Busy Mom’s Fitness!

orking out has always been a big part of my life.

I fully enjoy it, and that’s the truth!

When my husband and I first got married, we spent the first two – three years being able  to go to the gym several times a week. With no children at the time, that was so easy to do.

That seems like such a luxury now.

For many years now, of either being pregnant, nursing,  homeschooling or serving, there hasn’t been much time (or money) for the gym!

Sound familiar?

Not being able to go to a gym though, didn’t really bother me at first. We live in Hamilton, which has beautiful escarpment stairs around the city, and I just decided to use them as a ‘free gym’ instead.  But now that it’s winter, and I have four young ones by my side constantly, I needed to improvise.

Here are some things I do around my home that keeps me fit, and costs nothing! :

  • During school break time, I work out with my kids!  There are some neat 10-15 minute videos on youtube with parents and kids guiding you through a good workout. The kids love it, it’s fun, and it keeps me moving.
  • While vacuuming,  lift the canister in ways to work your biceps and triceps.
  • While your making lunch or dinner, use the edge of your counter to do ‘standing push ups’.  Do 3 sets of 15 in between cooking, stirring and plating.
  • Have contests with your kids. Who can do the most jumping jacks, sit ups or squats.
  • Have your children time you on your phone to see how many “burpees” you can do, or how long you can do some ‘planks’. Having the kids involved, and using a device, for some reason gets them excited.
  • If you have stairs in your home, use them for your benefit!  Either go up and down them 30 – 40 times, or use the bottom 2 steps fora stepping workout.
  • Use your coffee table to work your triceps doing dips.
  • If it’s nice outside, take the little one for a long walk/jog in the stroller.
  • And of course, there are the good old home workout videos (Jillian Michaels is one of my favourites).

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All of these ideas are great things you can do right in your own home, to keep fit and stay mentally and physically feeling great!.  With all workouts though, make sure that you are using proper form and being careful.

Be creative – being a busy mom doesn’t have to take away from staying fit!

Have fun!

One Treasured moment

Call me odd, but I have never got excited to go on vacation! …. especially with the children.

Packing up four young children, packing food, suitcases, long traveling, car sickness, and nursing the baby on the road, um…. not fun!.  And then …. unloading, unpacking, laundry, and then getting everything back on schedule. Just  A LOT of work.

This was my thinking until last week.

This year, we were blessed by friends with a week away at a cottage!  I was excited, but hesitant.

It started off the way I have usually thought of it.  A little chaos, a little stress, but once we were on the road, I felt good. I can do this!

Is anyone with me on this?

That evening, at this sweet little cottage, we all decided to drop everything, watch the sunset and play on the beach.  It was the most perfect night. Beautiful sunset, right temperature and a cool breeze.  As we looked around, there was not one single other person on that beach, it was like we were the only people in the world. A calm serene came over me.

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My husband and I set up beach chairs in the sand, and simply sat hand in hand as we watch our children’s silhouette’s play by the water. The children were simply happy to shovel sand into a bucket, and then dump it.

I looked at my husband, thanked God for my family, and embraced this time.

All the hard work of packing up a young family of four kids was ALL worth it in that moment.  We knew this was a memory we would remember forever.

The rest of the week was just as satisfying ….. bon fires, walks, games, and a slow pace.  I now realize the importance of a family vacation! Even if it takes a bit of work to get us to that point.

Don’t let a year go by without planning a family get away! And of course another time for you and your spouse to have your own special one on one time!  (this happens for us in November!  YAY)

Here’s just a few reasons this time is Important:

  • It Creates lasting memories
  •  You experience new things together
  • It connects you as a family
  • Provides needed unwind time and rest
  • It gives you the opportunity to teach your kids about saving (for the trip that is)

So take a trip! Go somewhere. Enjoy those treasured moments!