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!
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!
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 games | We’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?