Here’s a shout out to all the stay-at-home mommas out there, we see you!
We see you taking care of those sweet babies of yours all day and night. We see you working hard for your family as a caregiver, driver, chef, entertainer, teacher, and so much more. We see you dreaming of “mom-me” time to get in a good uninterrupted workout, try a new fitness class with a friend, sit in the sauna by yourself or meal plan and prep in peace.
The job of a stay-at-home mom never ends, we know. Yet it’s oh-so important for you to make time for “mom-me” time for no other reason than to stay healthy strong and happy for yourself, most importantly, and for your family.
There’s a reason why flight attendants tell passengers that in case of an emergency to first use the oxygen mask for yourself before helping others – because if you’re not healthy and taken care of, you won’t be well suited to take care of anyone else.
With all things SAHM going on in your day-to-day life, it can be quite the challenge to have quality “mom-me” time at the gym. Here are a few creative ways to get in a good workout any time while on duty as a stay-at-home mom:
Utilize Cal Fit’s quality and interactive childcare.
Get a great workout in knowing your child(ren) are having fun and being well cared for in the same Cal Fit location as you. Our childcare areas are not only organized by age groups, but each offers age-appropriate toys and play structures with separate indoor and outdoor play areas. Your kids will get plenty of attention from our certified childcare provider staff members who love to engage them in circle time activities, story time, and more.
Take advantage of nap or school time.
Regardless of how long your child(ren) sleeps during nap time or is away at school during the day, you can still get in a quality workout to break a sweat, stretch the body or build some muscle. The biggest factor of success here: planning. Plan a workout ahead of time – a DVD, a circuit from a previous personal training session, some moves from the Pilates class you took last week. It doesn’t matter what you do and for how long, just get moving!
Incorporate your kids into the routine.
Well, looks like they’re not going anywhere! That’s OK, too. Instead ask the kiddos to be a part of the action with you for a whole family activity session. Go for a walk around the neighborhood or to the park. If you have young children in strollers, knock out some lunges as you cruise through the sidewalk pathways. Have a baby? Use that 15-lb. adorable weight to add extra oomph to your squats or arm curls. Have older children? Have them time you as you hold a plank for as long as you can.
Regardless of what your workout looks like or how you do it or when you do it, just remember to make yourself a priority and take care of yourself. You deserve to be healthy, strong and happy for yourself … and for your family, stay-at-home mom!