Yeah, I know. It’s a crazy life with two kids who are two different ages, but who am I to say that workouts are easy to fit in…with multiples? I don’t know but what I do know are the many benefits that come along with the time we make to exercise.
We moms all know what our bodies go through during the stages of pre-pregnancy and post-natal:
- body aches
- breast changes
- sleep disturbances
- increased (or sometimes decreased) appetite
- hormonal imbalance
- skin changes
- and many more
This all trickles into the 6-12 months after we have given birth and for some, it can last even longer, especially when still nursing beyond this time frame.
When thinking of the higher demands placed on a mother of multiples, you still need to remember the many benefits of exercising:
- reduce weight
- reduce stress
- increase energy
- may increase cognition
- babies love motion and watching mommy
- older kids want to move along with you
So how can you be sure to find time to exercise on top of everything else?
- You must realize that like anything else you tackle, with kids in tow, it won’t be perfect.
- You must…MUST, MUST, MUST, be consistent. Mainly, this means putting it on your calendar, in your Droid, iPhone or Franklin Covey (yes, some people still use these). I cannot stress it enough that exercise needs to be a priority.
- Make it something you are going to like, even if it is dancing or simply running around with your children.
If placing it on a calendar is not going to be enough for you, I am offering a sample circuit for exercising with multiples.
This should take approximately 15 minutes fellow fit moms. I think you can find 15 minutes everyday, if not most days of the week, right? A good trick for keeping the kids occupied for a short burst of time is bringing out a new toy or letting them bang on plastic bowls. Or maybe there is a mom in your neighborhood who has children too. It is always great to buddy up for a workout and for the kids to play with some friends.
Strive to do this everyday, at approximately the same time everyday for a few weeks. Keep a log of some type so that you know where you are on your fitness journey. This will give you an idea of how successful you have become with being consistent.
How do you manage your day as a family with multiples? Do you find time to exercise?