Establishing a Workout Routine When You Have Kids 

by | May 7, 2024 | Health

You want to start a workout routine, but you also want to make sure you have enough time to spend with your kids and attend to their needs. You feel guilty for taking that hour to go to a workout class because you know you could be at home with family. Or maybe you’re driving kiddos to and from activities and aren’t sure where to find the time. It’s hard when it feels like you must choose one or the other … but what if we told you that you don’t have to pick one or the other? 

It’s possible to prioritize both working out and time with your children. And no, this doesn’t have to lead to complete burnout. Here’s our advice on how you can start a sustainable fitness routine with kids! 

Add Exercise to Your Daily Activities 

Who says you need a big fancy gym membership to get a good sweat in? The fun part about working out is that you can be creative and tailor it to your daily life! If you need to pick up a couple things at the grocery store, try walking there instead of driving. Cleaning up toys around the house? Commit to doing five squats every time you bend down to pick something up. If you usually scroll on your phone while the kids are napping, try a quick 20-minute workout instead (this workout requires no equipment and is sure to get your heart rate up!). 

These may seem like insignificant activities, but in the grand scheme of your health, incorporating small exercises into your routine really adds up. So why not take the stairs tomorrow instead of the elevator? Maybe go for a lunch break walk … the results will come over time! 

Plan Out Your Day 

If you’re serious about starting a fitness routine, it helps to schedule your workout into your day the same way you plan your appointments and meetings. You can always create your own workouts, but you might consider joining a gym that offers class-based workouts. That way, you’ll be able to see how long each class will last beforehand to ensure you have the time.  

For reference, most workout classes last about an hour, like Orangetheory® or CrossFit™. Most offer a free trial for new members, so take a week and research the classes where you live! Odds are, you’ll be able to get a week’s worth of free classes by trying several studios and learn what you like (or don’t)! 

Wake Up Earlier 

Ah yes, the dreaded 5 a.m. alarm. We all know the internal struggle of whether you should get up and head to the gym or stay put in your warm and cozy bed. However, if you find yourself with absolutely no time in the day, mornings are a great time to get your fitness fix in! 

Mornings are the most popular time of day for Americans to workout … and with good reason. Deciding to get up and do something healthy is a great way to ensure you continue to make healthy decisions throughout the day. If you need some tips on getting yourself up and motivated at 5 a.m. (or even earlier if your schedule demands it), read this article for some ideas. 

Your Productive Week Starts Now! 

Making time for self-improvement is extremely important, especially if you spend most of your time taking care of others. Working out will not only help you improve your physical health, but your mental health, too!  

Starting a new routine is easier said than done. Head to our blog “How to Build Mental Toughness” for ideas and tips that will help!