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Exercising When You Have Kids

Let’s face it, being a mother is no easy task. Running the household, doing chores and taking care of your kids is a tough job that needs to be done. All these tasks leave you with nothing for yourself but body sores after a long day of hauling to and fro.   Mums have different forms of stress therapy to relieve themselves from their busy duties at home and at work. Some find comfort in relaxing and grabbing a snack while others may prefer going to the mall to shop till they drop. Some mums prefer to go to the gym and sweat it all out to raise their endorphins and feel good.

How do you find time to exercise when you have kids?

Many mums, right after giving birth, sacrifice a lot of things in their life to make time for their bub who needs their love and full attention. Babies and kids need all the care they can get from their family and that can mean a full 360 degree turn in their lifestyle. It’s no wonder that some dads and mums gain weight all because they don’t have the time to prioritise their health and fit some exercise in their schedule.

  1. Stop Making Excuses

Most parents I know always say they are busy! Who isn’t? If you want to exercise you have to make time for it and stop making excuses. If other mums can do it, you can also do it! Your health must be a top priority for you so you can live the life you want and keep active with your kids as they grow up. Instead of thinking about all the chores you need to do, put them aside from time to time and give yourself a chance to exercise.

  1. Work Out at Home

Who said you can’t work out at home? Exercise doesn’t have to be long; you can make it short but as effective as possible. If you think one hour is too much, consider doing short bursts of activity throughout the day. This is equivalent to a long exercise routine without having to hit the gym. Invest in a good quality home gym equipment to make good use of your time at home. Treadmills are one of the best examples for home gym equipment and while you’re at it you can do it in the living room while your kids are playing or watching TV together with you.

  1. Involve Your Kids

The most exciting part of an exercise is having your baby around. Take this time to go out, use the stroller and jog or simply walk. Your baby may interrupt you with crying but at least you got the chance to move. Picking up your baby will also help you lose weight, go ahead and search for exercises that involve your child as resistance weight. You will not get some much needed exercises but your baby would love it too! Do this more often.

  1. Enroll in Mum and Bubs Classes

Some babies are so clingy they don’t want mum leaving their side. At Fitstyler we’ve formed mum and bub exercise classes so you don’t have to worry leaving your baby alone to get some exercise. In our mums and bubs fitness class, you can bring your kids and enjoy a workout and some quality time with them too!   If you can’t make it regularly to your workout class, you can always take what you’ve learned and make your own exercise routine at home. As long as you want to make things happen, it will happen. We have vast resources nowadays; this gives us no room for excuses. Check out workouts online and on YouTube for you to have an idea of what to do while exercising at home.

  1.  Stay Motivated

It’s easy to lose motivation when you don’t have a goal and when you don’t have someone cheering you on and saying “you can do it!” Here are tips to get you going even when the going gets tough:

  • Be committed and make fitness a part of your everyday life for just an hour.
  • Plan ahead. When you’re out for a walk and the bub gets fussy, get ready with toys, books, food and milk to soothe them right away.
  • When baby is napping, exercise away!
  • Get some rest! A baby’s energy will sap out the life in you, it’s important that you get enough rest and sleep to avoid being irritable and moody. Skip a day of exercise to let your body rest and regain a much needed strength.
  • Make little things count. A walk up and down the stairs is an exercise in itself, don’t stress it out saying you have not done any workout today. Use your existing resources to stay fit and healthy.
  • Know what works best for you and your kids.

Exercise is a matter of the heart and mind. You need your mind to motivate yourself to do it and your heart to remind yourself to keep on doing it. Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle with Melbourne bootcamps or mum and bub fitness classes and set a good example to your kids. They’d love to see you moving a lot!

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