July 15, 2013

Busy Moms and Exercise

I know, this is another one of those posts that seems a little odd for a children’s formalwear shop to have, right? Well, here’s the deal. While it’s the little ones that we “dress,” it’s the parents who are raising these little ones, so we like to do what we can to help mom and dad out. Our blog is one way to do this – and we don’t just have to provide great tips regarding formalwear, because that’s not the only area parents need advice in.

Today’s blog post is coming from personal experience. For the past seven months, I have been working out on a regular basis. (This was right after my second son was born.) Well, recently I’ve found it pretty hard to keep the routine. I have a five year old and it is spring now. What does this mean? It means that my schedule is getting busier. I’ve got soccer practice, t-ball practice, soccer games, t-ball games, swimming lessons, and several other things going on now. And that is with just one school age child. I can only imagine what parents with two or more school age children go through (my time is coming, though)!
So, something has to give and unfortunately, it’s the working out. I understand why I’m not making my daily gym workouts like I used to, but that doesn’t mean I like it. So, I’ve found a few things that I can do with my busy schedule that will keep me fit this spring/summer until I can get back up to the gym on a steady basis.
  1. Squats - I HATE squats, but they definitely help keep my legs and rear looking good…so I do them. If you have a pinterest account, you can look up “April Squat Challenge/Workout” or something similar and find some great squat workouts to do at home. The great thing is that squats don’t take long to do – and you don’t have to do them all at once, you can do 20 here and 20 there. As long as you are consistent and do them daily, you are going to get results!
  2. Zumba - When I feel like I need to get in a little cardio, I just pop in my Zumba DVD and do a 30-45 minute workout. Obviously, I don’t have much time during the day, so I usually do this after the kids are in bed. It’s a great way to finish out the day and a great sleep aid. Plus, doing cardio at least 3 times a week, helps keep your body in shape and your heart in good health.
  3. Practice - One of the things I try to make a priority is spending quality time with my kids. Since my oldest is in soccer and t-ball, I can get the quality time in while I burn calories by practicing with him. Whether I’m fielding balls he hits off the tee or working on soccer moves with him, I’m burning calories. Plus, I’m having fun with my son. It’s a win-win. If your kiddos are in spring/summer sports, get out and practice with them!
  4. Ab Workouts - Another type of workout that anyone can easily do from home is an ab workout. Ab workouts are great for keeping your core looking good. And, when done on a regular basis, they definitely keep the inches off your waistline. There are several workout routines I do – all of them can be done in 15 minutes. Since they don’t take long to do, they are easy to fit in at the end of the day before I shower. The place I go to get good ab workout routines is Pinterest. However, if you Google “Ab Workouts” you’ll find them that way too.

Ways to Spend Quality Time With Your Children

One of the most important things you can do as a parent is make time for your children. This used to go without saying, but with all of the technology out there today, more and more families are letting go of their family time together. In years past, the only thing that really stood in the way of parents spending time with their children was work and possibly an overload of school activities. However, now you've got television, video games, the computer, cell phones and a host of other distractions threatening quality time with your children... that's in addition to work and school activities.

Below are some fun ways that you can spend quality time with your children. You may not have a lot of time available every day, but you do need to make a little time each day to spend with them so that they continue to feel loved and valued by you. Believe it or not when your children feel love and accepted by you (quality time together achieves this) they are more self-confident and more likely to come to you for help when they face serious problems.

1. Build Things Together - If you have a little boy (or even a little girl) who loves to build with blocks, Lego's, Lincoln Logs, etc. then go build something with him. It doesn't matter what it is you're building together, it's the fact that you're doing it together that matters most.

2. Play Dress Up -For those of you with little girls, playing dress up is one of the most fun and exciting things to do during the day. While you may not be thrilled about playing dress up, you're little one will love playing with you. In fact, you might not even have to get dressed up yourself - just helping your daughter get in one of her old Kids Formal Dresses, curling her hair and polishing her nails may be all it takes to make the time special for her! If you need to purchase inexpensive little girls dresses, you can buy them online at KidsFormal.com or PumpkinFormal.com.

3. Go Fishing - Boys and girls of all ages enjoy fishing, making this an activity that the entire family can do together. If you have older children, you may need to make them leave their cell phones at home - and you should also turn yours off to ensure you aren't bothered by anyone during this time with your kids. Spending a day at the lake/river/pond fishing has a way of relaxing everyone, making it possible to start a conversation.

4. Cook Together -It doesn't matter if you have a girl or a boy
, learning to cook is something everyone needs to learn how to do at some point in time. So, why not make it a weekly practice to cook (and eat) a family meal together? Cooking can be a lot of fun when it is done as a group and it's a great way to spend quality time with your kids each week!

Hi, my name is Andrea K. Clark. I am a mother, professional writer, blogger and aspiring journalist. I often write about parenting, weddings and Special Occasions.
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