Mom Knows Best : Workout Tips For Stay At Home Moms

Monday, September 18, 2017

Workout Tips For Stay At Home Moms

Enjoying a workout at the park while the boys play.


 My kids go to school so I have no excuse when it comes to working out. I have the time to go to the gym or go running. I have many friends with little kids who always complain that they wish they had time to work out.  I remember when my kids were little and how tough getting some exercise was. I knew that exercise was important not only for my health but also my mind. So I always made sure to workout at least three times a week and some days I had to be creative in order to get that exercise as it was not always easy exercising with little kids. I want to share some of my ways stay at home moms can get that healthy exercise and stop making excuses. The best part is you don't need a gym membership or have to work around your husband's schedule.

Stroller Walking
   My favorite and easiest way to exercise when my kids were little was walking. I would put my child in the stroller and we would go for a fast walk. To make my walk easier, I would park my open stroller by the front door so it was always ready to go. I would always try to walk right after my kids ate so they would not get hungry during the walk as it was a pain to find somewhere to nurse the baby. As my kids got older, they still rode in the stroller until they were 5 years old. My kids learned that mom was walking and they were riding. To make my kids enjoy our walks we would walk to the park for playtime. I always choose a park that was far away from the house so I got my exercise. The park would be great for ensuring the kids took a nap on the walk home. I also had a twin stroller for the youngest two boys as they were 16 months apart. The twin stroller gave me a great workout. If you have a store nearby, then walk to the store for exercise when you need just a couple items.

Tip: Make sure you eat a healthy snack before walking so you have the energy.

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Working Out Indoors
Walking was my favorite way to exercise but on days it was too cold or windy, I would put on music and just dance. My kids loved this dancing time with mom. My house has stairs so I would also walk up and down the stairs. My boys had such fun chasing mom up and down the stairs. You can also use a workout DVD to help with your exercise.

Tip: Make a game of cleaning up toys during this time. See how fast you and the kids can run the toys upstairs to their bedroom/playroom.


 I know how busy moms are with kids and finding time to eat healthy can be tough. So instead of eating those chicken nuggets, make yourself a smoothie that requires no blender. I really love Nuzest's Just Fruit & Veggie. This delicious smoothie has 5 fruits + 5 veggies in each serving so there is no need for chopping up those fruits, as who has that kind of time. I just place two scoops in a shaker cup of almond milk and I have a meal in a glass with 14 grams of protein, fiber, and all those fruits & veggies. The Wild Berry flavor tastes like a strawberry milkshake (dairy-free of course.) All three flavors are gluten-free, soy-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, and 100% vegan.


Tip: Exercising three days a week for 30 minutes keeps your body healthy. For weight loss do five days for 45 minutes each time.

Park Exercise
Have fun at the park with the kids. Hanging on the monkey bars is great for your stomach muscles and arms. If you are able, try to do some pull-ups. Climb up the slides and play tag with the kids. Swinging is also great exercise. When you kids want you to push them on the swings, get some leg lunges in. I like to also do laps around the park/playground equipment. Bring a jump rope and kettlebell weights with. The key is to keep moving. You can also do this workout in your backyard while the kids play on the swingset. If you are in your own yard, you will feel more comfortable in moving more. Put on the headphones and march in place for on song then do the monkey bars. March in place again and then do the kettlebells and so on.


Home Exercise Equipment
If your children take naps this is a good choice as you can run on a treadmill. My boys were not nappers so I did not use any exercise equipment. I found it impossible to work out on machines when the kids were awake as I had to worry about their safety. My boys wanted to use the machines as I was using them and telling them no and get away made the workout useless.

Swiming
This is good if your kids are older and good swimmers. When my boys are in the pool, I do arm and leg exercises and also treading water while watching them at the same time. Water has a great resistance to work those muscles. I also run and jump in place in the water. My boys love when I use them as my weights in the water. I lift them up and down in the water for great arm and stomach exercise. They also love having swimming races.


Bike riding
This is also best with older kids who can bike for one or more miles. They ride their bikes and you walk fast trying to keep up with them. You can also get a bike trailer for the kids to ride in while you bike. 


These are just some of the ways that I would exercise when my boys were little. I still do some of them when the boys are home from school. I never used a gym when my boys were little as it cost too much money nor did I rely on my husband to watch the kids. I just made exercise an important part of my life like eating, sleeping, and brushing my teeth. Our bodies need exercise to stay healthy as well as good food. We moms need to take the time to take care of ourselves even are super busy moms. Exercising and eating healthy will not only keep us well but it will make us feel good. You might even lose all the baby weight from many years ago. So stop making excuses and go for a walk today.  Then grab a protein smoothie as extra protein will help tone those muscles. 
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15 comments:

  1. These are great tips and so easy to follow for everyone! Thanks for such a fab blog post! Love your images also!

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  2. Stroller Walking is a great way to get some exercise in after you have a new baby. These are great exercises for a stay at home Mom.

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  3. I am a stay at home mom and homemaker. My laundry room is in my basement. I get plenty of physical exercise each day just lugging baskets up and down lol!

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  4. Way to go mama! I love that you're making the most of the park visit for both you and your kids!

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  5. Sorry I lost my concentration after reading about nudest wild berry flavour smoothy. yummmmm. I need a box of those smoothy mixes!

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  6. These are great tips and some of them I already do with my children. I love the smoothy you shared, looks delicious.

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  7. Great tips for both you and your children. It is hard now because my children are always working. I have to wait for my grandchildren one day !!

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  8. Yummy, funny, healthy! A good mother always make sure to take care of everything. :)

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  9. Great tips you are on the right path will all of these supplies & workout gear. Keep it up!

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  10. Lovely tips and convenient for a single like me :) Its motivating!

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  11. Swimming is such a fun way to workout! It is a full body workout you can do while the kids play.

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  12. I need to start following some of these tips. I find it so hard to make time to work out as a stay at home mom.

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  13. These are awesome tips. I would love to get in shape again once my knees are healed. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thanks for these workout tips. I do zumba and yoga at home.

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  15. These are all really great tips! Working out and exercising with young kids is definitely a struggle! I agree that stroller walks are a great way to get some exercise and some sunlight for your little one! I also try to do some work outs when my son is still asleep! I'll definitely be keeping some of these in mind, thanks for sharing!

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