I remember what it was like to try finding time to exercise when my children where very young. It can be difficult to find the time or the energy to work out when looking after small children. Mothers are great at looking after their children’s needs, but often forget to look after their own needs.
This is precisely why every busy mom needs to take some time out to de-stress with exercise and to eat right. Do not neglect your health. You need to be strong for your child.
I will give you 5 tips that when applied will make your training more productive. We don’t have to accept changes in our body just because we had a baby. These tips will burn off fat. To optimise your results you must be consistent with fat burning exercises.
1. 10 MINUTE WORK OUT
You do not need to exercise for hours daily. Even 10 minutes of exercise can raise your metabolic rate and kick-start your body’s fat burning mechanism. It could be 30 push ups followed by 40 mountain climbers. Or 3 sets of 10 burpees. These are extremely quick workouts that have only one purpose. To elevate our heart rate and give our metabolic rate a quick boost.
Every time you get 10 or 15 minutes to spare, do them. Did you know that even 10 minutes of skipping can burn fat? Imagine if 3 times during the day you found pockets of time where you could fit in 10 minutes of exercise. You would have worked out 30 minutes.
2. TRAIN AT HOME
There is absolutely no need to go to a gym to lose body fat. Home equipment like treadmills or static bikes are fantastic but even that investment is unnecessary. Using a workout DVD can be really effective. We feel like we are part of a class and are motivated to push ourselves, but we have the convenience of working out in our own home at a time that suits our busy schedule. YouTube is laden with workout videos and body weight exercises.
Running up and down the stairs repeatedly is a fantastic cardio exercise.
3. EAT MORE
In my experience of coaching busy moms, quite often the problem is not over eating, but rather not eating the right foods at the right times. As busy moms we will ensure that our children are receiving a wholesome diet, we would never consider letting a child skip a meal, or handing them a cereal bar rather than sitting them down to a well-balanced meal, but that is often how we treat ourselves.
Be the best role model for your child by sitting with them and sharing a healthy wholesome meal. Children will copy what they see.
If we don’t give ourselves the correct nourishment, at the times of the day that we need it most, we will feel lethargic and lacking in energy, worst case scenario we will end up sick. We are no good to anyone if we are sick.
4. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Your body needs water to metabolise fat. Drink at least 5 large glasses of water every day.
5. ASK FOR HELP
A new-born child is life-changing. Very often parents dedicate all their spare time to their kids and forget to look after themselves. This is understandable. However, we are no good to anyone if we don’t first look after ourselves.
We don’t have to do it all ourselves. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength. It takes courage to accept that I have weaknesses and that I need help overcoming them. The strongest people are brave enough to show their vulnerability. Asking for help is a sign of courage, strength and self-preservation.
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