Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time to Exercise

Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time to Exercise, Contributed by Kate S.

Everyone has trouble sticking to their exercise routines, but it can be almost impossible for a mom.
Between looking after kids, taking them to school, going to the doctors, and any other
commitments, there’s almost no time left for a mom to get her sweat on. Here are some top tips
from fit moms to help you find time to exercise.

1. The Early Bird Gets the Workout
You need to work out as early as possible, before the day has a chance to get away from you. If
there’s too much to do during the day, then get your workout in before the day even begins. You can
wake up and start sweating before the kids are even up. You don’t need to worry about finding time
to exercise as a mom if you exercise before you have to be one!

2. Set Aside time
If you have an appointment set in your calendar then you’re going to make it. You can take this tactic
and apply it to exercising. Open up your planner and find some time you can exercise, and write it in
as if it was an appointment. This makes you want to keep it. Putting it in a family planner tells
everyone else in the family where you are and allows them to adjust around your schedule, rather
than you having to give up your things for them.

3. Know What You’re Doing
Don’t neglect to think about what you’ll actually do in the gym or during your exercise time. It’s not
that difficult to have the motivation you need to work out in the first place. The difficulty comes
from having the motivation to figure out your workout routine. Thinking about what you’ll do also
burns precious minutes of exercise time rather than precious calories. Go into exercise with an idea
of what you want to do.

4. Include the Kids
If you’re having trouble finding the “alone time” you need, then you should ask yourself if you even
need it. It’s not always possible to find time without your kids. So what’s the answer? Well, you
could always exercise with the kids. This shows your kids that you are a strong person and sets a
great example for them. Not to mention it gets them active and interested in keeping fit too.
Exercising with the kids is also a great way to bond. Include your kids in your exercise plans and see
the benefits for yourself.

5. Stealth Workouts are Key
If you don’t have time in your schedule then stealth workouts are one of the few choices you have.
Find time to exercise whenever and wherever you can, such as getting in a quick bit of strength
training when the kids are eating or jumping on the treadmill while they watch TV. There’s also nothing wrong with doing some strength training in the family room in the evening. They might even
join in!

Learn how to lose weight and stay active as a mom without the need to sacrifice time spent with the
kids. It’s not as impossible as you think it is!

 

Tips from Fit Moms on Finding Time to Exercise, Contributed by Kate S.

Jacob’s 1st Birthday: Viking Party

My baby is ONE?! But I just had him! I tell ya, that cliche “time flies” doesn’t change by the 3rd kid. In fact, time flies even faster. What a blur. In true Norwegian fashion, we went with a themed Viking party for the little man. It was a lot of fun to put together!

viking bday party

How cute is this cake?! Jacob’s little smash cake is sitting on top and looks just like a Viking helmet. I know, I know, REAL Vikings didn’t actually have horns on their helmets, but… it’s cute that way. I ordered birthday party invites, a banner, and toppers from this shop on Etsy.

viking party

I made the table look like a Viking ship. After googling images of examples, I drew the head and tail on big pieces of cardboard from a large box I saved and cut them out with an x-acto knife. I did simple round shields on the front. You could even paint them!

Now for the Viking Party Food!

viking party food

Just some good, hearty meat for a Viking warrior! These skewers were easy, just some turkey or roast beef with salami and cheese! These went fast! For the food signs, I just cut out blue construction paper and wrote on them myself. I did buy Viking themed washi tape to put along the bottom from this etsy shop.

dragon eggs viking food

What?! Dragons aren’t real?!?!!? But they’re fun for the kids and make for better Viking stories 😉 Plus, who doesn’t love some deviled eggs! YUM!

viking shields party food

I got these cute little snack containers from Party City. They’re filled with potato chips to make Viking Shields! We also served the traditional Norwegian food lefse.

viking party decor

I searched for Viking quotes and images, found a few to print, and framed them. I love the one above and another that was on the food table that says, “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a Viking. Then always be a Viking.” OF COURSE!

viking 1st birthday

We’ve taken monthly photos of Jacob in that blue Pottery Barn chair, just like we did for his older brother and sister. His “ONE” Viking themed shirt came from this Etsy shop. Now, CAKE TIME!

viking cake smash

We slid the top piece of the cake off for Jacob and the rest of the party was served the large bottom of the cake. I’d say Jacob had fun 😉 Very little of that cake actually went into his mouth, haha. It was a DELICIOUS dairy-free and gluten-free cake from My Sweets.

viking 1st birthday party

Happy Birthday, little Viking!

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