So how do busy Mum’s juggling everyday life manage to keep fit?
At Bodyswitch, we love mums and we have so much respect for them keeping on top of their fitness goals whilst juggling all the demands of motherhood. Between caring for kids, appointments, chores and the school drop off, fitting in a daily workout can seem near impossible, so we thought we would share our top tips with you to get you on the right track of your goals and ultimately manage to keep fit as a busy Mum:
- Let go of expectations –Unfortunately there is a great deal of pressure on mums these days to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy shape straight away. But for 95% of women, it just doesn’t happen. Keep the pressure off yourself and don’t compare yourself to anyone else or think that you should look a certain way.
- Go for a walk – Getting yourself and the kids ready in the morning seems to take a life time by the time you are finally in the car and ready to go, but going for walk doesn’t require as much effort. Roll out of bed, get the kids in the pram and just go!
- Workout with the kids – Kids make great weights for strength training and they will love joining in on your workouts and copying what you’re doing. OR better yet, workout while the kids workout. Bodyswitch offer Kid Fit classes, what better way for you both to burn off some energy! Check out the timetable for Kid Fit times and information.
- Find a gym with a creche – A lot of gyms these days cater for mothers and are usually free or charge a small fee to mind your precious ones whilst you have some time to yourself to train. (At Bodyswitch, we offer free childcare)
- Find another mum – You may already have a lot of other mum friends, but if not, consider finding a friend with kids that can join you on your journey. You can go to the park and workout whilst the kids have fun playing together.
- Be creative –You don’t need a gym membership, you can use your own body weight or furniture around the house or outside to create little circuits. (see our YouTube for easy to follow workouts)
- Rethink your workout – 15 minutes a day can make a significant impact to your overall health and fitness. A few small workouts over the week will help you get the results you are after.
- Give yourself some slack – There are going to be days when you are exhausted and feel as if you are running on empty. Listen to your body and let it rest. You can always get back into exercise the next day.
- Meal prep – Although having all your meals prepared is handy, you don’t need to prepare your weeks meals in one afternoon. If possible, each night whilst making dinner, cook an extra serving or two and put it in the fridge for lunch the next day. Having something nutritious already planned will save you a lot of time the next day.
- Eat often – It may seem impossible, or sometimes you’re so busy that you forget to eat but if by 3pm you are reaching for sugary snacks.You really should be trying to eat small meals throughout the day to keep up your energy. Try keeping your fridge stocked with nutritious snacks to avoid sabotaging your goals.
We would love to hear how you manage to keep up with your health and fitness!