Moms, we know most of you don’t have the option of going to the gym five days a week.  Between work, keeping the house and family in order, and juggling the kids’ full schedules, exercise is often the last thing on your agenda.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do something.  In fact, making time for yourself and your health is important. You need to find that point where you can increase your activity levels and keep your responsibilities. Here are some tips to help you develop a routine you can stick to.

-Fill the gaps You may not think you have time but I bet if you really look at your day-to-day schedule, you will be surprised where you can find free gaps of time.  If you’re doing laundry, go for a walk while the clothes are in the wash.  If you take your kids to soccer practice, walk around the field a few times while they practice.

-Set a goal In addition to looking for those quick gaps, you need to set some predetermined time for yourself every week.  Make a note in your weekly schedule to get in at least 20 minutes of exercise 2 times a week – every week.  Make it consistent and choose a time of the day you know you will most likely always be free for 20 minutes.

-Recruit a Support team

Once you’re ready to get started, recruit friends and family members to provide encouragement.  Have your spouse or a friend text you with exercise reminders.  Have a family member commit to watching the kids every week during your “healthy” time.  Encourage other moms in your neighborhood to join you for group walks.  You can even organize group stroller walks two days a week, after dinner.

Taking care of yourself and your health will make life’s challenges easier.  Remember, you deserve it.

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