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Bella Forza Fitness: Finding Time for Mom to Exercise

Bella Forza Fitness: Finding Time for Mom to Exercise
Our fitness expert gives tips for optimal time for Mom to get in her workout and keep it as a part of her routine. Read on for more on how to keep up with your fitness.

 

Busy moms are far from sedentary, as they chase their kids, rush them to and from school and drive them to soccer, dance or scouts. Although this busy lifestyle is sure to help burn some extra calories, it is still important for the mind and body to get in a workout for some mommy time. Here are some tips to squeeze in some exercise into the list of things to do today:
Utilize the child's nap time as your time to focus on yourself. Do some yoga or run on a treadmill while your kids nap.

 

Turn household chores into a workout. Do you have stairs? Try running up and down the stairs a few extra times while carting the laundry before putting it away. Have a full bottle of detergent? Why not hold it and do some squats or arm workouts. Who says weights have to be dumbbells?

 

Do the kids have a little extra energy today? Do a cardio dance DVD together. They will enjoy the music and burn off some energy (so hopefully they won't fight bedtime later), and you will get an invigorating workout in without missing time with your kids.

 

  • Catch a morning class at the gym after you drop the kids off at school. Throw on your gym clothes first thing in the morning and after dropping the kids off at school or putting them on the bus, immediately head off to an a.m. class at the gym or set off on a run. By not going back in the house, you'll force yourself to squeeze in the workout first thing and get to cross off one more thing off your list for the day!
  • After the family finishes up their school/workday and extracurricular activities, it's nice to sit down as a family for dinner. Why let the bonding time end there? Create a routine of setting off as a family for a post-dinner walk.
  • If junior is still in a stroller, look for local mommy-and-me workout classes. These classes incorporate strollers into the workout and provide a chance to interact with other moms and children.
  • Having a hard time carving out 30 minutes or one hour for that workout? Try breaking it down into five- or 10-minute increments. Your workout doesn't have to be all at once. Using some of the suggestions above or slipping in toning movements to other daily chores, you can still get an effective workout throughout your day.

 

Being a parent requires you to constantly be on your toes and creative as you adapt to the challenges of being a mother. While continuing that creativity, you can still get that time you deserve to focus on yourself and feel the great effects of exercise.

Beth Januzzi-Underhill -

Beth Januzzi-Underhill is the owner of Bella Forza Fitness and teaches fitness classes there in a variety of new age and traditional exercises.

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