I firmly believe every mom can find time in their day for fitness. Sometimes it takes creativity, and other times, it simply means sticking to the basics for awhile. When the kids were younger, I did what I could at home. This year, my husband and I joined a gym, Planet Fitness, for the first time. Sometimes we go together; other times I go after dropping the kids off at school.
How a Mom Can Fit Her Exercise Routine in Her Day
Moms are used to being creative. We’re used to be flexible. We know the best laid plans are subject to our kids. We figured out how to shower with a newborn; we figured out how to make it through the day with a child who gave up naps. We can use that creativity to fit exercise into our day.
For years, I have used blocks of time in the morning and evening to do my exercise routine. I have found that exercising first thing in the morning ensures I will get my exercise done. I trained myself to get up earlier than my kids. I get up at 5:00 am, and they get up between 6:00 and 6:30 am.
In the evening, around 7:30 pm, I do my stretching and my weight routines. When I had babies, I would keep them with me while working out. Now I can do the time by myself.
My Morning Exercise Routine: Options
When I was training for the half marathon, every morning, I was out the door at 5:15 a.m. or so, running in the streets around my neighborhood. I put my iPhone in an Armband iPhoneHolder, giving me access to the MapMyRun app which I used for tracking my mileage, while protecting my iPhone from the elements. When I got back, I would do a quick stretch and head for the shower.
Workout Videos on YouTube
Nowadays, since I can’t run, jump, or lunge due to a foot injury, I use workout videos on YouTube or head to Planet Fitness for my workout. If you have a smart tv, look into free workout videos on YouTube. Fitness Blender, Pop Sugar Fitness, and Be Fit have lots of great videos in a variety of lengths.
Low Impact Crossfit
This year, my husband and I joined Planet Fitness. He has been rehabbing his knee after tearing a muscle in it while running. I needed to find cardio options that didn’t impact my foot injury which needs at least another 6 months to possibly heal. I also needed to get back into regular cardio workouts to control my blood pressure. Apparently, entering perimenopause while injured has led to an increase in my blood pressure.
Planet Fitness is open 24/7 and 5 minutes from our home. Right now it’s $10 to join and $10 per month with a $29 yearly fee. I use the elliptical machine and stationary bike, and I plan to start using the Arc trainer, another low-impact cardio machine.
My Evening Exercise Routine
In the evening, I do my weight routines. I keep the leg and arm weights under our bed where I can pull them out and lift weights while watching tv with my husband. I alternate between legs one night and arms another night. I start my weight sessions with stretching and situps. I also like to do the low-impact Crossfit exercises if I haven’t had time earlier in the day to do them.
How do you make fitness part of your daily routine?
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