When you have young children at home, everything is a race against time. It’s not always easy to fit in a bathroom break when you have children, let alone finding the time to exercise! Whether you have a baby at home, or you’re the parent to rambunctious toddlers and preschoolers, it’s still important that you find the time to exercise, move your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Exercising regularly means building on your strength, maintaining a healthy weight, having more energy and setting a good example for your children. Believe it or not, you don’t have to set specific time aside to visit a gym or fitness centre in order to get your 30 mins of allocated exercise time a day. Here we’ll explore how you can exercise regularly even if you have young children at home.
Create Your Own Home-Gym Set Up
Investing in your own home workout equipment doesn’t have to cost the earth and having access to your own dumbbells, weight benches, resistance bands or whatever else you need, can make exercising at home incredibly easy. You’ll need access to an area where you can set up your equipment and move without hurting yourself or limiting your range of movement. Being able to exercise at home with the right equipment means you don’t have to find the time to get changed and head to the gym, find someone to watch the kids or suffer from parental guilt for putting your own needs first!
Try a Workout Video
Working out in your own front room is easier when you have the right equipment and a simple exercise video! There are thousands of workout videos to try, or if you want to save a little money, head to YouTube and try one of the millions of workout sessions available. You’ll find something tailored to your time availability, your goals and your ability. The kids could even get involved too!
Instead of driving to get the kids from school – walk! And walk at a good pace to keep your heart rate up and get your steps in. Or plan some exercise as part of your weekends with the kids and walk from park to park! Just remember to fuel up on snacks and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Whether you’re moving with the kids in the living room or you’re cleaning the house and doing chores, putting on some upbeat tunes will get your body moving and your heart pumping. The kids will love this too and after a few songs, you’ll have completed your 30 minutes a day!
And Finally: Get Up A Little Earlier
By getting up a little earlier before the school run or before your children get out of bed, you can make the most of the empty house and enjoy a good, high powered workout before chaos ensues! Put on your headphones, move your body and enjoy some You-time. You’ll be amazed at how energised you feel for the rest of the day.