Finding Time to Workout
Finding time to workout can be difficult. When you are a working mom, it can be even more difficult. I’m not a morning person, so I am not getting up any earlier than I already have to. When I get home from work the kids need snacks, the dog needs to go out, the baby needs to nurse, etc, etc, etc. At night, by the time the kids are asleep and everything is ready for tomorrow I am exhausted. But I still know it’s important to stay fit and I have to find this time somewhere. Rarely can I get a “workout” in. I don’t normally get an hour to do a routine. My workouts come in short bursts, ranging from 30 seconds to an hour (on the rare weekend when all 3 kids and the dog are napping at the same time). Here are my tips to get your workout in, when you don’t think you can.
- Playground yoga. Yes, you read that right. Playground equipment actually makes pretty good yoga props. Go into triangle while you are waiting at the bottom of the slide. Modify down dog by putting your hands on the ladder. Use what’s around you, get inspired, go with what feels right.
- Make it a game. My kids love doing yoga with me because I’ve made it a game for them. We can play Simon says, the yoga version.
- Have a dance party. Most parents are sick of toddler tunes, and I really don’t need to hear Elsa and Olaf singing about snow and ice again. Turn on the pop music and show your kids how to break it down. Keep it up and just be silly. The best part about dancing with your kids is that no one cares what you look like and everyone is having fun. More of a raver? Turn out the lights and pass out the glow sticks. The kids will love it!
- Get outside. I always know when the kids are beyond their breaking point I can take them outside and all will be well (most of the time). Take a walk. Have races. Make obstacle courses and do them with the kids (dog agility kits help make this even more fun).
- Run up and down the stairs. I do this when I notice the dog has an excess of energy or when I know he just hasn’t gotten enough energy. I call him and run up the stairs, just to turn around and call him as I run down the stairs. Then we do it all again. Eventually he catches on, but if I carry his squeaky ball or a cookie he’ll keep it up longer.
- Lift the kids. Our kids love to be tossed around. I go into a sort of chair pose and they climb my legs while holding on and flip upside down (I’m sure you did this as a kid). Let them keep doing it, and you’ll feel the burn in no time. Hold the kids up and run around making airplane noises (in my opinion this should count for cardio and strength training).
These are just some of the things I do to stay in shape. Are they proper workout routines? no. Do I always have proper form? no. Do I have fun? yes. Do I have time for this? yes. Any workout is better than no workout.