The Busy Mom’s Home Workout Guide
By Kim Holmes, Personal Trainer and Founder of My Fit Coach
Before I had kids, I thought I was sooooooo busy! I had a full time job, a hubby and a busy social calendar….But I ALWAYS managed to find time to fit in my workouts.
As a Personal Trainer with a full time schedule, I trained for marathons, strength trained 3-4 times a week AND taught 5-10 fitness classes a week (can you say overtraining much?!) I also trained a lot of Moms with little ones and sincerely didn’t understand why they couldn’t do this too. I thought they didn’t want it bad enough. Then I had kids and I quickly understood where they were coming from.
My time became insanely valuable after my kids were born. A shower was a luxury. Eating a meal in silence…don’t even get me started. A workout? Who’s got time for that?? I certainly didn’t have time to do the type of workout I was used to. But since exercise is important to me, I knew I had to figure out a way to workout that was efficient and didn’t take up all my free time (or what little there was of it.)
So, I created my own “nap time” workout program that consisted of 4-5 workouts a week. The workouts had to be short. Most days they were only 25-30 min. If the stars had aligned and my kids were still sleeping I might squeeze in a 45 min sweat session but those days were few and far between.
As a busy Mom, Home workouts could be the answer for you too. Here are the reasons I love them:
• You save a ton of time (and stress) driving to and from the gym
• No packing up your kids and all their gear AND yours!
• Save money on a gym membership
• The ability to workout in a comfortable setting. No one is watching you and you can walk right over to your shower when you’re done
• You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started
What Equipment Do I Need?
You can get started with nothing more than your own body weight, however a little bit of equipment will give you some workout variety. Here are the best pieces of equipment to purchase
1) Dumbbells- 5-25lbs (depends on strength. Start with lighter sets and work your way up)
2) Resistance Bands (with handles- one heavy and light is optimal)
3) Stability Ball
4) Yoga mat
5) Body weight (Free!)
What Workouts can I do at Home?
1) Body weight movements (squats, pushups, etc.)
2) Strength training (resistance bands, dumbbells, body weight.)
3) Cardio machines (if applicable)
Check out this awesome 10 minute Fat Blasting Workout video to get you started:
If you want more ideas on how to get fit at home, check out my 5 Days to Fit Jumpstart Program.
I created this program specifically for busy Moms who want to kick start their fitness and health from the comfort of their own home. Download your FREE copy here and receive a 5 day Home Workout Plan complete with full length videos (all 30 minutes or less) and a 5 day meal plan to fuel your body and promote fat loss.
Becoming a Mom doesn’t mean that we have to stop caring for ourselves. Taking care of our body through movement and yummy “real food” nourishment will make it so much easier for you to show up for all the many roles you play in your life. Don’t forget to take care of you first!
Kim Holmes is a Personal Trainer and the Owner of My Fit Coach. She helps busy Moms transform their bodies (and minds) through Online Fitness and Nutrition Programs. As a Mom of two young sons, she understands that you don’t have hours to spend at the gym. Her Online Programs are efficient, fun and most importantly, they make fitness fit into your REAL life.