Work-at-home moms have a long list of daily tasks to attend to, most notably caring for their children and getting their work done on time. These two activities, in and of themselves, comprise a pretty major balancing act. But once you throw in everything else that must be done, from running errands and cleaning the house to setting appointments and staying in touch with family and friends, it’s easy to see why so many moms who work at home have got more on their plate than they can handle. So it’s no surprise that busy working moms simply can’t find the time to squeeze in regular trips to the gym. However, there are ways that even overworked moms can get the fitness they need without having to set aside a ton of time for the purpose. Here are just a few easy and effective tips that will get you on the road to health and fitness.

  1. Jog the dog…or the kids. You’re no doubt keen to get your kids outdoors on a daily basis, so rather than taking a break to watch them run around, why not do double duty by getting in some fitness yourself? Grab the leash and the stroller, get everyone strapped in, and then jog your way down to the nearest park so that the kids and the dog can work out some energy and you can sneak in some exercise. Helpful hint: do it right before nap time to get everyone tuckered out. Then you can grab a shower or get some work done.
  2. Swap out your office chair for an exercise ball. If you want to work on muscle tone even as you tap away at your keyboard, simply replace your office chair with a large Pilates ball. You’ll be forced to sit up straight to keep your balance, which will engage both core and leg muscles, helping you to tone even though you won’t feel like you’re working out at all. Want to make it a little tougher? Raise one leg at a time and hold it out in front of you for extra toning (just don’t lose your balance).
  3. Ride your bike. If you’ve got a slew of kids at home you may have no choice but to strap them in the car and take them to the store with you. But if you’ve only got one or two, put them in the bike trailer and cycle yourself to the grocery store or pharmacy instead of taking the car. Try heading out every couple of days to get those few items you always seem to need mid-week. It’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone, running your errands and fitting in some exercise, as well. Plus, the fresh air is good for both you and the kids.
  4. Watch what you eat. Exercise is only part of an overall fitness routine, and since you’re responsible for the food that comes into the house, it’s in your best interest to limit yourself to lean meats, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Even more important, however, is paying attention to how much you eat and how often you go back for more. Awareness will help you to stop overeating, keep off the extra pounds, and make the most of the time you do have for exercise.
  5. Snacking guidelines. If you’re drinking meal shakes or munching power bars between meals because you think they’re healthy, you should probably know that these items are meant not as snack foods, but to replace a meal (and some are loaded with sugar). Instead, limit your snacks to a serving of fruit or veggies, perhaps paired with yogurt, cheese, or nuts, so that you can get a quick boost of energy along with sustained fullness that will carry you through until your next meal.

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