7 Ways to “Exercise” at Home

Being a stay-at-home mom with a toddler in the middle of winter makes it very difficult to exercise. Motivation is at an all-time low. Equipment and resources are limited. Time is hardly to be found. Attention is never fully given to exercise (especially if you have a toddler climbing on you playing or needing your attention).

I know that spring is in the air now, and winter is behind us. But, there are still some days that I don’t want to go out–if the air pollution is bad, it’s raining or windy, or I’m just not feeling well. But, there are still very easy ways to “exercise” in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise! [ctt title=”But, there are still very easy ways to ‘exercise’ in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise!” tweet=”There are very easy ways to ‘exercise’ in the house as a stay-at-home mom without having to actually exercise! @themorrelltale” coverup=”b70o5″]

Being a SAHM of a toddler in inclement and cold weather can be hard when you want to exercise and work out. But, no fear! There are easy ways to "workout" at home without any equipment and doing what you would normally be doing during the day anyway!

Stand while folding laundry | Doing laundry, I would typically sit on my bed while watching Netflix. But, I was always slumped down, so it wasn’t helping my back. And, I was stationary. So, I made the decision to stand up while folding laundry. I only do laundry one day a week, so it’s quite a bit of folding and putting away. I’ve also noticed that my fitbit steps increase when I stand up to do laundry.

Have a cleaning marathon | I typically do all my scrubbing and cleaning on Friday mornings. It takes about 2-3 hours to clean everything in the house. But, I’m definitely in a sweat and wanting a shower when I’m done! Scrubbing really does burn calories! Elbow grease for the win!

Put the computer on a counter | Obviously as a blogger and a virtual assistant, I spend a lot of time on my laptop. That means a lot of sitting! Yikes! If I put my computer on a counter, I have to stand to use it. Standing actually burns a lot of calories. I didn’t gain weight at all being a teacher (because of all the standing), but since quitting, I’ve been sitting down a lot more and have gained a bit of weight.

Have a dance party | Holy guacamole! Do you even realize how much energy 20 month olds have? Rhys loves dancing to music, especially music in his shows and movies. So, sometimes, I’ll dance with him. It’s an easy way to be silly, let loose, bond with my son, and get up and moving. Justin and I have even put in Just Dance on the Wii and played that with Rhys.

Play follow the leader with toddlers | Just like the above suggestion, this one requires a whole heck of a lot of moving. Rhys has recently found it very hilarious when we copy him. So, I’ll copy him running from place to place, swinging arms around, laying on the floor and getting back up, and all sorts of movement. I can really only do it for less than 10 minutes because he’s so active![ctt title=”Being the mom of a toddler allows you to get a LOT of exercise inside the house!” tweet=”Being the mom of a toddler allows you to get a LOT of exercise inside the house! #healthylifestyle #sahm @themorrelltale” coverup=”0086E”]

Find and use an exercise app | I’ve recently found Sworkit via Shark Tank. It’s a wonderful app that gives timed and video workout of either yoga, cardio, strength, or stretching. I’ve used it a few times when the weather has been inclement. It doesn’t require any equipment, and  you can make it anywhere from 5-60 minutes long. But, what I love more about it, it gives daily reminders to get moving and workout.

Play TV workout gamesWe’ve all heard of them…they’re the same as the shot-drinking TV games, but for workouts. I’ve actually made a few for some of my favorite sitcoms and games shows.

How do you “exercise” at home?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • This is great! I work from home and have noticed I’ve been getting puffy from just sitting around. I definitely should have more dance parties!

  • First of all…yeeessss to the dance marathon!!! I love having dance parties by myself or with my friends! After about 20 minutes I’m sweating!

    I will definitely check out Sworkit! Great post!

  • These are great ideas! I’m always looking for ways to be more fit without having to exercise for 1,500 hours a day 😉

  • I love these suggestions! Sometimes I’ll fold laundry standing up, but usually I plop down. I should definitely implement some of these things on my non-gym days! (And in the future when I have kids and gym days are hard to come by!)

  • I love cleaning marathons! 🙂 I find them so relaxing for some reason haha

  • These are great ideas! I love to “dance workout” too!

  • Cleaning can definitely burn a lot of calories–and I consider hanging up my laundry to dry a major workout, since I have to balance the hanger on the stick and lift it high above my head in order to hang it all on the ceiling racks–I love it, it’s fun and I feel strong even though all I’m lifting is a wooden stick carrying a hanger with a wet towel–it still feels heavy when my arms are extended, so I know I need the workout!

  • Love this! I put my computer on the counter when I am studying during finals and don’t want to fall asleep haha!! 🙂

  • I read this this morning and have had it in my mind since…it helped keep me motivated. I did a bit of laundry while standing. I need to be more conscious of the times that I sit when I could be standing. I think the change from standing so much while teaching is a small part of the reason I’ve had a difficult time losing the weight I gained with JaiseAnn.

  • Yes! Dance parties! We have those all the time. My kids have no idea that they are dancing to some of my favorite 90s songs!

  • I love cleaning marathons!! I do it twice a week. I also rotate between working at my desk and working at my kitchen (where I can stand) it’s great.

    • Cleaning marathons are such a stress reliever! That’s a good idea to switch where you work every now and then!

  • I actually use a standing desk at work all day and I loooove it!

    • It would be so nice to have! I’d give anything to have a desk treadmill but they are WAAAAAAAAAAAY too expensive!!!!

  • These are some great tips! I need to try the standing while working on my computer one!!!!! <3

    • It really helps a lot!

  • Love this post. I work from home and love finding new ways to get more exercise in.

    • It’s easier than you think to do it, too!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    The fitness apps are the bomb. I love bodytrocktv and Tabata. SO great. There are also some stairs workouts for inside the home.

    • I’ll have to check those two apps out!

  • Excellent post, its all about incorporating workouts as part of ones daily routine and you have provided some great tips here. I love cleaning marathons and working on a computer standing too. Never heard of that app before, going to give it a try!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Exactly! You don’t need to really change to be more healthy. I mean, sure, it’s not a “workout” but it’s better than being a couch potato all day long!

  • These are some great ideas! I love how you found ways to make it fun!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

    • Thanks so much Molly! However, some are more fun than others…like having a Disney Junior Dance Party with my toddler vs doing laundry–blech!