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Stay At Home Mums: How To Fit In Exercise Around Your Children

Author : Megan Koufos

As a stay at home it can be difficult finding the time for exercise around your children. With a little bit of creativity and making it one of your priorities you will find time for it.

With children around sometimes our days don't always turn out how we had envisaged.The key is to be flexible.

Exercise is an investment in yourself which will help you be the best mum that you can. You, the kids and your significant other will see and feel the benefits throughout the household.

You are also being a healthy and positive role model for your children.

Please always remember to consult you doctor before starting an exercise regime. And take things easy to start with, especially if you haven't exercised in a while.

So on that note here are my top ideas for exercising around your children:


Work out DVDs are a great option because they can be done at any time of the day, especially during nap and sleep times. You can change your workout depending on how you feel, and you can usually hire them from your local video club or public library. Once you find one that you like, buy it. There are thousands of workout DVDs for every type of exercise you can think of including pilates, yoga, cardio, step aerobics, and taebo. Whatever type of exercise you like there is a DVD for you. And if you don't know what you like yet start with something relaxing yet uplifting like yoga or pilates. Its amazing how refreshed and invigorated you will feel afterwards.


Why not suggest this to your mothers group. If you don't have a mothers group then start up your own or join one in your area. You local hospital or community health center should be able to provide you with some guidance for finding a group in your area. Arrange a day and time for you all to meet somewhere nice for a morning walk. Then if there are cafes near by you could have a coffee and chat. Which is a great way to combine exercise and socialization not only for you but your children as well.


Make a real game of it. If they are just learning to kick the ball hold their hand and run up to the ball getting them to kick it. Kids love being outside and the fresh air can do wonders for everyone. If you have a bub outdoor infant swings are greats. Every time you push do a squat or lunge. You could also combine this with some gardening. Get a little spade and fork for your toddler and get them to help you in the garden. Why not plant a vegetable or herb garden. If you have a bub spread a blanket on the grass with lots of stimulating and amusing toys for her/him to play with while you garden and then enjoy a play and cuddle on the rug together.

Don't focus on trying to get a large block of activity done if you can't. Focus on doing smaller chucks of activity spread throughout the day. Remember to start slowly and only do as much as you can and don't over do it. The main thing is to find something that will fit with your lifestyle and daily routine.

Always remember to take care of yourself and reward yourself every now and then with a nice hot soak in the tub or a pedicure. You and your body are doing an amazing job from having nurtured and developed your little person and helping them to grow into happy and healthy people.

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And now that you have ideas for helping you fit in exercise around your children you can learn more about being an empowered, healthy and motivated stay at home mum by visiting the following link. You can claim your FREE Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Guide to boosting your overall well being from Megan Koufos, a full time stay at home mum and online entrepreneur.

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