There are many reasons why it’s hard to get to the gym or even have a gym membership to begin with. Money might be tight, your spare time might be sparse, or it could be both. As a new mom, I have both of those problems. Even though I want to go to the gym every day for an hour or two, most days it’s just not realistic. Working out at home in-between feedings and diaper changes is the best I get. As I’m discovering, there are ways to workout at home that are low-impact and help further my fitness goals, a little bit at a time!
- TV Workouts
These exist for virtually every TV show out there! You can watch your favorite show and get in a workout at the same time. I’m currently watching Orange Is The New Black, and this is the workout chart I’ve been using. After one episode I’m sweating and my endorphins are up so I’m ready to turn off the TV and do something a bit more productive.
- The Shower
This seems weird, but the shower is a great place to squeeze in some toning. Rather than reading shampoo bottles while you let your conditioner do it’s work, do standing bicycles. I do 3 reps of 20 and then it’s time to rinse! It’s something I hardly even notice, but doing it every day is certainly making a difference.
- Raking Leaves
The leaves are falling like rain, or at least they are here in the Midwest. You could pay the neighborhood boy to rake them up and save yourself the headache, but all you’re doing is passing up on a good workout. Get some music going, bust out the rake and get your sweat on while cleaning up your yard.
For any stay at home mom cleaning just comes with the territory. I’m learning that there are two ways to do it: slowly and throughout the day or fast and all at once. Just by upping the tempo, after one hour that house looks good and I’m sweating. I have a playlist specifically for cleaning, featuring Backstreet Boys and Kanye West. As soon as it starts, I’m ready to go!
Eventually I’ll be able to get to the gym every day like I want, but that’s just not going to happen while I have a sweet little baby at home that needs me. Until then, running in the mornings and working out while doing things I already do every day will get me by!