If you are one of the many women who are trying to balance motherhood, career, and personal development, you know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Some days, dreaming of a workout routine and a fit body looks like an impossible task. Time just never seems to be enough for everything you have to do on a daily basis and you end up leaving yourself and your fitness as the last priority.
But more and more moms are recognizing the importance of regular exercise for their wellbeing and trying to find outside-the-box solutions for dealing with limited time and daily responsibilities. Regardless of their age, your kids can be included, one way or another, in your workout routine, which will not only make it a lot easier for you but also fun for them.
If you’ve never thought about including your children in your fitness plan, or you didn’t know where to begin, here are some useful tips that will help you get started on your fitness journey as a busy mom.
Scooting Is a Fun Way to Get Your Kids Moving
Taking the first step toward a healthier lifestyle is always the hardest part, especially if you’re considering your entire family. If both parents are always busy, children will most likely end up being too sedentary, spending countless hours in front of a computer or a TV screen. That’s why it’s a good idea to start with something fun and exciting, to get everyone interested in exercising.
Scooters can be used by children from an early age, including toddlers. Riding a scooter helps them to develop their gross motor skills and improve their balance and sense of direction. Start with a 3 wheel scooter for your little one, which is easier to ride. Scooters for children are usually equipped with adjustable features so that you can adapt them according to your kid’s height and weight.
As soon as your child or children get used to riding their scooter, you can start to be more active together. They can accompany you to the grocery store or run some quick errands. And, of course, you can plan a weekly trip to the park, where there is plenty of space for them to ride their scooter and for you to exercise.
Kids need stimulation and get bored pretty quickly and that is why you need to keep them busy and entertained while you do your workout. Riding a scooter is also a great way to be outdoors more often and this contributes a lot to your family’s health. Kids will have a lot of fun with their mini scooters and they’ll enjoy the time you spend together at the park.
Be Creative With Your Workout Routines
If you’re determined to become fit, it’s essential to plan and to commit. Unless you actually establish a time where you can work out and stick to it, things will stay the same. You probably already have a busy schedule and have activities planned for most days. If reserving time specifically for working out seems like a luxury that you can’t afford, try to make the most of the time you spend with your children.
Do you spend a lot of time at the playground with your kids? Or do you spend a lot of time at home, with your young children? It’s time to get creative and put together a workout routine that can be easily done at the playground, or at home. Studies have shown that stretching, aerobics, strength training and exercises for balance are the most important types of exercise for your overall health.
The best part is that you can actually practice these types of exercise either at the playground or even at home, while you are watching your kids. While your little ones are playing or running around, you can do aerobics or strength training.
For exercising at home, it’s important to give your toddler something easy to do, like playing with building blocks, so that you can exercise without interruptions, and at the same time be able to watch your baby.
Everybody Wants to Join a Dance Party
Kids want to have fun and what is more fun than following a super entertaining dance routine? You can find a lot of workout videos that are based on dance moves and upbeat music. There are also video classes of interactive games that are specifically designed for kids.
All children love to move their body on music beats and trying to learn all the moves indicated by the instructor is a really fun way to exercise. Dancing burns a lot of calories and it doesn’t even feel like an effort. Plus, it’s easy to include in your daily schedule.