Before kids, you can try lots of different kinds of workouts, and spend time pursuing your favorites. But as a parent, you need exercise that's meaningful and effective--something that's really worth your limited time. Consider these options for the best mom fitness routines.
Mom Fitness That's Efficient
These workouts are ideal for parents because they burn a lot of calories and work a lot of muscle groups in a short amount of time. If you can only work out for 20 minutes a day, make it count!
- Running (get started with a Couch to 5K program)
- Boot camps/functional fitness (e.g. P90X, 30-Day Shred)
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
Mom Fitness That's Family-Friendly
Not every workout can be a solo affair. With these exercise routines, kids can join in or at least tag along.
Mom Fitness That's Relaxing
Here's another way to multitask: Make your mom fitness time your "me time" too. Try workouts that get you in the zone--the blissed-out, deep-breathing, Calgon-took-me-away zone.
Mom Fitness That You Can Do At Home
Whether you're trapped at home by weather, limited daylight, or a sleeping baby, you can still get in a workout that does your body good.
- Treadmill walking or running
- Workout DVDs, podcasts, exercise shows on cable or Netflix, or fitness apps
- Hand weights, balance ball, or resistance band workouts
Mom Fitness That's Inexpensive
It's not only your time that's constrained when you're a parent. Your budget takes a hit too. These workouts can be less costly than joining a gym or investing in equipment for your home.
- Walking or running
- Workout DVDs
- Hiking or snowshoeing
- Jumping rope