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Fitness Tips for Busy Moms– a Guest Post by Katie Moore

May 27, 2012

I am thrilled to feature a guest post for mothers who would like more tips on increasing their fitness. Last year, I did a ten week series on Losing the Baby Weight and it was one of my most successful series of posts.

Please check out Katie’s blog links below for more of her work. Enjoy!

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Everyone knows the benefits of regular exercise. Working out increases energy, burns calories, lowers the risk of disease, reduces stress and lends to better overall health and wellness. But for mothers of babies or young children, finding the time for regular workouts can be a bit of a challenge, to say the least.

 

Just as a mother spent a lot of time preparing for her baby’s health during pregnancy, with a healthy diet and exercise as well as exploring optional post-delivery procedures, like umbilical cord blood banking and vaccinations, a mother should take time to care for herself post-pregnancy. The following tips can help moms fit exercise into their busy lives.

Every Little Bit Counts
Carving time out of every day for exercise can be difficult for moms; however, there is no need to fit in an entire workout in one sitting. A few minutes of exercise, several times a day, really adds up. For example, ten minutes of exercise three times a day provides the same benefits as a half hour workout session. One helpful tip for moms is to wear workout clothes and shoes around the house, so exercise can be squeezed in at a moment’s notice.

The Art of Multitasking
Moms are great at multitasking, and this can work to their advantage when it comes to exercise. While performing everyday tasks, such as cleaning, cooking or doing laundry, squeeze in a few lunges, squats, wall presses or extra trips up and down the stairs. Free weights and ankle weights are another great way to burn calories and build muscle while performing daily chores and activities.

Get the Kids Involved
Make exercise a family activity. Instead of an hour or so of television, take thirty minutes to work out as a family. Great exercises for kids include yoga, situps, jumping jacks, biking, walking and jump rope. Mothers of infants can get in a workout by strapping the baby into a stroller for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, or by getting in a quick workout while baby sleeps.

Join a Gym
Many gyms have family-oriented classes and programs, and this can be a great way to stay in shape while spending time with the kids. Getting children interested in fitness at an early age increases their chances of living healthy lifestyles as adults.

While making time for exercise can be difficult for mothers, the benefits are well worth the effort. Exercise can reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even breast cancer. In addition, regular workouts will give moms a boost in mood and energy, which is greatly beneficial when it comes to caring for small children.

 

“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”

 

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