I guess I’m qualified to write on this topic since my wife and I have 3 kids 7 and under.
I’d like to start off by saying that while parents of little ones have unique challenges, those who don’t have children certainly don’t have it easy. It frustrates me when people say things like, “People who don’t have kids have it so easy. They can work out any time they like.” That’s not always true as everyone has a full schedule with things that are important to them.
With all that said, here are 7 thoughts on staying in shape with young kids or even infants.
- Make time – It might mean saying no to other things that you would like to do. For a season, you’ll really have to prioritize your values.
- Modify workouts – Parents of little ones are often tired. I know we are. Not every workout will be world class and that’s OK.
- Simple body weight routines – It might bit be easy to always get to the gym. Simple body weight exercises like squats, push ups, and planks can be done from home and go a long way!
- Set goals – Even if your goals aren’t as ambitious as you’d like, set a goal so you’re working towards something.
- Mini-workouts – As a parent of young kids, you might not have an hour of uninterrupted exercise time. Consider breaking down your workout to 2 or 3 10 minute segments throughout the day.
- Nutrition – While your workouts may not be world class for a period of time, make sure that you don’t neglect your nutrition. You’ll need to eat plenty of lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and healthy fat to not only fuel your workouts but to be the best you can for your little one (s).
- Keep things in perspective – Give yourself some grace if you can’t do as many workouts as you’d like. Yes, try your best and set high standards but don’t beat yourself up if/when you’re not perfect.
Having young kids can be exhausting but we know that it’s more than worth it. Follow these tips so you’ll not only look and feel your best but you’ll be setting a great example for your family.