The idea of home workouts seems to always be easier than the reality. By nature, working out at home is difficult. Finding the time to devote to your workouts and finding workouts that work for you can be challenging, especially if you are starting from […]
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I was thinking about my workouts today and how difficult it can be when I have both kids at home. I have definitely had to improvise a little so that I can get my workouts in.
Here are my eight ways to work out when I have kids at home.
- Workout during their nap time.
So far, this works pretty well for me. When my daughter sleeps in the afternoon, I typically start an exercise video and let my son roll around on the floor while I work out.
- Make them a part of the workout.
My daughter likes to take turns doing what I’m doing. It slows me down a little, but she loves to imitate the movements and giggle at me when I look silly, which is ALL the time!
- Workout while they are asleep at night.
I sometimes use wireless headphones when my kids are asleep so that I can work out without waking them up. My kids are both light sleepers, which makes it tough to do anything when they are asleep. I look absolutely ridiculous with the headphones on, but at least my kids stay asleep!
For those who are new parents, seriously, take the advice you’re given. If you tiptoe around your kids when they are babies, it will NEVER stop! I wish I would have listened.
- Go on walks/runs as a family.
We go on family walks quite often so we tend to get a lot of use from our double stroller and our hiking packs. We typically walk around our neighborhood with the stroller during the week with stops at the park to play. We also love to take hiking trips on the weekends. Both of our kids ride in a carrier, which makes the workout much harder.
- Do exercises while you are doing daily activities.
I use an electric toothbrush that stays on for about two minutes, and I use that time to do squats. I typically do regular squats during the first minute or so and then I switch to plie squats (feet angled outward and legs apart) for the rest of the time.
You could also do exercises while you watch television, cook, clean the house (as if that isn’t work enough already), work, etc. Calf raises, squats and jogging in place are a few of my favorites! There is always a way to make it work if you try!
- Use your child.
Either let them participate if they are old enough or use them as part of the workout. My son loves it when I use him as a weight during crunches and lunges. I get to see his big smile and work out at the same time. It’s definitely a win-win!
- Go to the park.
I don’t know about you, but if I take my daughter to the park, I have to chase her the entire time. I am usually winded by the time we leave because she never stops running. I usually know I worked out when my fitbit counts it as exercise activity. This definitely registers on my fitbit!
- Have a dance party.
Some days I turn the music up really loud, and my daughter and I jump around and dance for as long as she’s willing. Disco is our current favorite! She also loves any toddler music, especially ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…’ That song is always on repeat in our house! By the end of our dance parties, I’m usually sweating and out of breath. It’s a great cardio workout, and we both have a blast!
I would love to hear about any other ways that you keep up with workouts with kids at home. Any idea that allows you to succeed with your fitness goals is a good idea!
Today, I found myself wondering if starting a fitness blog was a good idea. Do I have enough to say? Do people have any interest in what I have to say? Who am I to write about a fitness journey? Should I really put my life, journey and struggles online for the world to see? I realized quickly that I missed the point.
I started this fitness blog to hold myself accountable to working out in the midst of being a mom to two adorable and energetic kiddos. Would it be great if people liked it? Of Course! But, I am doing this for me first and foremost.
I usually struggle to make my health and well-being a priority. Life is always an adventure right now so time is not on my side. That’s no excuse though. I want to be around to see my children grow up so I have to be intentional about working out and getting healthy.
I always think that I will focus on it later. Then, when later comes, I say the same thing, and it repeats over and over. Blogging about my fitness journey can give me the motivation that I lack. It requires me to stay strong and power through because if I don’t, my blog about fitness is pointless!
For me, the idea of working out is always so much more difficult than the reality. I felt exhilarated today after working out. I think it has been at least four years since I’ve worked out that hard. You know, legs shaking, heart feels like it’s going to race out of your chest, dripping sweat kind of workout. It feels so good afterwards (just maybe not during), and I feel like I have accomplished something.
Working out also jump starts a bodily chain reaction for me. If I work out hard, I want to drink more water, which leads me to drink less soda. If I drink less soda, I tend to eat fewer sweets and watch what I’m eating a little more closely. It’s a win-win!
So if blogging helps me stick with working out and getting healthier, then I will continue blogging regardless of how many readers I have. Working out makes me a better mom, a happier mom, and getting healthy makes me a better role model for my children so that too is a win-win!
Workout Tip: You don’t have to start with a change in diet. For a lot of people, I’m sure it helps, but for me, I have to start exercising first. Eating healthier usually follows. So, I challenge you to give it a shot and let me know how it goes.