Staying fit is important to us, even more so for parents. You want to be there for your children and have the energy and strength to be able to play with them. As they get older, you want to be the one who takes them swimming, canoeing, climbing and gives them the chance to try out as many high-energy activities as possible. When it comes to fitness having kids is great motivation, but it can also create additional issues that you need to get past.
Getting back into shape after having children is not easy. Often, new mums experience a dip in confidence when it comes to how they feel about their body shape. This is understandable, but as you can see here, there is some fantastic fitness-wear available, including loser fitting items that skim over any bulges.
The time issue
Then, of course, there is the time issue. When you are a mum, there is always a long list of things that need your attention. So, finding the time to go to the gym or attend an exercise class is difficult, to say the least. Things get easier once your children start going to school because there are quite a few exercise classes that are timed to fit in with a typical mum´s busy schedule. This is great, but what can you do in the meantime?
Exercising while you work
Well, fortunately, the answer is, quite a bit. It is surprisingly easy to fit in some great moves while doing the housework. For example, doing a few star jumps while you wait for the kettle to boil is surprisingly effective. Instead of walking normally to the kitchen, try lifting your knees as high as you can as you walk. Just remember not to do it while walking to the shops.
Even changing the way you pick up your shopping bags can be turned into an effective exercise. Keeping your back straight and bending your knees and picking a bag up in each hand is a great alternative to doing squats at the gym.
If you do these types of exercises every day and at every opportunity, it has a cumulative effect. It really will make a big difference. If you want more chore related exercise ideas you can find them here.
Try high-intensity exercise
Studies are increasingly showing that high-intensity exercise is an extremely effective way to get fit. This is very good news for busy mums because you only need to put aside 21-minutes twice a week to be able to do enough high-intensity exercise to get and stay fit.
There are plenty of high-intensity exercise regimes that you can follow at home without the need for any special equipment. You can easily find them online. However, be careful with this style of exercise, it is very intense. As a result, it is wise to ask your doctor before trying it.
The above are just a few ideas to get you started. If you do not fancy any of them, just go online and ask in forums how other mums manage to fit exercise into their day. You will get plenty of suggestions.
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