So, you want to exercise. You miss hitting the pavement, lifting heavy things and putting on your fluoro runners for something other than a trip to the supermarket. But the three year old just used your nine month old as a trampoline, your six year old needs help with her reading, dinner is half-cooked and the washing is breeding and having grandchildren of its own.
As a new mum (bubs is 8 months old), I have become abundantly compassionate to this struggle. But knowing that I would struggle with my sanity and to be my best, I set the goal to do the Couch-to-5K Plan. I only have one baby, and so with some help from my husband I found a few rare peaceful moments alone to get outside and run to my hearts content (or really, to the official app on my iPhone – run 8 mins, walk 3 mins, run 8 mins, etc). But this all started me wondering… ‘Is it really possible to be fit with children, or are we asking far too much of ourselves?’.
Three tips to get you moving, lifting and shaking!
- Make exercise a game. Race the kids to the nearest tree to begin sprinting. Lift your 1 year old high into the air and then down to touch their toes to the ground – this is a squat with an overhead press (listen to them giggle). Get to swimming pool and join in rather than sitting on the sidelines. It doesn’t have to be in a gym to count as exercise.
- Teach your older kids to exercise with you. Have a competition with your six year old as to who can do the most burpees. Enter them into a kiddie marathon and train with them. Let the younger kids play near you whilst you lift – our children are always watching.
- Exercise in small bouts. Lots of small sets all add up to a pretty good session. Before breakfast you do push ups, whilst folding washing you do lunges, at the park you grab a bar and pull up, park far away and walk an extra block to the school pick up add a 10 min yoga sun salutation whilst you debrief your day with the husband and all together you’re moving and shaking more then the average mum.
Of course, I hope this helps you to add fitness to your life, gain your pre-baby body and gain energy to do what you love.