Please enjoy these awesome tips from guest blogger Kelsey Vasquez:
Whether you are a mom or dad, working or not, it can get tough to get a good workout in. Sometimes kids’ schedules can be more hectic than our own between sports, music classes, and other extracurricular activities. Combine this with your own schedule, whether it is a 9-5 work day or keeping up with the house duties, and it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and sometimes even depressed because you are not leaving any time for you. Here are 5 ways you can build workout time into your busy schedule so that you can feel those endorphins kick in, stay fit, and smile more often:
- Make time to go to the park with your kids. Have them jog around the park with you and play on the monkey bars while they swing. No seriously, play on the monkey bars. This would offer you a major upper body and core workout. You can try a few pull ups for shoulders or knee ups for abs. A lot of parks offer some work out machinery as well so you can get your workout in and your kids can stay active along with you. Pinterest has tons of inspiration on different types of squats, lunges, and other body weight exercises you can do with the equipment that is readily available such as a bench or a tree.
- Change up your transportation. We tend to get very dependent on our cars for all of our transportation needs. If there is a grocery store a few blocks away, take the kids and go for a walk to run an errand or two. You can also ride your bikes to a park or to sports practice if it is close enough. If this is not possible, switch up your weekend mornings with a scenic bike ride at a local park. This will help you create la+sting memories with your kids while getting you all active.
- Early bird gets the worm, or the workout. Waking up early and getting your workout before everyone wakes up can be tough but if you are able to get it in before your day starts, you get it out of the way and won’t risk being too tired later. Don’t be afraid of wearing your workout clothes to bed. This makes it much easier to get started when you wake up. Not sure what to do? There are plenty of apps that offer a list of things to do in your very own living room, invest in a few workout dvds, or go on Youtube for some free workout videos. Just be sure you are going to sleep early to get your much needed rest.
- Take baby steps. Even if you are able to get a full workout in, stop taking the elevator and take the stairs instead. Park far away from the store, where there is plenty of parking and no one is battling spots. Watching your favorite show? Rotate mini workouts during the commercial brakes (i.e. jog in place as much as you can for the first commercial break, do lunges for the next one, sit ups for the next one, etc.).
- Use technology! Most smart phones have fitness trackers built into them. Create a goal and try to get in a certain amount of steps a day. You can even compete with a few friends to help motivate each other. There are also several free apps such as MyFitnessPal that also help you keep track of your food intake. If you are going for a jog, there are fun apps like Zombie, Run.
Final words: Be obsessive. Plan ahead. If you know that you are going to an event in the evening, opt for the early bird work-out and get it out of the way. There is nothing more important than taking care of you. If you don’t take care of yourself properly, you cannot take care of anyone else properly either. Working out is something that no one can do for you, so make it a point to get some physical activity in every day and use any opportunity to do so.
This is not easy but it is as necessary as feeding yourself. Don’t be shy to ask for help. Think about how many times you have asked for a babysitter for less important stuff. This is about taking care of you and no one else can do this for you.
About Kelsey Vasquez:
Mom of 3 (18, 14, & 8)
Group Fitness Instructor and Private Trainer at Memorial Healthcare System
Owner and Operator of Kelsey’s Super Kitchen