6 Tips to Help Busy Moms Stay Fit

September 26th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and a great time to learn how you can keep yourself healthy. Being a mom is a full-time job that requires all of your time and attention, however, it is imperative that you learn how to stay fit so that you can be healthy for your children and ultimately teach them how to live a healthy life.

It can be hard juggling your many tasks as a mom, but staying fit should never be a task that is put on the backburner. Use the following tips to make staying fit easier to work into your busy lifestyle.

1. Walk It Out

While driving may be the quicker option in most situations, walking is the healthier option. If you’re running a quick errand try to walk or even bike there instead of driving. Not only can you feel great about getting exercise, but you are helping the environment at the same time as well.

2. Exercise with the Kids

Find ways to include your children your workouts. This is a great way to show your children that exercising is fun.

3. Sweep That Fat Away

Cleaning is something that you will always have to do and is often an excuse busy moms use to get out of exercising. However, you can turn your daily chores into a workout. Do your chores with more energy or turn on your favorite music and dance while you clean. Reenacting the Tom Cruise dance scene from Risky Business can actually help you be fit!

4. Canned Goods For Weight Lifting

No need to spend a ton of money buying weights, just use everyday household items. When you’re making cereal for your children do a few curls with that gallon of milk. A gallon is the perfect amount of weight to help tone your muscles.

5. Bring the Personal Trainer to You

You do not have to travel far to get the expert advice and push from a fitness instructor. Local libraries and video rental stores have tons of fitness videos that you can rent or buy for an extremely low cost, making it easy for you to work out in the comfort of your own home.

6. Get Fit in the Office

Workdays are full of opportunities to get active. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, stretching at your desk and go outdoors for lunch. Not only are you taking the proper steps to live a healthier lifestyle, but you are also giving yourself a much needed stress reliever while at work. Make those 8 hours count!

Lindsay Traiman

About Lindsay Traiman

Lindsay Traiman is a staff writer for NorthShore, an integrated health system with dedicated medical offices and hospitals in the Chicago area. The core mission of NorthShore University HealthSystem is to preserve and improve human life. Visit NorthShore today for personalized wellness services today. Facebook | Google+ | Twitter


  1. Exercising with the kid is the best way ..

    Helps you keep fit, helps you build a great bond with the kid…

    Awesome tips.. new follower .. way to go ..

  2. Love this article! I like the idea of lifting with canned goods. I’m going to give that one a try starting tonight. Thanks so much!

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  4. Maybe I’m trying to make excuses, but it’s really hard to juggle being a mom, a job, and a healthy lifestyle altogether. With that said I do like the advises on this article, but I do wonder how long I’ll keep it up until one day I have a real bad day and I start ignoring all the little things that could help me stay fit and healthy. Because that’s what happens when you’re a mom, you’re the one who takes care of everything good and bad inside and outside of the house and that takes a toll on your psyche. Oh god let me stop here lol.

  5. I feel a little guilty blaming my weight gain on my children all the time, it’s true to some degree but I also know that’s not the whole story. Raising two boys and keeping a fulltime job is not easy and often times you wish you had 48 hours in one day. But I see myself getting lazy at times and refusing to play with my children because I feel tired. The truth is running and playing with my children will not only be good for them, but I can lose weight while doing so. What I need is change of attitude and that’s how I can continue being a good mother and at the same time stay in shape.

  6. Love this article! I like the idea of lifting with canned goods. I’m going to give that one a try starting tonight. Thanks so much!

  7. I have seen classes lately at the local recreational center that lets you bring your small children and work out with them. You actually can use them as your weights and things like that. They are mainly yoga classes though so how much exercise are you really getting out of something like that? This was a great article and I look forward to your next one.

  8. A friend of mine teaches a mommy and toddler yoga class and a mommy and infant yoga class will be starting in the fall, so this is a great idea and it doesn’t take that much to make both of them feel better and that will help them relate to each other and not get on each others nerves. This is great thank you for the information.

  9. I think this is a great idea and getting the kids involved will help them get into the habit of exercising as it is. I should have done this with my kids when they were young because now they absolutely hate working out or exercise of any kind. I am in my forties and getting back into exercise so I am going to try and interest them in it.

    • Thanks Melissa! Good for you for getting back into exercising. Maybe you will be an inspiration for your kids. It’s never too late to start.

  10. These are great idea that I wish I had done when my son was young and would have liked working out with me but instead we sat around and did nothing. That would be why I am so large now and I am trying to get fit at this late of the stage. You have a great article and I will use these ideas even though I am doing them by myself.

  11. Wow, really? I did not know there was an official day for fitness. This is actually very good for bringing awareness for sedentary persons so that they might decide to become active and improve their health. Once they become aware that exercise is the key to healthy and longer life spans, they may decide to get out and partake in one of the events in their local area.

    • Thanks for your comment, Sharon. And absolutely – an official day for health and fitness hopefully encourages women to increase the amount of physical activity in their daily lives. Hope these tips were helpful and showed some simple ways to become more active!

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