10 Moms Share How They Squeeze Working Out Into the Rest of Their Lives

10 Moms Share How They Squeeze Working Out Into the Rest of Their Lives

Busy moms reveal how they fit a workout routine into their already jam-packed schedules.


By: Maressa Brown

No matter if you work or stay at home (or work from home!), parenthood often throws a wrench in even the best-laid fitness plans a mom can dream up. Still, knowing all of the amazing benefits of regular workouts – from getting your heart rate up to building muscle, increasing your energy and promoting longevity – it’s no wonder we want to try to squeeze them in, and will often go to great lengths to do so. Here, 10 moms explain how they work fitness into their hectic schedules.

1. “I have a 2-year-old son. I wake up at 4:10 a.m. to work out for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the workout I'm doing (I usually do P90X ).”

2. “I drop my daughter off at school and go straight to the gym. Like anything important, you have to just do it. I find time to grocery shop, because I need to. I find time to vacuum, because I need to. I need to workout, so I find time.”

3. “The kids go with me! If I go walking or running, they ride their scooters or bikes.”

4. “I freestyle my chores! I turn up the music, and maximize the intensity of my movements and add in movements. Like when I am mopping, I get a really good sweat going by going in a half squat with each stroke of the mop. I also do it fast. Sometimes I will add weight, by strapping my 5-month-old on while I sweep and vacuum, too. I try to take the stairs when I can and walk laps while my kids play at the playground.”

5. “I sign up for 5Ks and similar charity races, so it’s much harder to come up with an excuse. I have to find time to train because I feel like I’m ‘on the hook.’”

6. “I play in an adult volleyball league. We play on a set night every week, so it’s easy to set up child care – with my babysitter or mom, and I’m also motivated to go because it’s an opportunity to be social!”

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7. “When my baby was super-little and couldn't use gym daycare and my husband was out of town, I subscribed to fitness channels. I also have joggers and workout videos that incorporate babies as weight.”

8. “Depends on how early I start work that day. If I'm scheduled at 8:00 a.m., I race home, queue up my workout DVD, get dinner together, and in the oven, then, work out while it cooks. If I'm scheduled at 8:30 or 9:00 a.m., forget it. It isn't happening. There simply isn't time.”

9. “It's not easy, especially as a mom who breastfeeds. But I leave my baby with her dad once a week to get to yoga. It's for my sanity, health, and fitness!”

10. “When my kids were little, I would pack them up for daycare wherever I was working out and make it a priority. I used to try and get in a Pilates class 2-3 times per week. As my brood multiplied and got older, I took walks, daily – with them or without, minimum of 2 miles per day, plus lawn mowing and gardening. I would use every opportunity I had to get some exercise in. It is crucial to healthy aging and living!”

What lengths have you gone to in order to squeeze your workout in?


Maressa Brown is a senior staff writer for
The Stir. She loves writing about and reading up on health/fitness, relationships, and pop culture – preferably on a beach somewhere.

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