May 28, 2012 08:00 ET

Tips for Moms: How to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2012) - Whether you're a new mom of an infant or have been to the delivery room a few times, you are busy. Doctor appointments, sports practices, late-night feedings, recitals, school, perhaps work-all of these things demand your time and energy. Who has time to exercise?

You can make time for exercise if you're motivated and realistic. You may just need to think outside the box with a few of these tips.

Commit Yourself

Whether it's a New Year's resolution or the beginning of the month, make a commitment to see an exercise regimen through. You're not going to get very far if you just sporadically start exercising whenever you feel like it. Have a plan and stick to it!

Get the right equipment

If you're starting with jogging the correct footwear is integral to your performance and safety, so make sure you have the right fitness & sports equipment before you get started. Make sure to have a look at the discounts and coupons on sports equipment to get the best deal on everything you need.

Set Goals

In order to make that commitment, you'll want to set realistic, motivating goals. Some people are motivated by losing weight, while others are motivated by checking a workout off a list. Realistic goals include losing a pound a week, exercising for 30 minutes a day five times a week, or doing regimented training for a race, fun run or similar fitness-centered event.

Give Yourself Rewards

You deserve to be rewarded if you meet your goals. You should stay away from food rewards, which can be counter-productive. Instead, treat yourself to something special such as a visit to a spa, shopping trip or a cheap holiday abroad.

Include the Kids

As a mom, your biggest challenge may be building a fitness routine around your kids' schedules. Instead, try building exercise into your kids' routines. Not only will this help you, but it will teach them the important habit of regular exercise. Go for walks or bike rides together. Do exercise videos together. Walk the dog as a family. Play games that will raise your heart rate such as tag or tossing a ball around. If your child is at a sports practice, walk or jog laps around the field or gym while you wait.

Use Variety

A lot of people give up exercise because they get bored and lose motivation. The way to combat boredom is to incorporate variety into your workouts. A natural way to do this is to coordinate your exercise with the weather. If the weather is pleasant, exercise outside-play sports, go for walks, or move around at the park. Fitness classes like aerobics, yoga and Pilates can also be fun and challenging.

Bring a Buddy

Working out with a friend or your partner is a great way to spend time together and stay motivated. You may even be able to find a group of moms who exercise together-with kids in tow. Talk to your friends and family and figure out some group exercise routines that work for you.

Use Small Sessions

Try breaking 30 minutes of exercise into three 10 minute sessions broken up during the day. If you're having difficulty finding space in your day, separating your workouts maybe the best way to make adjustments to your busy schedule.

With these tips you'll be well on your way to a fitter, healthier and happier you-without completely changing your schedule. You have the time to exercise; all you have to do is find what motivates you and build fitness into your routine.

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