes stay at home moms don’t want to bother their partner because he has taken on a greater financial load with mom giving up her day job. If you truly can’t get everything done, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask dad to mind the kids for 45 minutes four times a week or ask him to listen in on them if you choose to wait until they’ve gone to sleep. Perhaps you could make a deal with him, trading him weekends for a few evenings a week. Or, maybe he’s looking for a night out with the guys but has been reluctant to ask. Do what you can to get the help you need so that you have time to focus on staying fit. 

4. Dance Your Way Around Household Chores

Finally, you can have the most fun (and watch how joyful the little ones will get) when you dance your way around household chores. Put the music on and dance your way from the laundry hamper in the bathroom to the washer in the laundry room. Dance around as you are dusting, picking up toys or even when sweeping or vacuuming. Before you know it, the kids will be up dancing too and loving every moment of it. Believe it or not, you’ve just accomplished two very important things. You are getting the aerobic exercise you need and spending quality fun time with the kids.
So, as you can see, there are ways to work fitness into your busy stay at home schedule. You just have to find what works for you and stop making excuses. You owe it to your family to stay fit and healthy, so let’s do something about it today. Get up and get going!

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.


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