Despite our best intentions, most of us mums struggle to fit exercise into our jam-packed schedules. It may sound like a cliché, but often we’re just too busy tending to other peoples’ needs to take care of our own. However, squeezing in a run, yoga practice or sporting activity could make all the difference to your energy levels and help reduce stress. So, whether you’re a new mum or the head of a large household, here are five activities for you to try today.
Getting up before the kids to go spinning will be tricky at first, but you’ll soon crave the energy it gives you for the rest of the day. Spin classes cater to everyone, from beginners to advanced cyclists. So, wherever you fit on that spectrum, you’re going to get a full body workout and have some fun in a relatively short timeframe. The idea of sweating it out in a gym might not appeal to you at first, but you’d be surprised how fun it can be pedalling to music. Plus, you’ll leave feeling euphoric and ready to take on the world! Who doesn’t need that in their day as a busy mum? Visit hulahub.com to find classes in your area.
Aside from the many physical benefits, daily yoga practice can help you learn to relax, unwind and process your emotions more calmly. Yoga also teaches patience (something we could all use a little more of) as well as resilience, self-care and body confidence. You can even find “mother and baby” and “mother and toddler” classes that you can take your little ones to and meet other mums. If you’d rather practice at home, there are a wealth of yoga instructors on YouTube so there’s no excuse not to jump into the world of deep breathing and stretching!
Walking is something we all do a little of each day, whether it’s taking the buggy out for a stroll, heading to the shops or doing the school run. If you want to fit some cardio into your schedule, try fast walking at a speed where you’re just out of breath for three 10-minute stretches each day. However, mindful walking should not be underestimated as a fitness activity, if you’re looking to boost your mental health, you can listen to a mindfulness walking exercise and go a little slower.
Pilates improves posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieving stress and tension, so it’s the perfect all-rounder for busy mums. Pilates is a popular fitness activity, so you’re bound to find a class near you. Again, there are plenty of online resources for those who prefer to practice at home.
Running is a great way for mums to fit in their daily cardio and get in some green exercise. If you’re looking for a low-cost activity that gets you out of the house and doesn’t require a gym membership, running for fitness is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at home with the kids.