Tips For Busy Moms on How to Make Exercise a Daily Priority

One of the biggest struggles in getting healthy is actually getting started moving.  These Tips For Making Time To Exercise will help you to make this a reality instead of simply a dream.  It has been proven time and again that the best way to lose weight is to have a decrease in calorie intake and an increase in movement.  Exercise is vital not just for weight loss, but also for immune health.  These tips will make that possible.


Go to bed earlier.  When you go to bed even a half hour earlier, your body feels more like waking up and tackling this one thing on your to-do list.  Rising 30 minutes earlier each day will give you a chance to do some simple workout walking or dance videos before you even grab a shower and start the day.  Turn off the television and go to bed earlier so your body feels like getting up prior to everyone else in the mornings to get some exercise in.

Workout when the kids go to bed.  If you live in a home where you have a separate space away from the kids rooms to do basic walking in place, dance moves or even simply some floor exercises and basic weight training, you can easily squeeze in a half hour of exercise after they are in bed.  Give up your nightly session with a favorite TV show, and instead get moving.

Workout with your kids! Use your kid(s) as extra resistance and weight! Throw them on your shoulders and do squats, pick them up by the sides and do overhead presses with the :) Sit them on your tummy and do sit ups with a bonus kiss at the end of each rep! Or perhaps your kids are older and could even do some of the exercises with you! Even if you don't finish the entire workout, you're getting a part of it done and that is better than nothing at all!

Workout in the morning before they wake up! Perhaps rising earlier than the kids is your best option? Get your workout in before the kid(s) even get out of their beds! Of course you may have to be on the quieter side, but getting an at-home workout done while your kids are still sleeping could be a great opportunity to get in a quick 15-30 minute workout in at home!

Babysitter? Friend? Trade off with your partner? This could be a great way to get in a workout outside of the home, such as at a gym! Call up a friend, babysitter and see if you could trade babysitting with them so that both of you could go to the gym and take turns with watching each others kids! :) OR, if your partner is available, swap out with him/her!

Find a gym with childcare! These can be total game changers and are becoming increasingly popular with time! Look out for your local gym that provides childcare and sign up!

Make extra steps throughout the day.  An increase in movement, even small amounts is a great thing.  Park farther away from your destination.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Walk the kids to the park instead of driving, or even make use of kids sports practices and games to make laps around a parking lot, field or track while waiting.  There are tons of great ways to get moving throughout the day that will keep you from becoming sedentary.

Make it part of play time with your kids.  Instead of sacrificing time with your kids to go to the gym, make exercise and movement a part of your play time.  Get outside for a game of tag, some basketball or a fun natural walk.

Every bit of movement you make is an improvement to your health. These tips for making time for exercise are easy to follow in your daily life and will lead to a healthier and happier existence for your entire family.

Getting in exercise while juggling the role of mom can be super challenging, but hopefully some of the tips above can help you make a concrete plan that will get exercise on your daily routine and to-do list somewhere! Trust me, you will feel better getting this into your routine! :)