Workout Help for Working Moms
8 exercise tips for mamas that work
An average day for Catherine Phillips starts at 7 AM. If she’s lucky, she can squeeze in a quick shower before getting her two boys (ages 16 months and three years) washed, brushed, fed, and ready for their day. Then she’s out the door.
At 8:30 AM, Phillips trades in her mom’s hat for her other hat: senior systems engineer for a Fortune 500 company. At the end of a long workday, she dashes out of the office and runs a few errands before picking the kids up at 5 PM. She brings the boys home, feeds them dinner, gives them their baths, and puts them to bed. Only after the laundry is done, the dishes are cleaned and put away, and the bills are paid can Phillips finally sink into her own bed, exhausted.
Phillips is far from the only woman juggling the combined responsibilities of work and family. Nearly two-thirds of women with children under age 18 were working in 2001, according to research compiled by the Women Employed Institute.
Busy moms like Phillips don’t have time for fitness—they make time. “You have to make it a priority or it tends to slip because you can definitely find other things to do,” Phillips says. “I try to exercise at lunch or put in a quick 30-minute workout after work before I pick up the kids.”
As obesity rates rise steadily, making time for fitness is crucial. More than 60 percent of American adults were overweight or obese in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that with little added effort, moms can stay fit and feel healthier in just a few minutes a day.
Here are eight easy tips to get you started.
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