As a work at home mom, I know how challenging it can be to do many things that you may have previously taken for granted. When I first became a work at home mom, I realized that while I was finishing my work and other chores, I did so by neglecting time spent on myself. One of the worst things I sacrificed? Exercising and Sports.
Everyone needs to get some exercise in order to stay healthy; we all know that. But, it can seem darn near impossible for a work at home mom to fit some exercise into her busy schedule. Chances are, you are always occupied with one task or another from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed. You probably still aren’t going to be able to get everything done by the end of the day.
If you have neglected setting aside some time for exercise, you’re not alone. I’m sure this is a relatively common thing for work at home moms to do, since that exercise time could be spent doing things much more productive, such as making phone calls, cleaning the house, preparing meals or composing emails. But, exercise is just as important, so it needs done, too…. unfortunately.
If you are a work at home mom, here are a few tips to help you get some exercise worked into your day…
Walk With the Kids
Dig out that stroller, and head outside for a walk around the block. This is great if you have small children who can ride in strollers, but older kids may be hard to take these types of walks with. You may be concerned about them running into the street.
If you have older kids, why not take them to the park? They can play while you stroll around the park. (Just make sure the kids are always in your view.) Walking is great exercise that every body is designed to do.
Break Up Your Exercise Times
Chances are, it will be difficult for you to take an entire 30-minutes or an hour of time to exercise all at once. You may be able to break your 30-minute exercise routine into two 15-minute sessions, or three 10-minute sessions. You will still be receiving the proper amount of exercise; it will just be broken up into more realistic time allotments.
Wear a Pedometer
These are fun little items that clip onto your belt and track the amount of steps you take throughout your day. Experts claim that 10,000 steps should be a goal for most people to try to achieve for health. Pedometers can be purchased from the sporting goods sections of most stores, and are usually under $10.
When I want to change things up a bit, I put on my pedometer as soon as I get up in the morning. Then, I leave it on throughout the day. At the end of the day, I look at the number on the pedometer. If it’s under 10,000 steps, I jump on the treadmill and walk until I have reached that number. This kind of keeps things interesting.
I hope I have inspired you work at home moms to try to fit in some exercise into your days. You are worth it!