7 Tips on How to Exercise With a Toddler At Home
As a new parent I am sure you don’t feel like you have the time to do anything let alone exercise. Taking care of the shiny new toddler in the house is a full-time task but new parents must find a way to take care of themselves as well. The only way to do this is to integrate being a parent with your workout regime. Here are few tips on how you can make that happen.
While some of them will work perfectly you just the way they are don’t be afraid to modify and change these to fit your lifestyle and needs. Also, do not be intimated or cast judgement on yourself if you are slow to get going on this. Be patient with yourself and celebrate all you accomplishments.
1. Start Early
Workouts are best done in the morning. Bright and early before sunrise is a great time to schedule your workout because the toddler is (hopefully) still asleep. Set your workout for 5 a.m sharp and you’ll be done before the kids are even up.
2. Stick to Your Schedule
You are much more likely to stick to your workout commitments if you put them in a schedule. If you set your workout routine for Friday at 3PM then make sure that your partner or babysitter knows that he or she will be in charge of watching the baby. Make sure they also know that it is non-negotiable.
3. Include the Baby In the Workout
‘Alone’ time is hard to find when you have a toddler to look after. Babies who are that young must be watched at all times therefore if you have a home gym you can sit them down in the corner with a few toys while you run on the treadmill or lift some weights. Just be certain that the child is within view at all times. If your workout routine is planned for outside then you can take your toddler with you. All that you need to do is put the child in a jogger-stroller that you can push ahead of you while you jog or you can get a carrier for your bicycle. The workout will not be as intense because your child is there however it still counts as a workout.
4. Create a Support System
Being a new mother is a tough task but you are not the only one who has that responsibility. Find other mothers who also want more time to exercise and keep each other on track by offering help and support. If you trust the other mother to keep your child safe then you can take turns babysitting while the other takes an hour to do yoga at home.
5. Sneak In A Few Reps Whenever You Can
Sneaking in micro-workouts will be necessary if your schedule is overloaded. If all that you can manage to spare at a given time is 15 minutes while the kids are eating, napping or watching TV then you can bring out the weights and pump out a few high-intensity reps while they are distracted. 10-15 minutes snuck in at different intervals throughout the day is guaranteed to keep you physically fit.
6. Streamline Your Schedule
Regular exercisers are known to make the time for exercise rather than find it. If you take a hard look at your schedule then you will certainly find a few activities that you can do without. Exercising will be much better for you than catching up on your social media so sacrifice scrolling through your news-feeds and you will suddenly have large chunks of time that can be used for exercising. Try to lump those spare chunks of time together so that you can have a proper workout session.
7. Turn Free Space at Home Into A Gym
Not being able to make it to the gym is the most convenient excuse for missing a workout session. Make it easier for yourself by bringing the gym to you. All that you need to do is find free space in the garage or a spare room and then invest in some home-gym equipment. If you can’t afford the equipment or find the space, then buy a few dumbbells that you can pump while watching TV with the baby. Just remember to make sure that baby is not able to reach the gym equipment. You can find great home routines using apps and downloads straight to you phone. You can also follow trainers on Instagram to get more ideas for a home workout. The internet is full of such routines so pick the one that best suits your needs.
You Deserve To Take Care Of Yourself
Finding the time to exercise while you have a toddler will be worth it. Don’t think that you are being selfish by prioritizing your own health because staying healthy will make you happy and we all know a reinvigorated mommy will have more smiles to share with her family.
Make yourself a priority even if it is just for a few minutes each day. Try starting with twenty minutes and then build up to more time.
And lastly, do not forget to stay hydrated and well nourished! What you put in your body is as important as what you do to the outside.
Stay STRONG mama! You’ve got this.
Until Next Time,