Finding time for the gym can be tough. Especially if you have a job, kids, and a busy schedule. Sara Robinson, author of SELF-CARE FOR MOMS, shares some advice on finding the perfect quick workout routine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. If you do the math, that works out to five 30-minute sessions each week. Some weeks you’ll go over this, other weeks you won’t, but keep in mind that it’s important to prioritize physical self-care to help maintain both physical and mental health.
Many moms think and feel better when they exercise regularly. And the CDC also confirms that something is better than nothing when it comes to activity and exercise, so do your best to fit this self-care activity into your routine! With 30 minutes you can go for a brisk walk (or jog if you’re ready for it), find an exercise routine online, or simply turn on some high-energy music and dance.
You can include your kids in your workout. Invite them to participate, or have them help you out. If you have a baby or young toddler, they can act as a weight for your exercises. Hold or wear them while you squat and lunge (make sure you’re physically ready for that). By working out in front of your kids, you set a positive example about exercise. Keep in mind that your workout may be derailed here and there. For instance, young kids may see planking as an invitation to climb on top of you or under you. But the great thing about doing your workout while your kids are around is that you get to do your self-care while staying engaged with them. Over time everyone will get into a routine and your 30-minute workouts will become more productive.
Discover more ways to take care of your body and mind in SELF-CARE FOR MOMS by Sara Robinson!
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