Ah, the age-old question! You want to see results, but you also don’t want to spend forever working out. It may not be as long as you think.
1. Use the Time You Have
Especially as a mom, your time is limited. Odds are, you don’t have 2-3 hours to leave the house and go to the gym. A lot of women may not be able to leave the house at all for a workout. You might only have 5-10 minutes at a time. Use it! Getting your body moving for a few minutes is better than not moving it at all. So steal back some of those moments that you can find during the day. Do some squats or lunges at the counter while making dinner. Stretch while you’re feeding the baby. Grab some free weights and do some arm exercises while watching tv in the evening. If you can carve out 15-20 minutes before the kids get up or after they go to bed – go for it!
2. Start with 10 Minutes
On the days that you do have time to exercise, but don’t feel like it, set a timer for 10 minutes. Often, once you get going, you will end up exercising for long, but, even if you don’t, 10 minutes is great! Again – it’s better than not doing anything at all.
3. Aim for 30 Minutes a Few Times a Week
Try to move at least a little bit each day, but at least a few times a week fit in 30 minute chunks of exercise. Being able to elevate that heart rate in a controlled way is very healthy for you and baby during pregnancy and really great for health and healing postpartum.
If you’re brand new to fitness, start out slowly. Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and ease into both intensity and amount of time. Follow people on social media that know how to properly modify exercise for pregnancy and postpartum – not every social media fitness star knows what they are doing – do your research!
Most of all, give yourself grace for every step of your journey, whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, fitness will look and feel different for awhile. That’s ok. It should. Do what you can, when you can. That’s enough!