Have you found yourself feeling stressed over your workout routine, how you are going to fit it in, and/or the amount of time you have to exercise in order to actually see results? Have you thought, “How am I supposed to have enough energy to lift, do an hour of cardio, and be ‘Mom’ for the rest of the day, let alone fit it into my busy schedule?”
When I was cleared to workout after having my son, I thought the same! It was like I saw every other mama have the energy and time to succeed at a successful workout routine, except for me. This made me feel so discouraged, and half of the time, I end up talking myself out of even beginning a workout.
That was all said, to press that you are not alone in feeling that way, and actually, many moms who do seem like they have it all together feel the same as well!
So that’s it? Workouts just suck?
WRONG, MAMA! Your workouts do not have to be long, vigorous, or energy draining for you to see results, nor do they have to suck!
Coming from a background in CrossFit and as a dancer, I was aware that working out didn’t have to take an unreasonable amount of time (although, that is all I could find most mamas doing online, at the time). However, what I didn’t know how to do was un-complicate a workout so it was easy for my already-full mind to digest and made sense to my mom life.
Good news? After trial and error, now I do! Here are my top 5 tips to un-complicate your workout routine.
Workout Your Whole Body
When trying to have the least complicated workout routine for yourself, doing the general split (leg & glute day, arms & back day, etc.) may not be the best way to go, especially for an at-home workout. Furthermore, a workout that incorporates your whole body working at the same time is a much better option because it will shorten the amount of time needed to work out.
Usually, the perception of full body workouts is that the majority of them have to be cardiovascular-based.
This is not true!
Short, full body workouts can have a mixture of both strength training and cardiovascular training, together. A good way to do this is to use a manageable weight of dumbbells or a kettlebell in your workouts.
Do Exercises (Or Activities) That You Enjoy
Let’s face it, if you do not enjoy it, are you really going to make the effort to do it every day?
In order for a workout to appear less complicated to your mind, it needs to also appear enjoyable to you. With that said, if you absolutely HATE running, don’t do it, girl! (That goes for anything!)
I think I just heard a sigh of relief!
Instead, incorporate movements and ways of working out that you actually enjoy. This could range from anything; more strength training, incorporating exercises while chasing your toddler, dancing, etc! The important thing is, is that it is enjoyable and maintainable for you.
Fuel Your Body When It Needs It
The preparation and recovery of working out can carry the stigma of requiring a lot of steps and overall, seem complicated, (especially to us mamas who are probably holding a baby or toddler on our hip).
Mama, you do not have to follow any specific pre or post-workout routine in order to have a good workout.
Here are a few guidelines to make it simpler for yourself:
- If your body needs energy before working out eat. If it doesn’t, don’t eat.
- After your workout, fuel your body when YOU’RE ready.
- Supplements are not required. Some may work well for you and your routine and some may not, and that’s okay.
Do AMRAPS or Time Intervals
AMRAPS (as many rounds as possible in a certain amount of time) and time intervals (how many reps of movement you can complete in a certain amount of time) are both great ways to shorten and uncomplicate your workout routine.
They will also allow you to go at a pace that is both challenging for you and not overwhelming, as well as encourage you to listen to your body.
Schedule Workout Time (Without Stressing)
A great tool to use in order for us busy moms to make the effort to fit our workouts in is to schedule a specific time in our day for a workout. The thing with this is, us moms tend to stress out when life happens and our scheduled workout does not.
The key here is, that life will happen. Some days it will happen harder than others. It is up to us to set ourselves up for success by scheduling a workout time, while still being flexible in the fact that we may have to adjust our time or actual workout.
Additionally, some days a sick baby or toddler may strike and you may skip your workout altogether. Be okay with this and confident in yourself that you have healthy habits to follow back on and will be able to return to your routine when the storm passes.