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What are some things a working mom can do to stay in shape?

Apr 9, 2013

Pam Carthew
FT East Greenwich

"Getting up 30 minutes earlier while everyone is asleep gives you peace and quiet to get in some exercise. If this isn't possible try splitting the time into three 10-minute sessions over the day.

"You could use your lunch break to take a walk outside providing the weather is in your favor.  Use the time your children are at sports practice to walk or jog.  Use the weekends for family exercise: a long walk, a bike ride or even a canoe paddle.

"Doing push-ups, lunges, squats, crunches and planks (no equipment required) are all very effective exercises which can be done in your own living room while the children are watching their favorite TV show.  Or your could also rent or buy an exercise DVD and get Dad or Grandma to watch the children for you once a week."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan

"If time is crucial then 15 minutes of high intensity interval training will be beneficial. If the mom has no access to weights or a gym then this can be done with body weight exercises such as squats, pushups, situps, and any type of cardiovascular exercise such as burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks or jumping rope.  Also, it is imperative that she plans her week of meals to stay on track and within a certain caloric intake."

Maria Pasquale
FT Medford

"Working moms can address their own fitness by staying active with their kids. Push the stroller around the block a few times, walk with the kids to the park and play games like hopscotch and tag. They can also look into a family PACK session to get the whole family exercising together!"

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn

"Understandably, time is usually the main constraint for moms.  With that said, doing your workouts first thing in the morning will not only reduce the chances of skipping them, but will also energize you to face the day ahead.

"Also, your workouts don’t need to be long.  If you only have 30 minutes, that’s plenty of time to give you great results as long as you exercise consistently and at a high intensity.  Seek advice from a certified personal trainer if you need guidance on how to develop a well-rounded routine and to determine the right intensity for you."

Photo: By Peter van der Sluijs (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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