Tips to help mums create good workout routines at home

Raising kids is one of the toughest tasks out there, and it can easily take up most of our time. Instead of drinking coffee with friends, going to a hair salon or enjoying our favourite show, now it seems like all we ever do consists of cleaning up after our little ones, cooking, driving them to school plays and football practises and helping them with homework. However, no matter how busy we are and how chaotic our life is at the moment, squeezing in exercise and workout routines at home is possible even on those busiest days. If you have decided to get into shape and finally wear that one-size-too-small dress, here are a couple of tried and tested tips to help you on your journey.

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Work out with your kids

This can easily sound like the hardest thing on the planet and make you imagine scenarios with a lot of yelling, screaming and running around, but working out with your little ones doesn’t have to be that difficult. You can create dumbbells out of socks or small weights out of water bottles, so they can exercise with you. If it is your cardio day, you can take them for a bike ride through the local forest or around the neighbourhood. One more solution is to play different games with them. After all, a lot of them involve a serious amount of physical activity, so you can work your muscles while keeping your little ones entertained.

Wear your workout clothes the whole day

Sometimes finding big chunks of time in your schedule for workouts is impossible. However, if you put on your workout clothes when you get up and wear them throughout the day, you will always be ready for a quick session whenever time allows. Even 10 minutes of cardio here and there can do wonders for your figure.

Here I am sporting outdoor clothing by Decathlon UK – I love it for both my football training outside or stretching and walking in the park with my fluffy friend Biscuit (a cute King Cavalier Spaniel)

Another benefit of wearing your workout clothes is getting you in the mood. It can motivate you to work harder, even if you are just dusting or vacuuming. And if you get sweaty, no one cares! These days workout outfits are so stylish and fashionable you don’t even have to change when going to the market or taking your kids to the park. Nowadays even running shoes look completely amazing and go with different kinds of outfits, so click here for more information on great footwear.

Make every step count

If you don’t have time for working out, that doesn’t mean you cannot get in some activity. Instead of driving to the local grocery store, hop on your bike or walk there. Forget that you have an elevator in your building and use the stairs all the time. You can even use your kids instead of weights and do push-ups with them on your back. Believe me, they will love it. Another trick you can try out is doing lunges or squats while preparing lunch and dinner.

Hire a personal trainer

This option doesn’t have to break the bank, and it could really benefit you. Hiring a trainer who will come to your house once a week or even a couple of days a week and help you stay on track might be a great option. You won’t have to leave your house, you will get customised workouts and your instructor will give you that push you need to complete your routine. If you cannot afford a trainer, consider doing partner training with a friend, so you can split the costs. When you are a stay-at-home mom it is hard to find a couple of minutes for yourself. However, it is important to remember that you need to take care of your health or otherwise you won’t be able to take care of your kids. Therefore, use this trick to squeeze a workout routine into your already packed schedule and become a stronger, happier and healthier version of yourself

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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