Motherhood and Fitness: Getting the Balance Right

, Motherhood and Fitness: Getting the Balance Right

The only constant in life is change. Careers evolve, children mature into adults, and the world keeps turning every year. Change can be scary, or incredibly exciting, however, each event is an opportunity to adapt and grow. As Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

For me the biggest change happened when I became a parent. I learnt that with little ones in toe, even the best-laid plans can fail. Before kids I had a consistent fitness routine, with cardio, weights, and flexibility sessions spread throughout the week. But with disrupted sleep, play date schedules, and keeping the house in order, that all fell by the wayside! I had to learn quick smart that not only was planning required, but a little creativity allowed me to get into the groove of my fitness routine again.

Here are 6 simple ways to squeeze in more sprints and tone-up your body:

Do 10-minute chunks. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a dedicated hour for fitness, but you can do several 10-minute chunks throughout the day. It could be while your little one has a nap, while you’re kids happily play, or ten minutes before everyone else gets out of bed in the morning.

Kick up the intensity. Because your sessions will likely be shorter, it’s important to increase the intensity. Think burpees instead of bicep curls, and short runs instead of walks for maximum fitness in minimum time.
Do housework with vigour. Crank up the suction power on your vacuum, and scrub the floors until they sparkle.

Be a Stairmaster. Use the stairs as often as you can, by only taking one item at a time up. Walking up three flights of stairs burns a surprising amount of calories. Do this 5 times and you’ve earned yourself a regular size skim latte.

Make the playground your bootcamp. When you take the kids to the park, do some activity with them. Use a nearby bench for tricep dips, incline push-ups, and step-ups. You can also use the monkey bars to swing on or do a few pull-ups to strengthen your back.

Embrace technology. There are thousands of fitness apps. Find one that suits your fitness liking. Some may even track your results and send motivational tips. No excuses! I’ll be sure to share some of top fitness apps soon.

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