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I am not (super) new to being mom, but I have only gotten into fitness over the last year. And working out with kids is not the same as working out solo. Especially when your kids are always home and getting alone time is not always an option. Anyone else on the hunt for good at home workout tips for moms?
Working out is great for your mental health as well as your physical health. I am a more calm person when I have spent time working out, even if it is just 15 minutes a day. And the same goes for my kids. Not to mention it helps burn off some of the toddler energy – which is an endless supply, but a good workout can give you a little time to relax while your kid recharges.
I work from home full time and we live in a new suburb so there aren’t many gyms or fitness studios around, so I have had to learn how to workout at home and get creative about finding a system that works for me. It has been really great and I have come to love it. It takes a little more discipline since I don’t have the accountability that comes with group classes but I am more proud of myself since I did it even though nobody was holding me to it.
And recently with my kids being home (all the time) recently, I have had to learn how work out at home with my kids. Honestly, I thought it was going to be a disaster. But it has been such a great opportunity to spend more time as a family and build some good habits.
So I am sharing my favorite tips for moms working out at home with their kids! Because Lord knows these children don’t always have the same ideas we do.
This post is created in collaboration with Adidas. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Get the Right Home Gym Equipment
To be honest, the only home gym equipment you need is some good work out clothes. You can get a great toning workout with just your own body weight and items you find around the house.
In my view, if you are going to spend money on workout gear, your shoes are the most important. If you have crummy workout shoes, you could be damaging your knees and leg muscles.
I love these Adidas Ultraboost 20s– they are fantastic all-around workout shoes. I am not a runner, but I have friends who run who love these. I do more HIIT Cardio and weight training and these Ultraboost 20 shoes have great cushion to help protect my knees and joints.
And they are cute enough to wear out while running errands!
Cute Workout Styles For Moms
If you are going to spend a little extra money getting a home guy set up – I would recommend starting with the following:
Basic Home Gym Equipment:
- Yoga Mat
- Free Weights
Level Up Home Gym Equipment:
- Kids Yoga Mat
- Floor Mats
- Resistance Bands
- Medicine Ball
Non-Essential Home Gym Equipment:
- Stationary Bike
While I don’t think the large home gym machines are essential for a good home workout, I do still enjoy working out on my Peloton. It is a great way to work out while my kids nap, but it is hard to use those machines when kids are around and just want to do everything you do.
Finding Time To Workout With Kids Around
Making time to workout when you have kids (mine are toddlers) can feel near impossible.
Many a successful person will tell you that they wake up early and workout before the kids get out of bed. But I am not one of those people. I am a morning person, but not THAT much of a morning person.
I do workout some in the evenings after the kids go to bed, but I have come to love getting to workout when my daughter is around because she seems to love to spend that time with me. And I love getting the opportunity to show her how to prioritize her health and that women have strength.
Recently, we got to spend A LOT of family time together, and I realized that going out for a walk or doing an online workout class was more than just trying to burn off toddler energy. It was a chance for me to teach my kids healthy habits. Which is truly a gift to be able to give them a chance to see healthy habits in action at such a young age.
The Best Time to Work Out
Honestly – the best time to work out is going to be different for every person and every family.
We live in Texas so during the summer months if we are not outside getting some fitness in, it is going to be an afternoon indoor workout day.
My daughter is much more active in the morning and her ability to focus is stronger then too – so I try to get her to do online classes with me during those earlier hours.
A lot of kids operate better in the morning hours, but some are more alert after the afternoon nap. Spend some time observing your kids behaviors throughout the day and that will help you get a better idea of when you might have the most success getting them to join you for a work out.
And as always, if you want to get in a kid-free work out in, nap time is your best bet – but you can do a quick 15-minute work out while they have snack time!
It does help if you have a consistent time. Routine is helpful for all of us, so when you find a time of day that works well for you and your family, try and stick with it.
After a week, it will start to become an expected part of the day that right before nap time, everyone gets out for a walk, or that just after breakfast there is family yoga. Kids pick up on those things quickly and they will help keep you accountable to work out!
Home Workout Ideas for Moms and Kids
Going for walks – If your kids aren’t outdoorsy (mine aren’t) then you can make a nature scavenger hunt list to help give your kids something to make the walk a little more adventurous. I ask my daughter to look for different types of leaves while we are out on a walk and we bring them back home to trace them for a stress-free activity.
Bike Rides – Towing two kids in the back of a bike trailer is quite a workout. This is one of my preferred workouts because your kids are strapped in a seat and can’t roam around like they can on a walk. And you are getting the added benefit of the drag the bike trailer creates. Let me tell you – that is like pulling a parachute. I got major strength points when my husband took the kids for a ride and pulled them for the first time.
Sports – Playing sports together is a great way to work out and have fun as a family. My kids aren’t quite old enough to really get into team sports but they love to play basketball in the driveway. And we live on a golf course so we go out there and putt around in the evenings and walk some of the course together.
Soccer, tennis, and running are other great sports you can get young kids into. If you add some incentives for them to try and win (like cookies and candy) then they can get really into it!
Work out videos – We are doing a lot of online workouts right now. One reason is due to the state of our country. The other reason is that we live in a suburb that doesn’t have a ton of studios, so finding an in-person barre or yoga class is not really an option.
I have come to love doing online workout videos because I can do them on my own schedule (after kids go to bed) or I can do them with my kids and we can pause the class if things get crazy.
My daughter loves to do core workouts with me and it is fun to get to share that time with her.
The benefit to the recent quarantine season is that a lot of studios have created digital classes that you can take from home. There is a dance studio that I loved going to before we moved to the suburbs that now has a digital membership program so I can take their classes from my house. Check your favorite studio to see what they are offering now for home fitness classes.
Cosmic Kids Yoga – This is a YouTube channel that creates 30 minute workouts for kids. It is fantastic stuff. I honestly can’t believe it is free. My daughter loves it and I enjoy doing these little mommy and me workouts with her!
Kidz Bop Dance Parties – I happened on to this on accident, but the Kidz Bop brand also puts out Dance tutorial videos on YouTube that are really fun exercises for kids. My 3 year old is a little young to stay focused on those for very long but I am sure slightly older kids would be really into it.
We have enjoyed just putting on the Kidz Bop music videos and having a little dance party just before nap time. It has been a good way to wear out the kids so I can get things done while they take a long nap.
Floor Workouts – My kids aren’t old enough for free weight classes, but like I said earlier, we love doing floor workouts. Lots of ab work and sit-ups. My daughter is way stronger than me in this area and I am always impressed how long she will stick with me while we move through exercise rotations.
If you need ideas, challenge each of your kids to contests. See who can do the most pushups, sit-ups or jumping jacks. A little friendly competition is a good way to keep them focused on the exercises!
Hiking – If you live in an area where there are hiking trails available, take advantage of those! You can have your kids try to find different paths and landmarks. And it is really nice to get outside in the fresh air when you have been stuck inside for a while!
Finding a home workout for mom and kids takes a little bit of trial and error. So don’t throw in the towel after a bumpy start. Consistency is really helpful as it will help both you and your kids establish fitness as a part of your routine.
Remember that your home workouts can be completely free and you don’t NEED any equipment, but having clothes that make you feel ready to workout helps!
Be sure to check out these Ultraboost 20 shoes from Adidas! Truly my favorite sneakers to work out in!
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