Being a mommy can be exhausting and sometimes overwhelming. From my experience, if I don’t take the time to make sure I have energized my batteries, my family often gets the short end of the stick.
Plan to Be Energized
In our home, we moved the coffee table and sofa in order to do floor exercises. It afforded a bit of weight lifting, and rarely did dust accumulate!
Exercising is a great opportunity to spend time together as a family. When our children were younger, we would ride bikes, workout to my exercise DVD, and swim together.
There’s nothing like taking a break from the school books for some fresh air! Take a walk, explore the outdoors, and dive into great conversations with your kiddos.
Create a Challenge
Keeping up with our teens can prove a challenge, and that’s exactly why I do it! I work out twice a week with two of our teenage kids. The challenge is to keep up with them. I love hearing my old son say, “You can do it mom!” and, “You got this!”
Did you know that for a 150 pound woman, vacuuming for an hour can burn 238 calories? Scrubbing floors by hand rigorously can burn as much as 280 calories. So, next time you’re out to clean house, do it with all your might and check both cleaning and exercise off your to-do list!
Try some of these indoor activities, whether at your home or at a facility:
– ice skating
– rock climbing
– indoor swimming
– dance class
– trampoline gym
– walking track
– cycling class
– roller skating
– boot camp
Babies and toddlers bring a joy to your exercise routine. Try a variety of curls, lifts, and even slow dancing to help with your energy levels and even that mommy tummy!
Outside the Box
One year I took up boxing! Thinking outside the box of traditional cardio workout, boxing doesn’t feel like work, but more like sport!
With five kids under seven years old, sleep was often more vital for me than exercise. However, using date night for dancing or going for long walks was a great way to rejuvenate.
Just Do It!
As a mom, I need to have the energy and focus to care for my family along with teaching our children. That’s why taking care of myself is high on my priority list!