Exercise With Kids On a Busy Schedule

Busy mom? Find time for working out even with little ones

There is no getting around this hard, cold, fact: there are 24 hours in the day. Not 25, not 27, and not 30. So as much you would like there to be more time to get everything you need to get done done, the reality is there is only 24 hours to do it in. In particular for busy moms, trying to find time to exercise between everything you do all day -- running errands, preschool pickup/drop off, making dinner, and everything else that needs to get done -- seems like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be, especially when you consider how important exercising is to your physical and mental well-being. Here's how to exercise with kids.

Be Creative

exercising with small children
You can exercise when you have small children, you just have to be creative about it. Jakob Helbig

Sometimes as parents we have to make do with limited resources. This is especially true for finding time. So make the most of what you have. Going shopping with your little one? Park in the (safest) spot furthest away from the mall. At the mall and need to get to the second floor? Use the stairs instead of the escalator. No, these aren't the same as a full-fledged workout, but they do count as activity and they will get your heart pumping all the same. Try: Easy Fitness Routines

Set a Reasonable Goal

While your ideal workout may involve 45 minutes on the treadmill followed by some weights, chances are that probably isn't going to happen if you've got a little one at home with you. Instead, come up with a realistic amount of time that you think you will be able to dedicate to working out and then find a workout routine that fits that period. Try: Best Workouts for Moms

Take What You Can Get

Did you start a routine on your workout DVD only to be interrupted by your little one 15 minutes into it? Disappointing, yes, but the exercise you did still counts. So take what you got and be happy with it. It was better than spending 15 minutes sitting on the couch.

Choose Short Workouts

Think you are the only one that is having trouble managing your time to squeeze in a workout? There are plenty of workouts out there that are designed specifically to be done in a short amount of time. Vary your routine so you don't get bored. Try: 10 Minute Workouts

Involve Your Kids

You know a great thing about preschoolers? They have lots and lots of energy! So rather than try to carve out alone time to exercise, ask your little one to be your new workout buddy! Whether you pop in a DVD, go for a walk, or do jumping jacks together in the living room, you'll both be active and healthy and have fun together while you do it. Try: Starting a Family Fitness Challenge

Other Tips for Squeezing in a Workout

Still having trouble getting that workout in? Try talking to your little one about why you want to exercise. Explain how healthy it is for you to spend some time each day being active. Then, when it is time for you to start your routine, tell your little one what you are about to do. So she knows it's only temporary, try setting a timer for when you expect to be done, that way she can countdown. Make sure she has something to do and plenty of snacks and water so she won't interrupt you with calls of "I'm (hungry) (thirsty) (bored)!"

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