Being a stay at home mother is the most difficult job in the entire world. You don't get a day off, you don't get a lunch break, and you certainly don't get any expensive perks. However, you wouldn't change it for the world, right? Once in a while, if you are lucky, you do get those quiet moments for yourself.
However, the last thing you want to do is work out, go to the gym, or do anything that resembles any kind of exercise. Sadly, although it might be exhausting just to think about it, staying active can really help improve a number of things, not just your physical health. So why not give it a go? Here are 10 ways to stay active as a stay at home mother.
10 Exercise With Your Little Ones
Exercising with your kids is not easy, especially when they are very little. However, it can be done and it can also be a useful and intelligent way of staying active, fit, and healthy.
One of the most difficult things when involving your kids in your exercise routine is keeping them motivated, so why not let them copy you with whatever it is that you are doing? For instance, when you are lifting dumbells, why not hand them some rolled up socks and have them mimic you. Not only is this funny, but they will also feel like they are achieving something.
9 Wear Your Gym Gear Throughout The Day
Firstly, there is no shame in wearing activewear at home, even if you don't intend on going to the gym that day. In fact, putting on your gym clothes as soon as you wake up is a great way to add motivation to your day. We all know that finding time to stay active is difficult when you are a stay at home mom.
However, if you are lucky enough to suddenly find yourself with a few spare minutes, then you have already saved yourself ten minutes due to you already being dressed in the first place. Plus, activewear gets you in the mood and can motivate you to start running up and down the stairs, even if you didn't intend to.
8 Take Advantage Of Your Relatives
If you are lucky enough to have a supportive network of friends and family, then use them to your full advantage. For instance, why not ask your relatives or close friends to watch over your kids for an hour while you exercise upstairs or in the yard? If you are lucky, they may even allow you to go to the gym.
In addition, why not get to know your neighbors a bit more? Especially if they also have kids. Then, you can negotiate some kind of plan that allows each parent to go do what they need to do without having to worry about who is watching the kids.
7 Set Goals
Goals and targets work for many things in life, not just keeping fit. For instance, every day we set different aims for when we are going to finish something, complete something, or even just do something. Not only are goals a good way to keep fit and healthy, but they are also great for adding motivation to your day.
Why not start every morning with an exercise goal of the day? Don't worry—nobody is expecting you to run a marathon each morning. It can be something as small as going up and down the stairs four times over or walking around the block twice.
6 Get A Personal Trainer To Come To You
This is obviously not an option for everybody, but if you are in a position to hire a personal trainer, then a better option is to have them come to you. These days, having your personal trainer come to you is a viable option and much more common than you would think. Not only does it save you on childcare, but it also saves you on time.
Personal trainers are also excellent at helping you iron out those stubborn parts of your body that you just have no idea how to get rid of. Plus, it is also quite nice to spend some time with someone who you can have an actual proper conversation with!
5 Spend Time Outside
Sometimes going outside seems more trouble than its worth, especially when the weather is bad. However, going outside is not only good for keeping fit, but also mentally good for the mind. That's right, fresh air does wonders for the human body and can also help with skin issues, hair problems, and general wellbeing.
Plus, walking is one of the best exercises in the world and gives you the ability to burn hundreds of calories without even realizing it. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that there is no shame in staying inside, having a well deserved fourth cup of coffee, and letting your kid watch television for over two hours.
4 Learn Some Quick & And Easy Exercises
Being a full-time Mom is a difficult and stressful job. However, although it might be extremely time-consuming, there are some small activities that can be done quickly and efficiently without that much effort at all. That's right: part of being able to stay in shape is having the ability to take advantage of the time that you do have.
First, look up some 5-minute exercises on the internet and try to learn them by heart. Then, when you have a spare minute, try doing them in front of a mirror or wherever you have space. Plus, short bouts of exercise are great for getting the blood pumping as well as passing those positive endorphins through the body.
3 Take The Stairs
Most houses come equipped with their own personal gym equipment without the join-up fee. For instance, houses often come with stairs, which are a great way to stay healthy as well as shedding those extra pounds that have become somewhat difficult to shift.
All you have to do is make sure you go up and down the stairs as much as possible, with the exercise great for bums, tums, and inner thighs. Yes, it's like your very own personal step machine. In fact, taking the stairs can often burn more calories than taking a jog. What are you waiting for?
2 Park Further Away
Don't have a lot of time? Don't have that much cash? Don't fret! There are a number of ways to stay active without shelling out that extra bit of money nor spending hours slogging it at the gym. Yes, next time you need to run some errands, why not try parking a little bit further away from your desired destination?
It might sound silly, but walking those extra steps can really help with staying active and keeping fit. Plus, it gives you that extra bit of time outside with the kids before the no-doubt stressful environment of shopping in the grocery store with young children.
1 Find A Gym With Daycare
Finding time to go to the gym is difficult, especially when you don't have much support at home or are lacking in funds. However, these days, more and more gyms are adding daycare to their facilities, which also come surprisingly cheap. In fact, a number of gyms even offer free daycare as part of the gym package.
Plus, just to ease your mind, the daycare centers are right there in the middle in the gym, or at least in a place where you can see your little one being looked after and having fun. Thankfully, these gyms are becoming more and more common and will hopefully be a dime a dozen in the near future.