Finding the time in your busy day for exercise can be tough at the best of times. Finding the time for it whilst at home with kids is even more of a challenge. So it’s then no surprise that fitting exercise into your schedule whilst working as a nanny can be downright difficult.
A sheer lack of hours in the day can feel like the odds are stacked against you, especially if you’re working long hours. Scheduling your alarm for 4.30am so that you can get up and go for a run and be back and showered and off to work for a 7am start is just not realistic. Neither is trying to get to a gym class in the evening when you’ve got off work at 7pm. Because if you’re like me, you’re desperately craving some alone time, some quiet time, and some bedtime!
And yet we all know it’s important to exercise.
| We know we need to be fit and healthy and be seen as a role model for our children.
More than that, we need to be fit and healthy for ourselves; so that we can be peppy, and positive. So that we can be the happy-go-lucky people whom enjoy spending our days deep in glitter and Frozen costumes.
Right now I have a hectic schedule in the nanny life. I’m booked on for 5 days a week with 4 kids, one of which is a full on toddler with ants-in-her-pants all the time. There are days when I barely have time to stop and think let alone take my coffee out of the microwave after it’s been reheated twice. But I know that if I don’t squeeze exercise into my day, I can quickly lose control of things. Because when you can get away with wearing sweat pants and loose, kid friendly clothes at work, you can often get away with hiding a few extra-unwanted kilos too.
So here’s 8 ways to squeeze exercise into your day, even when you’ve got a house full of kids and a to-do list to stick to.
8 ways to squeeze exercise into your day
Get your Buda on | pull out the soft mats in the playroom and do some yoga with the kids. They’ll enjoy it as much as you do!
Jump high | join the kids on the trampoline for a quick but intense cardio session
Embrace your Beckham | instead of watching from the side-lines, join the backyard soccer game
Walk the dog | by taking the dog out for a half an hour walk each day you can get some fresh air and sunshine, keep active and teach the kids about caring for their pets
Hit up the local park | if you find yourself usually stuck inside, schedule time into your day to get to the park. Grab a Frisbee or play a giant game of hide and seek with the kids
Invest in a running pam | running prams are expensive. But they pay off big time! Most prams can hold children up to the age of 8years, so there’s no excuse not to clip them up and head out for a solid run.
Dive into the pool | swimming is a great activity and an essential life skill for Australian kids. Be sure to remember your 1-piece and get swimming!
Boot Camp | if you’ve got littlies, book into a small closely run exercise class that has an onsite crèche. That way you can get in some exercise whilst the little one benefits from some much-needed socialisation and interaction.
How do you fit exercise into your day? Do you exercise with kids?
This post is linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT