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Let me just start this off by saying that I am most certainly NOT a Super Mum, as much as I would love to be, I just don’t feel that I meet the criteria however for the sake of this article, lets just pretend that I am!! 🙂
Time isn’t easy to come by when you’re a mum. Whether your kids are in school or out of it, there are never enough hours in the day. One thing’s sure; all those people who don’t think parenting is a full-time job have clearly never tried it.
Most days, you struggle even finding the time to shower. You’re forever juggling kids meals, keeping everyone entertained, and trying to keep the house in order. It’s no wonder then, that personal fitness flies out the window.
Most mums will tell you that gym sessions are an impossibility once you’re living the parenting live. Even getting ten minutes to workout at home is unlikely. Does that mean, then, that all us mums are doomed to a life of low fitness levels and expanding waistlines? Not at all.
I’m not going to lie to you; working out with kids around isn’t easy, but it is possible. All you need to do is change the way you approach the task. Getting away from the kids to work out is probably never going to happen, so that let that idea go.
Instead, ask yourself whether you could incorporate fitness into your parenting activities. Strange as it may sound, this is the super mum’s method for getting fit and keeping the kids happy all in one. But, what parenting activities leave room for fitness, you ask?
Active play with children
Kids have unlimited energy. That’s part of the reason why your life is so busy. They never stop! Even when you think they couldn’t have any more beans, they want to go out and play sports or some other madness. Most times, you send them out with a ball in a desperate attempt to get them from under your feet.
What if you didn’t send them out alone? By getting stuck into active play along with them, you could get a pretty decent workout without needing to take time out at all. Instead of letting them amuse themselves with that ball, get out and kick it around with them.
Run around when they do instead of telling them to slow down. If they’re in the living room dancing, make a point of joining them. You get the idea; embrace every high-energy activity that you can.
That way, you’ll keep your kids’ happy while also improving your fitness. Once you get into this habit, you may find that there are a whole host of chances for you to shake it all about every day of your parenting journey.
In general, family walks are a pretty placid affair (except for the kids arguing of course). The chances are that you go so slow during these that you don’t even raise your heart rate.
The good news is that any walk, even a slow one, can work wonders for things like blood pressure and general fitness.
By really thinking about what walks can do for your fitness, though, you could even take things to the next level. There are a few different ways to do this.
If your child is young enough for a pushchair, why not stock up on some Nike Air Max women training shoes and pick up the pace a little?
I’m aren’t saying that you need to run with your poor child in tow, god no, but a brisk walk could be fun for them and your fitness.
Even if you have kiddies walking, you could make it a game that you all walk fast sometimes, or even jog for short spurts. Your kids are sure to find this great fun. And, if you make a habit of going for a family walk each day, your fitness could improve in no time.
Cleaning the house
Housework is any mum’s worst nightmare but its an inevitable task. It tends to take up the most of our time, yet it’s a thankless task.
No sooner have you scrubbed one room than you need to tackle another. Sometimes, it can feel like the whole family assumes a cleaning fairy takes care of everything for them.
But, there is a smart way to make that never ending cleaning feel a little bit more worth your while. We are, of course, talking about power cleaning. This is a fantastic way to both save yourself time and get fit in the process. All you need to do is stick on your favourite tracks and pull up your sleeves.
Then, take every cleaning activity at a faster pace than you would typically. Really throw your body into each task. As soon as you pick up the pace like this, you’ll notice how much more physical every cleaning session becomes.
You may even experience aches and pains in the aftermath. Get this right and cleaning your home could soon become as good as a gym session any day.
Volunteering at school sporting events
There are always sporting events going on at school. Be they after school clubs or full-blown sports days; it can be hard to keep up. What’s more, you’re forever getting letters home about the need for volunteers with activities just like these.
Most times, you probably put them in the bin before you even consider taking the school up on an offer like this. But, think about it, what could be better for getting fit than working with a group of sporting children?
By getting involved, you’ll be able to help your body and your standing within the school community. If your child is already engaged in events like this, you can bet they’ll also be pleased to see their mum taking part.
Next time you get a letter about anything like this, then, think twice before discarding it. This could be your ticket to endless calorie-free brownie points.
I’m the last person out there who will tell you that getting fit as a mum is easy. It isn’t. It’s impossible to sometimes even go to the toilet alone or make yourself a piece of toast some days so the thoughts of getting kids out to exercise can at times, seem impossible but hopefully by incorporating the tips above into your daily routine, you could be well on your way.
It involves constant work at a time when your days are already overloaded. But, with a little thought, you should find that you can take care of your body without even needing to create more hours in your days.
I would love to hear any other ideas any other readers may have 🙂
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