Being a work at home mom has been more challenging than I ever thought it would be. I never imagined that it would be so hard to work 40 hours from home. After all, moms work 40 hours away from home all the time with no problem.
There are days that I think I would be better off if I worked full time in an office. I wouldn’t have a toddler to care for throughout the day, I wouldn’t get distracted by housework, and I would have to get out of bed at a certain time. All of this makes it hard to try to workout.
Thankfully there are a lot of ways you can get a workout in if you work from home.
- Make working out a priority. Block it out on your calendar if you have to, but make working out a priority. Start slow, only one or two days a week to start, and build up. Just make sure you make time to work out as often as you can.
- Get up earlier. Ok, this one is a given, and probably the hardest, at least for me. If I get up an hour and a half before my daughter does I can easily workout, get a shower, and maybe even get some work done.
- Stay up late. This is another given. This is the easiest for me, except I use the time after my daughter goes to bed to do anything but workout.
- Get active with your toddler. You can’t work all the time, so you can always get down on the floor and workout while playing with your baby or toddler.
- Go for a walk, a swim, or anything else outside the house. It’s hard being cooped up in the house all the time, for you and your toddler, so go outside. You can walk, swim, run, swing, and anything else you can think of. You can stay in your backyard or go to a park.
- Workout while doing housework. If you are dusting, you can use the things you pick up to dust under for weights. Do lunges while you are pushing the vacuum. Do squats while you are folding laundry. If you are moping use the water bucket as a weight. Anything you can think of to add a little resistance to your light housework will benefit you.
- Workout while cooking. Most cooking involves standing in one spot, so take advantage of that. You can walk or jog in place, do squats or lunges, use cans of vegetables for weights, and many other things. Get creative.
- Nap time. The coveted nap time can be the perfect chance to get in a quick workout. It is usually the best time to take a break from work for lunch and while you are at it squeeze in a quick workout. Work at home moms are less likely to take a lunch break, but you still need one. Scarfing down food in 5 minutes doesn’t count.
- Make the best of the short amount of time you have. You can try different workouts, but find one that fits into your schedule. I found that going to the gym often took more time because I had to load up in the car and drive there. The treadmill was great but I would get bored over time. YouTube is a great resource for workout videos. You can even just have a list of bodyweight only exercises and vary them every day.
- Have fun. The best way to find time to workout is to have fun with it. No one wants to workout if they are doing the same thing all the time or if they are not having fun. If you have fun with it you might even find that you want to workout (gasp). You don’t even have to follow a structured workout plan. Do you like to dance? FIne, put on your best dancing music and dance your heart out!
- Find some other moms to workout with. It doesn’t even have to be moms, but just find support. It is hard to workout on your own, especially when you are tired or you are not seeing any changes, but having a support group can push you through the tough times.
- Don’t beat yourself up. There will be days when you can’t workout. You are sick, your child is sick, you were up all night with said sick child, you just have too much other stuff to do, or any other reason. Don’t make these excuses habit, but once in awhile it is fine. You are only human and you can only do so much.
Often times the most difficult part of working out is making the time to workout. Once you start seeing the changes and feeling better, it will be easier to find time because you look forward to the way it makes you feel.
How do you find time to workout?