Being a mother can come with challenges and lifestyle restrictions. Sometimes we are putting others, especially our children, before ourselves meaning that their wellbeing comes first. But if you are not doing something for you, not feeling the best version of you, then life can become a little less than satisfying.
Exercise is so important not only for the health benefits, but also its large impact on a busy Mum’s productivity, and mental health. Here are some top tips for exercising when you are a busy mum:
Quality over quantity. If you only have 20-30 minutes, then make the most of it. You can workout anywhere, anytime with little equipment! Your home is the perfect place to get started, get comfortable, and stay on top of everything while your baby is down for a nap. While investing in one piece of equipment, like a treadmill, can help increase and maintain your commitment to quality exercise.
Plan your session ahead of time. Have a series of short circuits ready to go that you can pick from. Keeping your sessions to “time-based” circuits are great as you know exactly how long you have while the baby is down. Try a mixture of Tabata circuits like 20 seconds on 10 seconds off, or 45 seconds on 15 seconds off.
Prepare a healthy snack or lunch beforehand. After you train, the baby is going to be taking all your attention once they are awake, right? Things get a little hectic again. Have healthy snack or lunch pre made so you can either eat on the run, or sit down and enjoy your post workout meal in peace before you get back into your day. Remember, feeling fit and healthy isn’t just about the exercise, it’s about healthy choices all ‘round!
Try 20 minute workouts.
When you don’t have a lot of time to spare, go for the short and sharp workouts that maximise your time. There are plenty of options out there, just take a look at workouts CardioTech has to offer HERE.