I’m currently sitting in the cafe at my local gym writing this post. This is a rather new thing for me as I only joined the gym a few weeks ago. I’m trying to make it 5 days a week and I balance out some exercise with a cup of tea and some work on the blog in the cafe afterwards. 3 years ago if you had have told me to join a gym with a crèche to fit in some exercise I would have laughed in your face. You clearly hadn’t met my first-born! Even now, it was my 3.5 year old (my then first-born) who took quite some settling in and still stays in the baby room with his 14 month old brother when we are here. The reality is that it isn’t as simple as putting your child in the crèche for some mums as some babies and kids just won’t go! Here I’ve got some tips on how to make time for exercise that go beyond the standard “join a gym with a crèche” approach (even though, ironically, that is now my preferred option).
Work out videos
If you find it difficult to get out of the house and the only time you’ve really got is the hour (or 20 minutes!) when bub sleeps then invest in some work out videos. I quite like Michelle Bridges ones and I found them accessible for an unfit new mum.
Swap workout times with a friend or partner
If you can find a friend (or husband) who’s also keen to exercise then swapping times with them could work. One can look after the kids while the other works out and then you can swap.
Make exercise part of your play
Make being active part of your everyday activities with the kids. Perhaps walking with the pram or chasing the kids around the bike track. Star jumps in the backyard? A circuit at the local park? Being more active in everyday activities is a great way to make time for exercise without really taking any time out of your day.
Join a gym with a crèche
Yep, it does work for some! I have to say that I am currently in love with the crèche at our local gym. I do a 40-60 minute workout and then take 20-40 minutes to myself to have a cup of tea and catch up on the blog. It’s awesome! If you have kids that will go and you can scrape together the money it is so worth it. It is especially great if you are at home full-time with the kids as it’s so nice to drink a cup of tea while it is still hot!
Get up earlier
Ok, I’m going to be honest. I am NOT a morning person and even pre kids this didn’t work for me. After getting up multiple times a night to feed, toilet and other wise settle small children there is next to no chance I’ll be getting up any earlier than I absolutely have to! This does work for my husband though and he is out of the house before 6am every morning to go for a run or a ride before work. If you are a morning person then getting up early and getting in some exercise may be the best option for you.
Join a weekend class
Something is better than nothing and if the only time you have is the weekend then commit to a class of some sort so you are obliged to turn up!
Join a local sport team
A few of my friends have recently formed a basketball team (if you know me and my height challenge you’ll understand why I wasn’t first on the list to join up!). The team plays in the evening after kids are in bed and husbands are home and it is a great way to keep active and be social. If team sports are your thing and a bit of healthy competition motivates you then this could be for you.
What ideas do you have on how to make time for exercise? Let me know in the comments…