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8 essential health and fitness tips for busy moms

Posted January 31

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Moms are always super busy. Whether it’s carpooling, laundry, work, or driving the kids to the soccer game, the list of things to do can be endless. With all this going on, it can feel overwhelming to add a workout to the list.

But it doesn’t have to be as you can easily squeeze one or more of these tips into your routine. What’s great is that it’ll have a positive impact on your health and happiness in a short space of time.

1. Schedule your workouts

When you’re juggling multiple responsibilities, planning will be essential. To make sure that you have enough time allotted for your workout, pencil it in on a calendar.

If you’re going to wait for the perfect moment to start, it will never happen. So, plan ahead and make health and fitness a part of your lifestyle.

2. Indulge your muscles

If you get hurt, it can result in chaos for the family. So, make sure that you pamper your muscles before and after every workout.

You can start each workout by doing stretches to get your muscles ready. After a workout, you can take a nice relaxing bath to help your muscles cool down and relax.

3. Bathroom exercises

Doing some exercises in the bathroom may sound silly, but it can be a great opportunity to do a set number of exercises when you use the bathroom.

You can break them down like 20 calf raises on the first trip, 10 squats on the next, then maybe 30 jumping jacks, and so on.

If you follow this pattern each time you go to the bathroom, you will definitely start seeing results over a short period of time.

4. Mow the lawn

If you have a yard, someone will have to mow it. It might as well be you as pushing and pulling a mower for an hour can do more for your thighs than some exercises.

By the end of your workout, you’ll also have a beautiful lawn.

5. Exercise at the playground

If you’re already spending a lot of time at the playground, you can quickly get through a ton of exercises while your kids are busy having fun.

It can be as simple as walking the parameter of the playground, or taking an opportunity to work with a light set of dumbbells while you’re watching the kids.

6. Workout while you sit

Let’s face it, driving the kids around or being stuck behind a desk at work involves a lot of sitting. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get some exercise in.

During this time, you can do some squeeze and hold exercises to tighten your muscles.

7. Pack your lunch

Making your own food will go a long way to keeping you healthy. You’re already feeding your kids healthy food, so what about you?

When you’re packing a healthy lunch for your kids, make sure that you do the same for yourself.

8. Supplement your diet

As you start packing your own lunch, try to supplement your diet with amino acids, proteins, minerals and vitamins.

Seek out vitamins that have been specifically designed for women in your age group. If you don’t have time, there are plenty of healthy shakes, supplemental pills and nutrition bars as well.

Exercising and eating healthy is a great way to enhance your overall health.

If you incorporate some of these tips into your busy life, you will certainly start to feel the difference in a few weeks.

As Financial Director and co-owner of Alpine Recovery Lodge, Amy is very involved in the finances and marketing operations at Alpine Recovery Lodge www.alpinerecoverylodge.com

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