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Getting back in shape can be a tall order for many mothers. Parents have many responsibilities that require them to put their children's needs before their own. However, that doesn't mean you can't sneak in some time to take care of yourself. Here are some ideas for moms trying to get back in shape.
Work Out at Home
Finding the time to leave your home and get to a gym can be extremely difficult when you're raising kids. One of the easiest ways to get in a good workout is to evaluate your fitness goals and invest in the right home fitness equipment for your needs. By creating a home gym—even if it consists of just a few dumbbells and resistance bands—you won't have to leave the house, and you can easily sneak in workouts.
Another way to exercise at home is to try Zumba. If you're unfamiliar, Zumba is an exercise program that incorporates dancing. It's a great cardio exercise you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. You can find various instructional videos online that will help guide and motivate you.
Go Jogging with Your Little Ones
A creative idea for moms trying to get back in shape is for them to bring their small children with them on a jog. Push your child in a stroller as you jog to get in a good cardio workout. This also isn't a bad workout for your arms, either. There are plenty of trails and sidewalks where you can take you child for a jog, even if it's around the block.
Eat Clean with Your Kids
The next step can be beneficial for both you and your kids. Kids can be picky, and dieting can be difficult when their preferences influence what you eat. Put aside the snacks and pick up healthy foods at the grocery store for you and your family. Encourage yourself to eat clean and set a good example for your children in the process. Sticking to a diet can be much easier when others participate with you; having your children eat healthy (yet age-appropriate) foods along with you will benefit everyone.
Find the Right Time to Exercise
The final way to get healthy is to figure out how to fit workouts into your busy schedule. Children can be unpredictable, but getting them on a routine can be great for your own well-being. Try to exercise in the morning before they wake up, when they're at school, or after you've put them to bed. You can also try to find time to work out when your partner is around so that they can watch the kids while you exercise.
While finding the time to exercise as a mother can be difficult, it is possible. Taking care of yourself is also important, so you can be at your best when you take care of your children. By sticking to a schedule and doing your workouts at home, you can remain in good shape and continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
Written by LouAnn Moss for The Healthy Moms Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.