Reclaim Mom fitness in 9 simple steps (with no real workouts) | MomFit | Fit Mom bloggers
Moms! I know how tough it can be to make time for fitness which is why I have rounded up some of the simplest ways to stay fit in nine simple steps. Because as a busy mom of two little kids, I know first hand how difficult it is to find time for exercise and prepare healthy meals to reach your weight loss goals. These tips aren’t workouts at all so you don’t need to carve out time from your busy schedule. Just a little focus on your fitness and you are good to go. Remember, you are important. And you have an important job!
But before I begin, I would love to share with you all a great news. I am going to Japan in 4 days with my kids to join their dad who’s already there and waiting for us. Well, had it not been for Covid-19, we would have been reunited much sooner. But more on that later, or you could quickly hop over to my Facebook page and check out this post.
9 simple steps to stay fit and reclaim your fitness as a busy mom
If you are reasonably fit you can function well physically, and you look and feel better for it. However, if you’re not in good shape, you’ll find it even more difficult to get through what needs to be done in a day. No time, you say? Keep these time-savvy ideas in mind to reclaim mom fitness in seven simple steps with no real workouts.
1. Use the stairs
You’ve already heard this the 100th time, but using stairs and no escalators or lifts gives you a quick effective workout. It’s nearly always just a flight or two!
2. Pair a workout
Try doing some leg lifts or knee bends while you’re brushing your teeth. While on the phone, stretch or walk around while you talk.
3. Invest in exercise equipment that also doubles up as play for kids
Buy a stationary bike, treadmill or mini trampoline so you can grab small snatches of exercise at home, at any time of the day.
4. Put on the dance music while you dust
Cleaning your house can be a good aerobic workout if you put on some dance music while you work. Peppy dance numbers put a spring in your step and you do things faster and with more energy. This post on how to clean your bedroom in 15 minutes or less should be handy. Also, check out how https://racingtigers.com/create-an-organised-kitchen/
5. Try Eastern-Style Exercises
Even the most die-hard couch potatoes can enjoy graceful practices such as yoga and tai-chi, which enhance physical and spiritual wellbeing. In our house, we love these Walk At Home exercises by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing her exercises for several years now and they are so enjoyable while giving visible results. Link
6. Lemons to power up up
Pucker up, mothers! Never underestimate the power of vitamin C- or the tried and trusted advice to drink lemony drinks when you or your family gets a cold. The vitamin C in lemons reduces levels of histamine, the chemical that contributes to stuffed noses and runny eyes.
The body uses vitamin ‘C’ to boost the activity of immune cells and manufacture collagen, which is a tissue-building substance that assists in wound healing.
It is also a powerful antioxidant and reduces levels of unstable cell-damaging molecules known as free radicals, and helps to guard against heart diseases. (Several studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C increase the risk of a heart attack.) When cholesterol becomes oxidised – attacked by free radicals- it’s more likely to turn into artery-blocking plaque.
The body uses vitamin C to boost the activity of immune cells and manufacture collagen, the tissue building substance that assists in wound healing.
7. Play with children for incidental workouts
Play with your children. Get out there and ride a bike or have a go on the swings. When I go to watch my children play football, I keep walking up and down the sidelines for a bit of incidental exercise, which is exactly what experts are telling us, we’re not getting enough of.
8. Walk wherever possible
It pays to put a little distance between yourself and your destination. Walk up the street to get milk or bread. Park and then walk to the theatre, school or office. Apart from the exercise, it saves time otherwise spent trying to get the best parking spot.
Sitting for long periods causes carbon dioxide to build up in your blood, which in turn makes you sleepy. The ‘breath of fire’ is a traditional yoga exercise that helps clear the lungs completely. First, breathe in deeply through your nose, then exhale using 15-20 short, sharp bursts, clenching your stomach muscles to really push out each burst. Repeat not more than 3 times.
9. Smart foods to help you reclaim mom fitness
Well, the safest bets and definitely the easiest ones would be to stick to a natural and delicious fruits diet.
Fruits are indeed powerhouses of health delivered to us in a package of deliciousness.
So what’s the bonus? It also gives you healthier skin and shinier hair.
Though all fruits are beneficial, there are still a few that turn the body into a fat-burning machine.
Check out this post on 5 Fruits to help you get back into your old jeans
In conclusion- Being a mom is tough
Being a mom is hard work, but it is also the most rewarding, the most wonderful experience ever. There will be days that will leave you euphoric and there will be days that will leave you in frustrating tears. It is just so important to be gentle with oneself. Having a plan and a set routine is great, but to have a flexible plan is better.
Now I better rush. Lots more preparation is still pending before we leave. What are your favourite ways to get things done while mom-ing? Are you just letting the days pass by or are you packing them with little hacks and new perspectives? Share your ideas in the comments below. But before I close this, I just wanted to let you know, why blogging is my thing.
The blog and it’s importance….
I’d like to let you know how this blog makes me so happy. I’ve never put so much time into something that has instantly begun to pay me back in so many ways.
The connections I’ve made with fellow bloggers worldwide, who are such wonderful friends now. They don’t just share your passion and vision but are such extraordinary cheerleaders too. The connections I’ve made with readers and the extra connections I make with new friends who text me about things I’ve written about. For me, blogging has truly been much more than just how well you express yourself in words. And my little blog has given me more happiness and satisfaction than anything, I have ever attempted before.
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