Regardless whether you have a baby, a toddler or a school child at home, you probably don’t have enough time to go to the gym every day.
While there are some gyms that provide childcare, this service usually comes at a great cost. Finding motivation and means to work out at home is equally difficult. As for a healthy and balanced diet, this is rarely a priority for moms who are trying to juggle dozens of chores and responsibilities at the same time.
So, how can you overcome all these challenges in front of you, and become fit, while still being the best mama you can be? Here are five steps to that goal all of us want to achieve.
Step 1 – Do Your Cardio on the Go
Cardiovascular exercises are essential for losing weight, but you don’t need the gym treadmill to get into shape and burn fat.
Fortunately, cardio is something that doesn’t require additional tools and that you can do on the go. Sure, it would be much more efficient to have an hour a day to jog and half an hour more for other aerobic activities.
However, motherhood doesn’t give you that luxury. Instead, do this: go wherever you can on foot, run after your child in the park, go up the stairs instead of using the elevator, ride a bike to the kindergarten or shopping mall, etc.
Do at least one of these activities a day, and combine them with seven minutes of high-intensity interval training.
Step 2 – Don’t Forget About Weight Training
You think that it is impossible to create a weight training plan that fits into your tight schedule? Think again. You don’t need more than 10 minutes a day to achieve the results you want if you do everything properly.
There are exercises you can do at home, while still supervising your kids, such as chair dips, chair squats, butterfly abs, oblique crunches, push-ups, hip extensions, and step-ups.
Step 3 – Workout With Your Little One
You are concerned because you can’t find anyone to babysit while you are working out and you can’t take your baby with you because you’ll be distracted? Don’t worry, programs such as mums and bubs fitness are specifically designed for the joint participation of moms and kids.
Exercising like this helps you de-stress, lose weight, restore muscle strength, improve cardiovascular fitness, but it also makes you a better role model for your kids. Besides, babies and toddlers have an excellent time at these sessions.
Step 4 – Healthy Diet for the Entire Family
Moms rarely consider themselves a priority, but when you think about it, a balanced diet is beneficial for every family member.
When you set your mind to eating healthy as a family, it will be much easier to lose weight. By eating whatever you are willing to give your kids to eat, such as oatmeal, whole wheat, fruits and veggies, etc., you are not only improving your metabolism but also creating healthy diet habits in all family members.
If you think you don’t have the time to prepare healthy food, think again. Fruits and veggies take a lot of less time to be cooked than, let’s say, a hamburger, and they can also be eaten fresh.
Step 5 – Get Your Sleep Together
Getting enough sleep may not be on the top of your priority list for losing weight, but you would be surprised just how much sleep can impact your weight loss efforts. Lack of sleep can result in weight gain, increased stress, stress eating and other poor eating habits. You need approximately six to eight hours of quality sleep per night to be able to fuel your brain and body for the challenges of the new day.
Finally, it is imperative to think positively and don’t be too hard on yourself. You can do it, but you will do it at your own pace and in your own time.