7 Time Saving Hacks for Busy, Fit Moms

7 Time Saving

  1. Do supersets.  Work back and forth between exercises.  For example, do push-ups and then go into some squats alternating between each three times.  You can get a ton of work done in a short amount of time this way.
  2. Keep rest time low between sets.  Instead of sitting and resting for a 2-3 minutes between sets, keep rest periods to 15-30 seconds.  This increases fat burning and decreases workout time significantly.
  3. Skip cardio.  Yep.  I give you permission. And you shouldn’t even feel guilty.  Combine tips 1 and 2 above and you won’t even need it!
  4. Do a set to (almost) failure.  No time for three or four sets? Bang out one massive, burning set until you can’t do any more.  One nasty set of lunges, followed by one big set of sit-ups will get your abs and legs begging for mercy after just five minutes total.
  5. Workout at home.  Confession: I have a free gym membership that I have never used.  Never.  Not once.  Sad, right?  Actually, I don’t think so.Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.10.19 PM  I have been working out home for  a long time and it works really well for me.  And it works really well for most of the moms I work with.  There may come a time that I workout in a gym from time to time, but right now, removing the need to drive to the gym and get childcare saves a ton of time (and money!)  Rolling out of bed and banging out a quick workout before the day starts, or squeezing one in during 30 minutes in the evening hours is way, way more efficient.   A pair of dumbbells is enough to start a home gym, but even if you don’t have any equipment, you can still get in a great workout at home in that little time.  (Need ideas to get you going?  Shoot me an email, and I can give you some ideas: soccermomwithmuscles@gmail.com.)
  6. Put it in your calendar.  Ical, Google calendar, whatever you use to schedule your life. Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 6.56.57 AM Put your workout in it.  Block out time for yourself to workout.  You do it for hair appointments, doctor’s appointments, and lunch meetings, right?  Do it for your workouts. Treat yourself like a client or a project.  Schedule it and follow through. Would you skip a client meeting?  No.  Don’t skip your time with yourself. You deserve it!
  7. Do what you can when you can.  Sometimes it’s just not in the cards to get a full workout in.  Things happen.  The baby (or babies!) don’t sleep, you have a proposal due at work, your alarm doesn’t go off, and you have to carpool to T Ball and dance class in the evening.  There is no time.  It happens.  What about 100 crunches during lunch time?  Or some dips and squats at the park during your play date?  Can you put the baby in a carrier and walk him around the block after dinner?  Whatever your packed schedule allows, squeeze in just 10 or 15 minutes of movement. Something is always better than nothing.

Those are just a few of the ways that I have found to squeeze in a workout or pump out some reps on days that I can’t seem to fit one more thing.  What works wel for you?

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