I LOVE today’s post!
I searched high and low for a list of how to exercise at home when my baby was born. I knew the ins and outs of how to workout before baby came, but I wasn’t prepared for figuring out how to exercise at home with an infant! My workout schedule changed completely and I was desperate to find effective and fun workouts I could do in very short bursts.
Well, I couldn’t find that elusive list, so I created one! Now, I’m passing it on to you :).
Whether you have a newborn, grown children, or no children, you know that life is just plain busy. We occasionally find a full hour block of time to workout, but usually we are trying to squeeze in exercises between activities, meetings and pick-ups.
Since my daughter was born two years ago, I’ve found my best workout times tend to be during her naps. The problem is, you never really know how much nap time you are going to get! I feel like I’m racing against the clock to get the biggest bang for my buck.
This list of the 10 Best Workouts for Busy Moms are meant to work your muscles and give you a great workout in 20 minutes or less. You can do one at a time when you have a short opening in your schedule, or you can do a few until you hear the baby monitor telling you your time is up. I tend to get my workout started as soon as my daughter falls asleep, so I can usually get in a full 30 minutes before having to get to my other nap time duties. There are other days I literally have 5 minutes between emails, laundry and getting dinner ready. There are a few workouts listed for those times as well!
For most of these workouts, you don’t need anything more than a space on your carpet or your exercise mat. There are two exercise routines that require small hand weights if you want to try those out.
Remember, exercise not only keeps us physically healthy, it improves our mental health as well! Endorphins are released which make us feel better, and it also helps us destress and increases our confidence. When you find time to workout as a mom, you are actually enabling yourself to give more to your family in the long run.
Here you go!
How To Exercise At Home – 10 Best Workouts for Busy Moms!
Pilates for Beginners Part 1 – Great for those just starting out with Pilates.
Cardio Pilates Mat Workout Part 1 – More advanced and an awesome challenge! Do Part 2 after for an extra challenge.
Barre Workout for Inner Thighs – I love barre workouts! This one focuses on those pesky inner thighs.
Exercises for Low Back Pain – It’s common to have low back pain after giving birth and carrying our babies around. This is a great routine to strengthen and reduce pain.
High Intensity Interval Training Workout – This one will leave you sweaty and exhausted in the best possible way! If you want to torch calories fast, check this out.
Exercises for Cramps, Pelvic Pain or Endometriosis – If you are suffering from any pelvic pain or tightness, this is a really important workout to incorporate during your week.
Lift Those Buns Leg Workout – Just what it says :).
Overall Body Toning with Weights – This is a great standing routine using light hand weights that will tone and strengthen all major muscle groups.
Pelvic Floor Exercises – Perfect workout for any stage after giving birth.
Diastasis Recti Exercises – A great routine that is safe for separated abdominals.
I hope you love these workouts as much as I do! Give them a try and then let me know what you think in the comments below, or shoot me an email! Here’s to a great workout, and a long nap time :).
* Remember to always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. It’s generally recommended you wait 7-8 weeks after having a baby before you start working out.