For me, long gone are the days of going to a gym for exercise!
I have to fit in exercise around my very busy life and very active kids.
And yes this can be challenging, but it also can be fun.
For me exercise is not just about weight loss – it is a choice to be fitter, healthier and stronger and I try to do as much as possible as I can every day.
I also believe it sets a really good example to our children to show that making exercise part of your life is good and healthy.
So what do I do?
I do lots of things at home – the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge exercises are my best friend! Fast, effective and easy to do. And on days where I am snowed under with work they make getting the exercise in so easy.
But what I love to do is get out with my kids. Good for them and good for me.
We run about in fields. Run up hills. Play in parks. I use park benches to do step ups and kick about balls. We run on the beach. Squat on the beach. Play me lifting them up at the beach – and generally making it fun
It is all lots of fun and we all get worn out and it is great bonding time.
So what are my top tips for fitting in exercise with kids around?
1) Get up before they do
Sometimes fitting in a workout means getting up before your kids and trying to do it then.
If this is the only time in your day that you can exercise, it worth setting your alarm to go for a walk while your partner is home to watch the kids.
This option is particularly relevant if you have older kids that don’t have nap time (or much down time at all!) throughout the day.
Naturally, if your kids are already waking at 5am this is not an option!
2) Break it down into 15 minute blocks
Let’s face it, 15 minutes to yourself is much more likely than 60 minutes to yourself.
So why not look for these blocks of time to do you 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge exercises. Even if you only had 5-10 minutes you could get a fair amount done
Not a 28 Day Challenge member yet (you can join here for just over $1 a day) Or try one of our other simple workouts from our website, such as:
- The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 workout
- The Lounge Room Leg Workout
- Squats, lunges, dips, push ups and planks
- Playground exercises
3) Arrive early to your appointments
If you are busy with play group, ballet, work, school drop offs, errands and play dates why not commit to arriving for all of your appointments 20 minutes early.
That way you can do a few laps of the block or the nearby park and you’ve just managed to burn some calories that you would have otherwise missed out on.
4) Start a new habit
Use everyday tasks as a reminder to do a particular exercise. For instance:
- Waiting for the kettle to boil: do as many lunges in the kitchen as you can before it whistles
- Hanging out the washing: do some squats as you bend down to pick up each item
- Spoon feeding a child: stand up instead of sitting down and march on the spot
- Breastfeeding a baby: do some pelvic floor exercises
- Waiting for the microwave to beep: drop to the floor and do 10 push ups
5) Leave the car at home when you can
This can be a hard habit to break, but if you are going somewhere that doesn’t require you to lug numerous children, bags and shopping then consider ditching the car and walking instead.
Sure you might have to leave home much earlier than you would if you drove, but if it means you get to fit in some exercise then it is definitely worth scheduling in the extra time.
How do you manage to squeeze in a workout? We’d love to hear your tips in the comments box below, or jump on our Facebook page to share your ideas.
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