10 Realistic Workout Tips for Moms, from MomsHeather Neal
It’s so easy to know what to do to stay fit and healthy. Exercise regularly, eat well, etc. But what about the how? How do you exercise regularly when you have a toddler tugging on your shirt constantly or a baby who sleeps at completely irregular hours (if at all)? How do you eat healthy foods when you don’t have enough brainpower left at the end of the day to come up with a grocery list? Sure, you could hire a trainer or coach and have them tell you what to do when it comes to exercise, but that still doesn’t solve the problem of when to do it or how to actually make it happen in real life, not just in theory.
As we ring in the new year, most, if not all of us, have fitness, weight loss, or health goals. These 10 personal trainers are helping us kick-off 2014 on the right foot by sharing the tips that work for them — not as trainers but as mothers. And if there’s one thing I know, we moms gotta stick together, hold each other up, and support one another. I, for one, find it completely refreshing that many of these moms, who are fitness professionals, mind you, struggle to find the time, motivation, or energy to exercise.
Click through for 10 realistic workout tips for moms, from moms!
Let’s Get Physical 1 of 11
Plan Ahead 2 of 11
"Schedule your workouts in your daily planner, just like you would a dentist or salon appointment. This helps to minimize your chances of skipping your workout — you've already set aside the time in your day." — Lindsay
Rise and Shine 3 of 11
"My biggest tip for moms is to work out first thing in the morning if possible. Get in the habit of going to bed earlier so you can get up in the morning before your kiddo and get to business. Days are very unpredictable with children, and if you save it until later there's a good chance you'll have to miss it more often." — Tina
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Keep Your Priorities Straight 4 of 11
"Don't forget to take care of yourself first. If you don't keep yourself healthy, how are you going to take care of your children?" — Angela
Take Advantage of Naptime 5 of 11
"I utilize nap times. As soon as my son goes to sleep, I go start my workout, before any housework or anything else." — Casey
Make It a Family Affair 6 of 11
"Include your children in your fitness routine! Take a family bike ride, go on a run at the track, or even use your infant as a weight for squats and crunches. Not only do you get a workout in, but your family profits from time spent together." — Lindsay
Use a Spy Cam 7 of 11
"Get a video monitor. You can see when your child wakes up, and if she or he is playing nicely you might just have a few extra minutes to finish sweating." — Amanda
Combine Playtime and Workout Time 8 of 11
"I incorporate workouts with my kids. We love to run to the park and play, jump on the trampoline, and 'lift weights' with mom." — Casey
Video It 9 of 11
Up the Intensity 10 of 11
"Utilize any kind of HIIT workout or 10 minutes of high-intensity routine to get your heart rate up. Those kind of workouts are a godsend with screaming toddlers running around." — Kristin
Bring Baby Along 11 of 11
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