Since November 2009, I have lost over 70 pounds. I’ve got 25 to go – which is proving much more difficult than the first 70, but that’s another post for another day – but I still feel like I’ve been very successful reaching my goals.
People often want to know how I’ve lost the weight and how I’ve found the time, considering the fact that I’m a busy homeschool mom with three kids. You can read more on my blog about how I’ve lost the weight, but today I wanted to offer some tips on finding the time because I know that’s often the big issue for most moms.
1. Plan workouts while the kids are sleeping. I think this may be key for many moms because it’s so hard to get a workout in with kids around. I’m blessed with kids who sleep late, so I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to workout before they wake up.
If you’ve got early risers, it may be that you’ll need to do your workouts at night after they’ve gone to sleep or during naptime. Walking workout guru, Leslie Sansone often says, “The best time to workout is when you’ll do it.”
In the case of busy moms, it might be that “the best time to workout is when you can.” Just make sure that you find a time when you can at least 3 or 4 days each week.
2. Plan workouts when you’ve got some help. If you can’t do your workout while your kids are sleeping, do it when your husband is home to help out. Remember, it doesn’t have to take an hour or two to get in a good workout. A brisk 20 or 30 minute walk or run is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn calories. It can also be a great stress reliever at the end of a busy day.
3. Squeeze in workouts when you can. Getting in a good, calorie-burning workout doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Walking, running, or biking can be done in 10 or 15 minutes snagged here or there a couple of times a day. It’s total, cumulative time that builds up to results, not necessarily one long, sweat-pouring workout.
You can walk in place or on the treadmill or use an elliptical or stationary bike while you watch TV. If your space or funds are limited, you might consider purchasing an aerobic step and using it while you watch TV.
4. Little changes count. I read recently that standing burns 115 calories an hour, whereas sitting burns only 80. We may not have a lot of extra time, but we can all stand instead of sitting.
Do you have stairs in your house? Use them! Don’t do like I used to do and ask the kids to bring you something. Go get it. A few times a day take four or five (or more) trips up and down the stairs. Who needs a step aerobics class to get your heart pumping when you’ve got a flight of stairs in your house?
5. Get the whole family involved. Instead of trying to find time to workout without the kids, consider getting the whole family involved. Go outside and play tag, jump rope, or play basketball. Go on a family bike ride. Head out to the playground.
Pushing your kids on the swing can turn a boring upper body workout into fun for everyone. Don’t just watch your kids on the monkey bars – join them! Do a few chin-ups while you’re there (if you can – I still can’t do those things). You can even take a few laps around the playground while your kids play – this can be a lot of fun if you invite another mom to join you.
Making the effort to carve out some time for your health in your busy day is so worth the effort. The health benefits and the increase in energy will have you wondering why you didn’t start making changes sooner. A healthier mom really is a happier mom.
Do you make time for a healthier you each day? If so, what ways of finding time to exercise have worked for you?
Kris has chronicled her journey from couch potato to 5K runner on her blog, Eclipsed. Beyond the fitness changes, she’s still the same old sweet-tea drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason, mostly socialized mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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