Mom’s Too Tired to Exercise


Mom’s Too Tired to Exercise

too tired to exerciseRecently we asked our Facebook followers for challenges they face in trying to fit exercise into their daily lives. Fatigue was one of the answers. As one mom of two explains, “It’s hard to get up early in the morning because the baby doesn’t sleep through the night. It’s hard to do it at night because after I finally get the toddler to bed I’m ready for bed myself.”

Sound familiar? Being a mom is hard work. Simply put, it’s exhausting. Very rewarding…but still exhausting. If you compartmentalize exercise from the rest of your life, it can seem impossible to get away for an hour several times a week to workout. If you find yourself in this situation, what can you do? Fit it in throughout your day…

First off, I don’t recommend cutting into your sleep time to exercise. Everyone needs sleep. Moms with young children especially need sleep. We don’t get enough as it is, so what little we do get needs to be protected.

Since you’re not cutting into your sleep time, you’ll need to exercise when you’re awake. I’m sure some of you are laughing right now, since your day is already jam packed and you can’t possibly slip away to workout. No need to. Here are some ways to fit exercise in throughout your day:

  • If you have a baby, strap on your carrier (or just hold him/her) and do a workout WITH your baby. Here is a Baby Weight Workout and here is a Babywearing Circuit Workout. Stay tuned for more baby weight and babywearing workouts to be posted soon.
  • If you have a toddler or older child, incorporate him/her into your workout. Click here for some fun ideas.
  • Assign exercises to some household tasks that you regularly do throughout the day. For example, do 10 squats every time you wash your hands. Click here for more ideas.
  • Do a quick 5 minute energizing workout right after you wake up and then do another 5 minute workout in the evening. Here’s one idea that I like to do that coincidentally is also a great way to track your progress over time – pick one exercise and do as many reps as you can in 5 minutes. So, for your energizing morning workout I’d recommend choosing an exercise that will get your heart pumping, such as jumping jacks, fast squats, jump squats, mountain climbers or burpees. For your evening workout, core exercises are a good choice.

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