My family and I just got back from a trip to Florida. We live in Illinois so a trip to “The Sunshine State” in winter is an amazing treat. Knowing that the trip was approaching I tried extra hard to fit in my workouts. I don’t have a gym membership and with two kids at home I have to figure out how to workout at home.
There are lots of workout tips out there that I tried first: get up before your children, do it during nap time, do it when your spouse gets home so they get quality time with the other parent, and you get “me time.” If these work for you – go for it! Do what works.
Personally, I need to get the sleep when I can. The second baby is not a good sleeper so I am still up a few times a night. I want to use nap time for showers, craft projects, or special one on one time with my 5 year-year-old. When my husband gets home from work we have dinner, play as a family, clean up dinner and then its bedtime. I am not looking to rush out the door, I missed seeing him all day too.
Here are five things I try to do to make sure I get my exercise in. My goal is to try fit a workout in 5 days a week. With these tips I find I am able to reach that goal (most of the time).
How To Workout At Home
Get dressed to work out, first thing
When I wake up in the morning I try to immediately put on my workout clothes. Staying in pajamas makes me feel lazy and it is harder to get motivated the longer I wait. Let’s be honest, it’s not like yoga pants and a sports bra are uncomfortable so I am still able to play with the kids and crawl around on the floor without feeling restricted.
Keep your equipment easily accessible
I use a yoga mat, my hand weights and my exercise bands. You can definitely workout without equipment, so don’t feel like you have to go buy stuff. I just like to use some of these things so I make sure they are close by. In my family room the couch is against the wall so I tuck these things behind the couch, out of sight.
Hangry is real thing. For kids and adults. I know eating seems like an odd fitness tip, but hear me out. When we wake up, eating breakfast is the first thing we do. Food fuels our bodies and gives us energy to play AND workout. Make a good choice, eat something that actually will fuel your body, not just empty calories that fill your tummy. The better choices I make for breakfast the easier it is to keep the ball rolling all day. I don’t have the sugar crash. I feel full longer. And I start the day with a good meal choice, so it seems silly to ruin it with a bad lunch or pre-lunch snack.
Get your kids involved
Set goals together. Maybe you have a goal of being able to run all the way to the park without stopping. Maybe you want to cross the monkey bars. Maybe you want to play tag for 30 min and not have to take a break. I try to focus on things I will be able to do because of working out. As opposed to weight loss. It also helps to get the kids involved doing the workouts with you. Tell them what you want to do, they will hold you accountable. Kids are great at that.
Workout where you are
I mean this physically and geographically. Don’t try to do a super-advanced two hour a day workout program if that isn’t what your body is ready for. Challenge yourself, work up a sweat, but remember that it doesn’t all change in one day. I also mean don’t wait for THEE perfect giant block of time. Little bursts of effort here and there will add up. Don’t be embarrassed to work out in your yard or at the park. When you are working out with them, it is playing and doesn’t even seem like you are taking time away to workout. It gets built into the fun of the day and becomes something they look forward to doing with you.
Whether you are home with your kids all day or working out of the home and coming home feeling rushed and limited with the time you have with them, I hope that these tips help you include working out in your day in a way that works for your family. Working out will help you feel stronger and have more energy and when you include them in it, everyone wins.