But not everyone has the time, energy, or knowledge for it. Especially if you are busy and you have so many people depending on you to care for them. As a mom, it’s hard for me to find time to myself to exercise. I already spend time chasing after my boys to get them dressed, fed, and simply entertained. I have chores to do that require energy and exercise just seems to add to the chore list. I have work that needs to be done, but requires me to sit at the computer and concentrate, I can’t be up jumping around or doing leg lifts while I do my computer work.
So how can I incorporate exercise into my daily routine, even when I don’t have time for it?
Exercise while you do your chores –
That sounds like it’ll make the chore harder, right? Well, I’ve found that shaking my hips while vacuuming, doing side leg lifts and heel raises while doing the dishes, doing squats while folding clothes, and sprints while taking the trash out or checking the mail (I like to leave our trash can at the end of our driveway) has helped. I know that those sound silly, but I have found that I get more energy and motivation to do more as I go throughout the day and exercise while I do my chores.
Exercise while you work –
Your job may be out of home or it may be in home. Either way, exercising while doing your job is possible. You just have to put thought into how to add it. For me, I work from home at a desk. When I sit down, I don’t want to get up, I just want to get my work done. I have a chair that spins. So I sit up straight in my chair, on the edge of the seat, and keep my upper body straight and still (I’m typing right now while doing this). Then I twist my lower body with the chair. It exercises my abs and lower back. I can also sit back and straighten my legs out in front of me and do flutter kicks underneath my desk. This exercises my abs, thighs, and calves.
Exercise while you play with your babies –
You may already feel like playing with your kids is exercise. I have realized that if you make playing with your kids about exercising, they’ll enjoy it just as much and you’ll get a workout in. Just have fun with it! Put on some fun music, get down in the floor with your babies, and let them crawl all over you. An easy exercise that I do with my little ones is putting my feet into their belly and pushing them up like superman. Then I bend my knees and push them back up again a few times. Not fast, because it will hurt. Just slow and gentle. Also, playing monkey see monkey do is fun! You do the exercise and see if they can do it too. My FAVORITE exercise to do with them is DANCING! It is perfect Mama and Me time, fun play time, and excellent work out time.
Exercising has its benefits and I know it may seem like hard work, but you can do it! There are no excuses! Your situation is probably different from mine, but I’m sure there are many ways that you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
How do you get your exercise in while being busy? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading a piece of my heart. May God Bless you and all that you endeavor!