How to Workout at Home with Young Kids
I have been getting a ton of questions and comments from moms about their desire to work out and incorporate it more consistently, but can't seem to find the time to do it.
I hear that and totally get that. It is so hard when we are first starting out or getting back into something such as working out after having kiddos that it can just seem completely out of reach. I'm here to tell you that is not the case and can be in reach for you and is completely possible to fit into your crazy busy schedule as a mama. It's 100% worth the effort to implement and can substantially help you to be more active with your family, mitigate those times when you feel like you're just going to blow up...or those moments when you just feel completely depleted and exhausted and just physically can't move your body.
Movement can do so much for your mental, physical and emotional health which is why I am such a big proponent of implementing this in your life and figuring out how to make it fit into your lifestyle. Because mama it is possible and it doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming to implement, but simple and done with ease. After some time it will become a natural second natured habit and you will get to a point where you don't even remember what it was like before including this in your life.
So how do I make this work? How did I get back into working out after having Owen? (There will be another post to come on my postpartum workout journey after Owen, so stay tuned for that). For today's purposes I want to share what works for us now as Owen is a toddler and how I workout at home with him around.
1. I set a consistent time that I will work out. It's easier to form a habit and get into a routine if you have consistency. Make this habit as simple as possible and do what is easiest for you. What has worked for me is doing it in the morning- it's not always at the exact same time but within a time frame of between 630-715. Sometimes Owen is awake and other times he will still be asleep. Do what is best for you and your family. Some days I like to do it before he wakes up, other times I do enjoy having him around and allowing him to see the value and importance that I put on moving my body and the habit of moving my body.
2. Have a snack ready
Depending on the age of your kiddo and the time you plan to workout have a snack prepared. You can do something as simple as some cut up fruit or Larabar for them.
You have to know your family and what will work best for your kiddos. This is what works for us on those mornings that Owen is super hungry. When he was younger our morning workout looked a bit different (which I would be happy to share if you need some tips on working out with kiddos under 2)
3. Have a few independent books/activities ready for them
Have a variety of a few activities and books for your kiddo out. I like to switch it up every few days and have one new activity for Owen. It peeks his interest, sparks excitement. A couple of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow with simple learning activities are @dayswithgrey and @busytoddler
4. Model and practice this routine
At first this is going to take time to implement a new routine. Be patient and give it the time it needs. Release the expectation that it is going to be perfect and always go without interruptions, because that's just not realistic. The important thing to remember is that you're moving your body and modeling the importance of this for your kids. They will eventually start to get involved and just know that this a part of their day. Owen now tells me, "Workout Mama." He looks forward to that time and even likes to get my workout gear out for me.
If you want to hear more about this or have questions about how to implement this into your unique lifestyle, schedule a 30 minute virtual chat with me! I can help you find 20-30 minutes a day to take care of your body and mind through creating healthy habits that fit into your unique lifestyle. Allowing you to feel better in your body so you can fit into clothes that make you feel confident and have the energy to be active with your family!