Workout Tips From Working Moms

by Jennifer Boudreau on March 6, 2014

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Beautiful mother and daughter running in the neighborhoodThe biggest workout obstacle for most women is time, and that obstacle is far greater among working moms. All of you working moms are amazing! You scramble to get the kids out the door, work all day, come home, cook, eat and before you know it, its bedtime. Throw in some household chores and your day is maxed out! WHEN is there time to workout?

Well, since I’m a stay at home mom, I have no business telling working moms how to squeeze in a workout. Instead, I went straight to the source and asked two working moms for a few tips on how to get that workout in. I know them from one of my Fitness Challenge Groups and they are very consistent with their workouts! I’m so proud of them, and I want to share with you a few of the things that have helped them succeed.

Here is what Jenni, an elementary school teacher, had to share….

1)    Set an attainable goal and make it a priority to schedule a time into your daily routine to get your workout routine done. Look at what you’ve got going on throughout the week so you can plan ahead and take your rest day on one of your busiest days/nights.

2)    Communicate with your spouse and let him know how important your fitness goals are to you. Let him know how he can help. In our home, I will usually take care of dinner and my husband will do bath/bed. My boys are independent enough (ages 5 and 7) that it’s not too crazy for my husband to do the bedtime routine on his own. This works out perfectly because I can still tuck them in when I’m done and not feel like I’m working out so late that I have trouble falling asleep.

3)      Do not let “mom guilt” get the best of you. This is easier said than done and has truly been easier to do as my boys have gotten older. As a full-time working mom, you experience enough guilt for not being with your child all day. Taking a chunk out of your evening to exercise on top of that can add to the guilt. I think many moms alleviate this by working out in the morning, which is a great option. I remind myself that I am exercising for me, but also for my family. I want to be healthy, happy and be able to keep up with them and all of their activities and sports. Mentally, I also need to “decompress”. I am surrounded by children all day and then need to save up enough patience to get me through the evenings with my own children. Exercising makes me feel good and helps calm me down, especially after a difficult day.

4)      Time is more limited for working moms. There’s just not as much of it in the day to devote to exercising. Having easily accessible workout DVD’s or equipment in the home may make it more likely that you will stick to your goal.

Jenni’s Workouts: Elliptical, running on the treadmill, T25, crunches on stability ball and free weights.

Alicia, a school Principal, shared a lot of the same tips as Jenni did, but added a few others.

1)      Designate a time and make it part of your day (4am for me).

2)      Whenever the weather is nice enough, I include the kids! You will often see me pushing the double jogger with my kids (ages 4 and 2) while the dog is on a leash. They all enjoy running with mommy!

Alicia’s Workouts: Running, T25, P90X, free weights and crunches on stability ball.

So, there you have it! Thank you Jenni and Alicia for taking the time to share these great tips, so we can help other working mommies fit their workouts into their busy day!

If you need quick workout suggestions or want to join one of my Fitness Challenge Groups, leave a comment and let me know! The 21 Day Fix is another great, quick workout option for busy moms!

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