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Stay At Home Moms: Exercising

1 Nov

It has been proven that exercise makes us happier people. Stay at home moms, however, don’t always have a lot of time to exercise between caring for the kids, cleaning the house and running errands to keep the household in shape. Often, these moms forget about their general well being through the course of caring for everyone else. While exercise may seem unattainable, it is possible for stay at home moms to find the time – and energy – to sneak in an exercise here and there.

If you have little ones in the house, close the curtains and turn on the radio! I was in the best shape of my life when my son was a toddler because he loved to dance, he made everyone dance with him, and he liked to dance forever! We jumped, twisted, turned, and copied the dances of his favorite television characters. I had a workout every day that I stayed home with him. If dancing truly isn’t your thing, put the baby in the stroller and hit the road. Walking with a weighted stroller provides a better workout than walking alone because the arms are working as hard as the legs to push the stroller. The outdoors is great for baby too; if the environment seems too scary for your child, buy a plastic cover for the stroller.

Stroller covers

If dancing and walking just aren’t working for you, search your home. I was stuck in the house one day due to the bitter cold. I desperately wanted to walk, so I took the stairs in our home – up, down, back up then down again. I felt like I had done my regular walk from the comfort of my own home. Follow your child’s lead and do laps around your home at a fast walk or slow jog, or do simple push ups and sit ups. If your children are watching you, they may join or make up their own exercises. Incorporate these exercises into playtime with your child and make it fun for both of you!

Finally, grab a “date” for exercise. A close friend of mine has been walking for almost twenty years because she has a walking partner she does not like to disappoint. After Dad comes home, grab a neighbor or friend and hit the road together. If you have someone else to please, you will be more apt to work out. As women, we are generally eager to please and nurturing souls, so we hate to disappoint. Ask a friend to help you find that extra motivation.

These are only a few motivational points. If you have your own stay at home mom exercise tips, post them here!

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