Stop Making ‘Busy Mom’ Excuses And Get Back To Shape With These Fitness Tips
As a mom, it’s your challenging yet fulfilling duty to teach, protect and nourish your children. However, the world’s most important job can often times leave you so frazzled that the equally crucial task of taking care of yourself seems impossible.
The following tips will put time and energy back into your schedule. Becoming fit and healthy is no longer just a pipeline dream.
Schedule your workouts on the calendar
Planning ahead is essential. Write your workouts on the calendar to ensure that you have allotted time for them in your busy week. If you are a busy person, don’t sit around and wait for that to change because it won’t! Plan ahead to stay ahead.
Set it as part of your day just like anything else. If you’re like me, your appointment calendar is full of tasks related to work and family. Why shouldn’t you budget time for your workout too? Plan your workouts for the week ahead and write them down on your calendar. You wouldn’t skip a meeting at the office or your child’s school. So treat your exercise appointments with the same importance.
Set goals for yourself
Whether you want to lose weight or tone up to be sure to set realistic goals that you can achieve. Small goals that are easy to conquer will build confidence. The number one goal you should have is getting your body used to a daily calorie allotment. To roughly figure your calorie allotment simply add a “0” to the end and you will have an idea of how many calories to eat.
Don’t use “lack of time” as an excuse not to exercise. Involve your kids, break your workout into shorter segments throughout the day, or use time at your child’s soccer practice to get in a workout. If you are willing to make exercise a priority in your life, sometimes you’ll have to do it in less-than-ideal conditions. I’d much rather have an hour to myself to exercise, but if it’s 20 minutes with my kids in the room, at least it’s something!
Get some sleep
Try as best as you can to get some sleep at night! Six to eight hours per night is key to your physical, mental, and emotional health. Most of us stay up playing on our iPads way too late so put that thing down and shut your eyes. You will see a tremendous shift in energy, thus making you more productive with your time.
Real Talk: Do not eat your children’s food
The cereal box has a cartoon tiger on it for a reason. Some things are just not meant for your consumption. If you have the nasty habit of snacking off of their plate, keep something you enjoy eating on the kitchen counter.
Invest in your health
If you have a monetary obligation to your fitness every month you’re far more likely to succeed. Join a gym, hire a personal trainer, join a fitness community, or buy into personal development books. If you want to be healthy you have to educate yourself. After all, knowledge is the best accountability.
You are the best mom in the world to the most wonderful children, don’t forget that! Be the person you want them to be and love every minute of the one life you have. Sometimes you may put yourself on the back burner due to all of the other responsibility in your life, but don’t forget to make time for number ONE!
Perform these quick exercises
Do one set of each exercise with minimal rest in between. When you’ve done them all, grab some water and repeat twice more.
Chair Dips: Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair, with hands next to hips. Slide your bottom off the edge and bend elbows to 90 degrees. Be sure to keep your back close to the chair, then push back up. Do 10 to 12 repetitions.
Chair Squats: Stand in front of a chair, feet hip-distance apart, toes forward. Lean chest slightly forward. Bend knees, tap (don’t sit!) bottom on a chair, then stands up. Keep your weight in your heels and keep knees over toes. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Butterfly Abs: Lie on back and place soles of feet together; relax knees out to the side. Place hands behind head, with elbows out. Tightening abs, lift chest and shoulders up, then release back down. Do 10 to 12 reps.
Oblique Crunches: Lie on back, with knees bent. Cross left ankle over opposite knee. Place right hand behind head and lift right shoulder toward left knee. Release down. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides.
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