It's official! School is back in session and that means busy times ahead for all you families out there with children. A new season brings new routines, new schedules, and maybe even new health and fitness goals for moms!
As you adjust to the new school year, you might find yourself facing a more than hectic schedule, spending most of your day in the car as you shuttle the little ones to and from activities. If your children are a little bit older, you may have more free time than years past and a chance to go after those things you have been wanting to do, like work out! Either way, I have three easy simple things you can do today to help you get a hold of a fitness regime that suits your goals, needs, and schedules.
As a certified personal trainer who specializes in training women, I can appreciate how busy the #momlife can be. I train many of my clients in their own homes each week, due to the demands of the day and their parenting responsibilities. These suggestions are intended to help you feel good, look good, and keep some sanity during that new schedule. Think of fitness as something that should easily fit into your life. Unless you are a professional athlete, you do not need to rearrange your life to make time for it. Keep it short and simple. You are more likely to stick with it if you like the: when, where, why, and how you are sweating!
If you work outside of the home, your day is filled #bossbabing the day away and hitting the gym at lunch may not be an option. Try waking up 30 minutes before your usual time and get your workout in right away. If you have a husband at home, you can tag team early am kid duty. Pack their lunches the night before and have the coffee pot set! A short jog around the neighborhood, yoga on YouTube, or a DIY home workout is a fantastic start to your day. Check out this link to my website for some of my favorite at home workouts you can do. Not only will you feel better, you are more likely to burn calories all day and make smarter nutrition choices.
The fitness fashion trend is one that has overtaken our culture. If you are a mom who works from home, this look is optimal for you! Athleisure is now a thing and is available everywhere from Target to Athleta. Soon after your feet hit the floor, put on that cute new workout set. Grab a cute cropped jacket, hoodie, or flowy long shirt to toss over your tank once you’ve hit the gym or tackled that workout. This will allow you to go on about the day to the grocery store, preschool pick up, and maybe even a lunch date with friends.
If you are scheduled to take the kids to practice, take full advantage of that “kid-free” time. While they practice, you practice. Meet another mom for some walking intervals or a run. If your kiddos are too young for school, hit any one of our amazing city parks or the Boardwalk. All of which are less crowded this time of year and offer easy, free or affordable parking options.
Beaches, parks, and even parking lots can be a fantastic place to get in some bodyweight work. Pay no mind to what people may think, you may just be inspiring them to try the same. Keep a set of 3-5 lb weights, a jump rope, and a resistance band in the back of your car or stroller. You now have your own portable gym that is accessible anytime and more importantly, anywhere you may be!
By practicing these three habits, not only will you feel better about yourself - you are showing your family that your health and wellness is important to you. What a fabulous message to send your children! Happy sweating. Let us know what, where, and how you are exercising by tagging us on social! We would love to give you a shout out.
You can also get inspiration from friends and family on FamilyApp!