Or so you think. You can get a full-body workout while you're watching the kids, on the field, in the park, wherever you happen to be.
On The Early Show Saturday, fitness expert Sarah Robichaud demonstrated full-body workouts busy moms can do on-the-run, so to speak - as the kids get their exercise. You can easily work these workouts into your lifestyle. They involve using a park bench, water bottles, a baseball bat, and a soccer ball.
Robichaud says, as a mother of one, she has "a full understanding of the crazy schedules our children keep. Between play dates, birthday parties, school functions and sport lessons, there hardly seems a moment for Mom to be able to hit the gym."
Our kids require us to have energy to keep up with them, she says, and exercise is actually a natural energy enhancer, she continues. Physical activity helps boost your brain power and self-esteem, not to mention the added payoff of a good body! We need to fit in mini-workouts that fall seamlessly into our hectic schedules, so there are no more excuses. You can eliminate your barriers to looking and feeling great.
Exercise is cumulative, Robichaud notes. Ten-minute sessions throughout the day really add up. The key to developing a strong, fit body is to be consistent. It's not an all-or-nothing approach. Get your body moving whenever you can - at the park, at the game, or at home, waiting for the pasta to boil.
You may feel a little funny starting to exercise on your own at the soccer field so - recruit, recruit, recruit! Ask other moms if they would like to take part in a weekly workout group while the kids are playing. There are some exercises you can do while keeping an eye on your little ones at the park; you won't need any special equipment; a couple of water bottles and a park bench should be enough!