Everyone’s busy. Whether it’s a demanding job that has you up early in the morning or in late at night, leaving no time for working out. Or maybe you’re a busy parent who’s too pooped by the end of the day to even think about exercising.
I’m the same way. My kids are up very early, around 6:30am. We have a full day with meals, activities, outings, cleaning and much more. And yes both kids are usually asleep by 8:30pm. But in all honesty, the last thing I want to do after that is a workout. I have things to clean, laundry to fold, television to veg out in front of or blog posts to write. In short, there are countless other things I’d rather be doing with my evenings.
But it’s still important to keep active and fit exercise in your life. It’s good for your health and it also sets a good example for the little ones.
For me, the best thing is to get the workout in early so then it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it. For a (very short) time, I tried waking up at 5:30am to get in a 20 minute workout and then get get ready before the kids got up, but then I was dying by the time evening rolled around. I needed to get in some exercise, so I started a few things.
I bought myself a basic pedometer.
All you need is something that will attach to your pants and count your steps. Some other ones tell you the calorie count and distance travelled. You can get a simple one for $10-$20.
Over a three day period, record the number of steps you take and find out your average. Then try and increase it by a 1000 or 2000. You’ll increase your physical activity and you can keep increasing your goal over time.
The pedometer has made me play more running and physical games with my kids. It’s even had me running on the spot in the elevator, doing knees up while I’m watching the kids in the tub and randomly start doing jumping jacks to meet my daily stepping goals!
Another thing I’ve been doing that’s been great is exercise video’s at home. Now let’s be serious, how may young kids are going to sit there while you do a 20 or 30 minute workout video? I know mine won’t. But I have been able to get them to sit still for ten minutes!
So in the morning, before breakfast, I put them on the couch with a small bowl of dry, multigrain Cheerios and work my butt off for ten minutes.
These are some good 10 minute workouts: Mom’s Into Fitness Boot Camp and 10 Minute Trainer. The 30 Day Shred is also great if you have 18 minutes.
If you don’t want to spend any money, there are great ten minute workout video’s on YouTube.com. Two of my favorites are:
Hopefully if you’ve been wanting to add a little more exercise in your day, these ten minute workout suggestions will inspire you to squeeze it in!
What do you do to get active and add a little more exercise into your routine?
(p.s. these are just suggestions from a mom, not a professional. And remember to consult a physician before starting an exercise program.)