Before I had children, I always thought it would be easy to find time to exercise as a stay-at-home mom. But then, of course, once I had a child, I realized it wasn’t easy at all.
When I do have a spare moment to myself (which, by the way, is RARE), I would much rather use it to rest or get something else done. Not exercise.
Can you relate?
For the first few years after having kids, my husband and I weren’t able to afford a gym membership, so I had to get creative to stay healthy. (We can finally afford one now, and they provide childcare so it’s much easier for me to exercise now than it used to be. If this is something your budget will allow, I HIGHLY recommend the investment. It keeps me healthy and gives me a much-needed break from my kiddos.)
But, if you can’t afford a gym membership or don’t have one that provides childcare close to your home, here are 7 easy (or at least, doable) ways to exercise with kids at home.
7 Ways for Stay-at-Home Moms to Exercise:
1. Go on regular walks with your children.
Pick up a baby carrier or stroller (or both) at your local baby store and get outside when the weather allows. If your kids are anything like mine, they will love it. And it will provide exercise for you. Aim for at least 3 walks a week.
2. Purchase exercise videos to use at home. Or, do a simple YouTube search for free ideas.
You’ll be interrupted every few minutes (believe me, I’ve tried!) but it’s still better than nothing.
3. Play with your children.
When they ask you to play tag or swim with them or jump rope, do it. It’s amazing how much exercise you can get by chasing around a child all day.
4. Clean your house.
Maybe if we tell ourselves we’re killing two birds with one stone, we’ll be more likely to do it, right? 🙂
5. Institute an activity day.
Go on a hike. Take a trip to the local swimming pool. Play soccer with your children. Make it fun and include your entire family.
6. Download an exercise app on your phone.
There are many free options that will work great! I have used running apps, general exercise apps, apps that provide ab workouts, and many others. Another option is to search Pinterest for a challenge to participate in. I have done squat challenges, plank challenges, and others.
7. Start small and don’t beat yourself up.
If you can only do 10 push-ups on your knees, then do 10. If you can only do 15 crunches, then do 15.
So what if you’re not running five miles a day or getting your thirty minutes of cardio?
Any exercise is better than nothing!
What other things help you stay in shape at home?