Becoming a parent is a whola lotta different feels. It’s amazing, joyous, scary as hell, unpredictable and filled with so much love.
Your life completely changes and suddenly your time is very limited, especially when you have small children whose needs are extreme and immediate.
So, how on Earth do moms find the time to exercise? Sometimes it feels lucky if we get to pee alone for 2 minutes, let alone squeeze in a work out!
I have 3 kids under 5. I’m not telling you this to brag or one up you. It’s just a fact about my life. I’m also fairly active and have been since my first daughter was about 6 months old.
What I’m trying to say is, it’s POSSIBLE to exercise with small kids. Keep reading to find out how!
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The biggest thing you need to change in order to be able to successfully exercise with small kids is your mindset.
Sometimes, you will stop and start a workout 10 times and the possibility of not finishing is definitely there. So, stop defining those interrupted workouts as failures. Start defining them as successful, because even if you only finished 50% of your workout, that’s 50% more than nothing!
It’s also important to change your mindset about exercise in general. You don’t ‘have to’ work out. It shouldn’t be a ‘chore.’
Look at it like you ‘get to’ work out because you have a healthy strong body that CAN be physically active! And if it really does feel like a chore, find something that doesn’t. If you hate running, try strength training. Try kickboxing, dancing, rowing or HIIT. Find something that doesn’t feel like a chore!
*It’s important to note that starting something new always feels hard in the beginning. Once you do it a few times (whether that’s jogging with a stroller or Zumba classes) it’ll get easier and more enjoyable. So give whatever it is you’re interested in a good chance before saying you don’t like it!
I’m hoping that you have some lovely friends and family around you that would be willing to help if you asked them. Don’t shy away from that!
Your health is not only important for you, it’s important for your kids too! You want to be able to run around with them and grow old. Hopefully this is something your partner/family/friends can understand.
Make It A Priority
Sometimes it can be too easy to shove physical activity to the bottom of your to-do list. I mean, there’s a million other things to be doing right?
But. That doesn’t mean it SHOULD get shoved to the bottom. Exercising can improve your mood, help you lose weight, sleep better, live longer, be fit and strong and increase your libido. Not to mention your self-confidence.
Shouldn’t exercising be at the top of our list if those are the benefits?
Get Your Kids Involved
By this I mean actually get your kids to try your workout- my kids love to try some of the zany moves I’m doing and get a better appreciation for how hard it is! Or, sometimes we throw on an episode of Cosmic Kids Yoga so that they can do that while I do my workout. Cosmic Kids Yoga is free on Youtube, you can check them out HERE.
This can also mean turning time with them into working out- kick a soccer ball around, have a dance party or try some calisthenics when you’re all at the park.
Workout At Home
One of the best things I discovered about staying in shape was that I didn’t have to go to a gym.
One of my friends was getting into crazy good shape and when I asked- she told me it was from Beachbody!
When I first heard the term, I have to admit, I wasn’t impressed. Beachbody? It kind of sounded like something the teenagers were into.
But I was intrigued because there was no way I was getting to a gym 3 times a week with three small kids. So, I tried the free 14 day trial.
I was completely blown away. They have something for EVERYONE on there. From strength training, to yoga, to total body workouts using only your body weight. MMA style fight classes, dance classes- you name it. All from the comfort of your home!
There is a ton of stuff you can do for free at home to keep in shape. For myself, I need something extra that I can turn on and be motivated by. If I have to search a free video or try to figure out which area of my body to focus on- it probably won’t happen.
Finishing a round of something on Beachbody gives you a sense of accomplishment because you can track your results and there is no second guessing about what you’re doing that day.
Beachbody doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve never tried Shakeology and if I need equipment, I buy it from Amazon or somewhere cheaper than their site. All I pay for is a year of Beachbody on Demand which works out to about 8$ a month. You can check out the free trial HERE or view their 3, 6 and 12 month plans HERE.
Use Distractions For Your Kids
Some ideas are:
- A basket of ‘special’ toys they only get to play with while you’re working out.
- A play pen with special toys.
- Turning on a movie or show.
- Mess free coloring books that don’t require help or the chance of marker walls.
- Educational games on a tablet.
Ditch The Guilt
It’s easy to forego exercising because of the guilt you feel over not spending the time with your kids. We feel guilt from ourselves and from society.
It does NOT have to be spending time with our kids OR exercising- it can and SHOULD be both!
By only spending time with our kids now and not exercising, we are going to be spending time later with health issues that will also keep us from our kids or grandkids.
INVEST in yourself, in your health, in your LIFE. You deserve it!!!! And so do your kids❤
How To Exercise When You Have Small Kids:
- Change your mindset.
- Enlist help/support.
- Make it a priority.
- Get your kids involved.
- Use play time as exercise time- kicking around a soccer ball, running around at the park, etc.
- Ditch the gym mentality- workout at home.
- Distract your kids.
- Ditch the guilt!
Have you already been exercising since beginning your motherhood journey or are you just starting out? Did this post help you learn how to exercise with small kids? Let me know in the comments so we can connect! Wishing you so much love, wherever you’re at in your journey my friend❤