Exercise is just as good for mothers as for everyone else. Believe me, I know, I’m a mother. But it can be hard to fit into a busy lifestyle, and frankly, many of the exercises that men do simply don’t appeal to me.
Using a treadmill works quite well for me, and I like the Gazelle pretty well too. They give a nice aerobic workout. The Gazelle in particular is nice to have at home, as you can keep in a corner of a room, and watch television, while most treadmills are really too big for most homes.
If not watching television, I do enjoy music while exercising. I have small children, so dancing with them is another way to have a little fun while getting in some aerobic exercise.
My daughter, at four years of age, makes a great little exercise nag. She’ll come running up to me regularly, telling me it’s time to exercise. She’ll copy what I do and try to come up with her own ideas. Oh, to have her flexibility!
If you have a young enough child, he or she can make a great weight. Find safe ways to lift your child (you don’t want to hurt either of you), and you have a weight to lift that increases through the months. Eventually you’ll have to get regular free weights, but exercising with baby is loads of fun until then.
Heading out to the swimming pool is another great idea to combine exercise and family. Just try swimming on your back with a child on your stomach! It’s amazing how much harder you have to work, even with a very small child.
One of the best things about being a mom is that once you decide to get fit, you can find all kinds of excuses to use playing with your children as exercise. You’ll love it, they’ll love it. Just keep the exercise equipment out of their reach.