Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fitness for Stay-At-Home Moms

Do you remember what you ate for lunch yesterday? Bet you remember what you packed in your child’s lunchbox a week ago! Amidst dentist’s appointments, planning birthday parties and driving the kid to and fro to a football practice, do you feel drained of energy? You get the point.

For all you stay-at-home moms out there, you deserve a grand salute for having the most difficult yet rewarding job there is. These moms are working round the clock but they suffer the most when it comes to their fitness. Unable to make any time for themselves a lot of mothers find themselves in a rut and cannot fit a workout in their routine. But there is always a way, we say.

Here are a few simple tips for you to work yourself back into shape:

1. Squeeze in 30 minutes of a workout everyday – whether it is after you have dropped your kids to school or just before your kids come back from school in the evening.

2. Make necessary diet changes to suit your requirement and body type.

3. Assign each day of the week to working out a particular part of your body – for example: Monday – arms, Tuesday – legs etc.

4. Get either workout DVDs or subscribe to a fitness channel. If neither is available, there are plenty of videos online to help you get started.

5. Go for long walks with your child in the stroller. Walking is a must especially if you are walking uphill.

6. Include your kids in your workout routine – for example: if you kid is able to ride a bike comfortable, race him/her by running alongside. Do this every day.

7. Play tennis or badminton with your kids if they are old enough.

8. If you child loves dancing, enroll him/her and yourself in a dance class and blast that fat.

9. For new moms, try to get some yoga or light exercise done as your baby naps during the day.

10. Plan a monthly date night with your husband and pick a dress you want to wear on the date. That will be a great motivation in your fitness journey.

11. Bear in mind that this does require some sort of a rearranging in your ‘time-table’. So make one if you don’t have one already. Print out a template (or go crazy decorating one by hand) and fit in your workout session every day of the week. Put it up on the refrigerator door so it is the first thing you see every morning.

You might be going to bed exhausted but feeling a sense of accomplishment each night. But if that feeling fizzles out as soon you see yourself in the mirror, then you know you have to give priority to your own health and fitness. Your fitness is the key to managing the family’s health and well-being.

Below are some exercises that you easily work into your workout session: 

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