Who has the time to exercise after putting in a full day of work,
managing your childrens extracurricular activities, homework,
bath and other daily routines, walking the dog, cooking a [healthy?]
dinner for the family and so on ad nauseam? Well, you do – make
Yes, I KNOW youre busy, stressed out and already spread way
too thin time-wise. However, exercise is essential for your health
and should be considered a mandatory part of your weekly if not
daily routine. Sadly, personal fitness is usually the first thing
busy moms sacrifice when they are over burdened and under pressure.
Ironically, it is exercise that will actually help you deal more
effectively with the physical and psychological demands of a hectic
Even a few 10-minute sessions a day can lead to increased stamina
as well as a long list of benefits to the mind, body and spirit.
Here are some ways exercise can stimulate the energy level of
you harried Modern Moms out there:
Let go of the guilt and schedule your exercise time Simply
put, dont ignore your personal needs. Exercise is one of the
best ways to not only enhance your energy but preserve your sanity.
If you dont take care of yourself, you wont have energy or patience
for anyone else.
Exercise first thing in the morning to jump start your day
– Your chances of sticking to your program increase significantly
if you exercise in the morning compared to later in the day when
excuses and fatigue take over. Your metabolism will be elevated
for more than 7 hours following a one hour morning workout, so
you will have more stamina to take you through the day.
Add activity to your work day – To renew your vigor in the
day to day grind, find a better way to commute to work, like walking,
biking, parking a mile from the office or getting off a train
stop early. Youll still be high on natural endorphins while everyone
else is working on their second cup of coffee. Eliminating some
of the modern conveniences can burn up to an additional 800 calories
Make wholesome and nutritious food choices – You are more likely
to eat healthier meals if you exercise. The last thing you will
want to do is eat a heavy meal after getting the blood pumping
through your veins. Ultimately, eating more nutritious food along
with regular exercise will lead to weight loss, which will decrease
the demands on your body and increase your energy and self -esteem
Drink Plenty of water Keep hydrated before, during and after
exercise. Your body is made up primarily of water, and while water
does not have calories to provide energy, it contributes to weight
loss and assists your digestive system. Drinking ample amounts
of water will keep the toxins flowing right out of your body.
Find creative ways to integrate family time with exercise –
Your entire family will be healthier and more energized as a result
of physical activity. Dont be a bystander at the playground.
Get up and join in the activities by pushing a jogging stroller,
hitting the hiking trails, running the bases, biking around the
neighborhood, climbing the jungle gym or swimming in the lake.
As an added perk, your kids will think youre cool.
Get your zzzs – Regular exercise will lead to more quality
sleep and require you to sleep less. If you exercise early in
the day, you will be naturally tired by bedtime and will have
no problem falling into a deep slumber.
Try Yoga Raise your energy levels and ability to concentrate
with the deep breathing techniques used in yoga. Yoga builds balance,
coordination, strength, and it is energizing and wonderfully de-stressing
as well. Perfect for decompressing after an ultra hectic day!
Exercise will help to fortify you against colds and flu People
who participate in a regular exercise program are less likely
to come down with a cold or be debilitated by one. Exercisers
report less symptoms and quicker recoveries from colds.