How To Fit In Fitness When You're A Working Mum

By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top 

Phew. You’ve survived six weeks of fighting the kids off screens, off Maccas and off the couch.  

So now it’s time to tackle that perennial New Year’s Resolution that fails: your fitness. It’s time to think about how the hell you’re going to make your health a priority this year.

Because even if you’re a full-time working mum, not only is it possible for you to exercise every day, it can even be fun.  

The secret to getting and staying fit when you’re a working mum is frequency, rather than intensity. So forget about all that HIIT, spinning and burn, baby, burn. What you need is a fitness habit that’s fun with friends.

And you need to get it done before the kids wake up.

I’ve been a working mum of three for 15 years, and coached thousands of women on how to balance work, fitness and motherhood. It’s not easy, and you won’t always get it right, but it is possible, and it is worth it.

Here’s how to make it happen. 

  1. Find a friend who also needs a bit of motivation, have a coffee and make a training plan. If you don’t have any friends who are interested, join a group IRL (that’s In Real Life, for those over the age of 24) or on Facebook and connect with someone there.
  2. Sign up to some sort of physical challenge together, preferably for charity, that takes away the guilt you may feel for taking seven hours out of your week to exercise. This might be an endurance hike, a fun run, or an adventure which you need to train for.
  3. Put up a habit chart on the fridge and record every day you get 10,000 steps and five minutes puffing. This will help keep you on track.
  4. Set your alarm for 5.30am every day, have your activewear ready at the bottom of your bed and get out the front door before you have time to think. Make a plan to meet your buddy so there’s no backing out at the last minute.
  5. Walk somewhere green and hilly for 30 minutes, making sure you puff for at least five minutes. If this seems too easy, put some weight in your backpack so you get your bum and thighs working more.
  6. Be back home in time for breaky with the kids feeling fabulous.
  7. Diarise one night a week where you get the kids fed and bathed, get a head torch and a buddy, and go walking outside for two hours seeking out hills and nature.
  8. Diarise one Sunday morning a fortnight where your partner takes the kids and you go wild with the girls. Make it a three-hour hike, where you commit to a distance or a number of hills, then grab brunch afterwards. It’ll become the highlight of your week! On the alternative Sunday morning, you can take the kids while your partner has some ‘me time’.

If you’re feeling a bit blah about the WHY of exercise, remember this: hiking helps your heart, buffs your butt, tones wobbly bits, increases suppleness, builds balance, reduces brooding and maximises memory. It helps with stress, mood, energy and vitality. And it’s bloody great fun.

When you do it with friends, you don’t even notice yourself puffing and panting – you’re so immersed in great conversation and the magic of nature. That makes it a complete mind, body spirit workout like no other. 

Inside you there is a Wild Woman. Find her.

Do you want to be inspired and empowered to lead an adventurous life you love? Do you want to find the Wild Woman inside you and unleash her? You've come to the right place. Sign up for our newsletter to recieve great content like this weekly to your inbox, and join a global community of women leading adventurous lives they love. Join us. 

 

Want to be inspired? Sign up to our newsletter.

Share this page

Latest news

73333410_10156820635558176_1907419208359084032_n.jpg
When the immediate emergency has passed and our beautiful homeland has stopped burning, we need to take some time to grieve, re-set ourselves and then begin to renew our goals, with a productive and positive mindset overlaid with the new filter of a climate changed world. Here are some ways to turn your guilt and sadness into positive action.
icecream.jpg
If you love to enjoy the sticky, delicious sweetness of a big, ole bowl of ice cream, we feel you. Us too. We wanted to try a more nourishing version that satisfies our sweet tooth and gives us our daily dose of fruit, and this recipe is a winner!
Koala.jpg
Celebrating when such a huge environmental crisis is unfolding in Australia just hasn’t felt right. The pain of knowing how many homes, animals and forests have been destroyed has been intense. Seeing so many people in our communities struggling with the force of these fires has been deeply stressful and exhausting. Now it's time for us to pause and recognise the grief and pain which has marked the beginning of 2020.
BoostWellbeingHERO
In times like this, it's important to make sure we're giving ourselves the care we need to remain hopeful, productive and strong. Here are ten simple ways you can immediately improve your wellbeing today.
desk_yoga.jpg
Stretching and gentle movement is a great way to support a healthy, happy spine – even while you’re sitting – so we asked our in-house yoga teacher/marketing specialist Donna for her favourite desk stretches to relieve shoulder, neck and back stiffness.