(Fremont County, Wyo.) - Being a parent is a busy job with few vacation days, limited lunch breaks, and absolutely no sick days! It’s easy to understand why finding time to work out is often a challenge for parents.
Here are 7 tips to help you sneak in a workout while you're on parenting duty:
Tip #1: Always Be Prepared - Keep a bag packed, just in case. Your bag should include headphones, water, a towel, wipes (for after), a little spritzer, and athletic clothes. At the very least, throw a pair of athletic shoes in your car so you’ll always be able to get up and go!
Tip #2: Walk EVERYWHERE - Now that you’ve got your bag packed and shoes at the ready, you’ll never have an excuse to sit on the sidelines. That’s right. Kid’s soccer practice? Walk instead of sit in the chair. Drop-off birthday party? Hit the pavement and steer clear of the goodies!
Tip #3: Break It Up - Speaking of small steps adding up, keep in mind that exercise doesn’t have to happen for thirty minutes a day, 3 days a week, to count. Every minute your heart rate is elevated (even slightly) or your muscles are taxed, it counts!
Tip #4: Multi-Task - You know you brag about it—how much you can get done simultaneously! Now, put that to work. Along the same lines as Tip #3, you don’t have to wait for the perfect time or place to exercise, just sneak it in with your everyday activities. At the grocery store, try carrying two shopping baskets instead of pushing the cart (much easier when you’re alone). Standing in line at the store, try curling the shopping baskets (or your baby!), doing a few calf raises, or squats.
Tip #5: Do Chores Like a BOSS! - That’s right; step up the housecleaning game and turn these must-dos into workouts. Set a timer and see how quickly you can get your daily chores completed. If you’re moving faster from room to room, you’re sure to burn some extra calories. Need to go up and down the stairs to put away laundry? Why not take several trips instead of trying to do it all at once? While unloading the dishwasher, add a few countertop push-ups in between.
Tip #6: Play! - Why not enjoy some of the activities your kids are doing? Take a trip to the playground and get in on the action.
Tip 7: Find Time - Perhaps it’s time to simply renegotiate. Every stage of your child’s life comes with a new set of rules, expectations, and time constraints. The best advice of all might be sitting down with a calendar and finding where workouts can fit in these days and then scheduling them. Do you need to wake up earlier? Stay up later? Do short workouts during morning and afternoon naps?
Bottom line, prioritizing your self-care is extremely important for the health and well being of your entire family. Giving yourself the gift of daily activity provides a wellspring of energy, which helps you stay grounded and present for your kiddos.
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Remember these tips and get moving! Anytime Fitness in Lander is open 24/7, so make room in your schedule for a workout, day or night! They also offer a variety of workout classes!
Anytime Fitness, 943 Amoretti St., Lander, WY 82520