“Do some calf raises, squats or lunges while brushing your teeth. Get the kids in on it too. How’s that for multi-tasking?”
When you hear the word exercise, is your initial reaction, “I don’t have time for that”?
You know the importance of exercise, yet you also know there is only so much time in the day and between raising children, working, and struggling to fit all the pieces of your busy life into one day, sometimes the exercise piece goes missing from the puzzle.
It’s the first thing to go for a lot of new mom’s. You’ve got to wait for the green light from your doctor to get back to it, assuming it was a part of your routine pre-pregnancy. Then you are nursing or feeding a baby every couple of hours, which when you break it down, seems like you really only have a few spare minutes between feedings. So, yes, when do you find the time for exercise?
The most helpful tip is to remember that exercise cannot be “all or nothing.” What do I mean by that? It means not sabotaging yourself by saying if you don’t have an hour to spare, then you can’t exercise at all. We don’t all have an hour or more to go to spin class, hit the yoga mat, or get your run on.
So, what can you do instead? Break it up. If you find you have 10 minutes here, 5 minutes there, or a 30-minute time chunk, then use it to your advantage. You can even exercise while brushing your teeth. Do some calf raises, squats or lunges while brushing your teeth. Get the kids in on it too. How’s that for multi-tasking?
It’s time to throw out the mentality that it has to look a certain way and be done for a set number of hours/minutes. Exercise is about movement. Moving your body can be done in so many ways and does not require expensive gym memberships or fancy equipment. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up from your desk every hour to walk around the block, do an HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout, run/jog a mile, or have a dance party with the kiddies. Actually, if you incorporate it into playtime with the kids, then you’ve got a double win. Kids love to join the fun, and yes, exercise can be fun.
Even if you only have five minutes, use it. Five minutes of exercise and movement is way better for you than not doing anything at all because you don’t have more time. Move it, move it, move it!