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5 fitness tips for busy mums and dads

5 fitness tips for busy mums and dads

Got kids? Got free time? Yeah, right. You’ve barely got time to shower.

If you’re a busy mum or dad trying to stay fit how exactly are you meant to find time to workout?

It’s challenging, but possible. The key? Hussle.

Hussle so that you can enjoy your awesome kids, shuttle them back and forth to clubs and classes, yet have time to achieve your own goals too. Here’s how:

ORGANISE THE MORNING RUSH

Chaotic mornings can exhaust you before you’ve even begun. Remove the stress by planning precisely and prepping ahead the night before. This frees up time for some bodyweight exercises or a couple of speedy compound moves.

  • Set the breakfast table. Do it the night before if you really want to be ahead of the curve.
  • Lay out the kids' clothes. 
  • Find shoes and coats, water bottles and purses, gym bags and briefcases.
  • Get everyone to help make packed lunches.
  • Avoid social media on your phone (at least until everything else is done!)

1.SCHEDULE FREE TIME

Being spontaneous is great – but busy parents don’t often have that luxury. If you need time to yourself it needs to go on the calendar between the football matches and birthday parties.

Tell everyone your schedule. If everyone knows you’re not available between 6.30 and 7pm because you’re going for a run they won’t question it. They may even remind you to go!

2.BATCH MINOR TASKS

Certain tasks – like reading the news, checking email and “just popping out” for more milk – often sap our time.  Tackle them in batches to limit time-wasting and you’ll boost your efficiency and free up fitness time.  Here’s some ways to do it:

  • Do all your errands together in one go. Plan your route. Be efficient. Then add a 15-minute run onto the end.
  • Keep a shopping list on your phone so you don’t keep running back to the shops. Plus, less time shopping means less food temptations!
  • Set a timer before you start scrolling online through the news, social media feeds and looking for that perfect post-workout meal.  It’s easy to get sucked in so be time strict!  

3. FIT EXERCISE INTO SMALL CHUNKS

Your 150 minutes of weekly exercise can be broken down into small, yet mighty, units.

Three minutes of squats here, ten press ups there, a quick swim in your lunchbreak, or some cheeky glute raises whilst watching NetFlix. Your workout minutes magically creep up! Add on some NEAT – using the stairs instead of the lift, cycling instead of driving – and you’re almost there.

4.EXERCISE AS A FAMILY

There are loads of ways to get fit as a family. Go on a bike ride, take long weekend hikes, do some home workouts together, take up a sport (karate, badminton etc). You not only get fit – you get quality family time.

Teach your kids how to Hussle too. Show them they can play a game of football in the park, then dash back for an hour of Xbox time. Happy kids, happy (and fit) mums and dads!

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the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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