How To Find Time To Exercise As A Busy Mum

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How To Find Time To Exercise As A Busy Mum

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Finding time to drink a hot coffee can be hard enough as a mum. Let alone trying to squeeze in some time to exercise.

Between looking after the kids, keeping the house clean, driving from one kid’s activity to the next it can be almost impossible to carve out a little bit of time to build up a sweat.

We recently chatted to Britt from Active Edge Fitness. After losing 20kgs herself and keeping it off, she became a personal trainer and has made it her mission to help other women achieve their goals.

She shared with us her top 8 tips on how to find the time to exercise as a busy mum.

Make it a routine and schedule in the time

Like you would a doctor appointment or your kids swimming class, set a time each week for exercise. By putting it into your planner it feels more like an appointment you need to keep. If you create a level of routine, over time it will become second nature.

If you are doing it at home around your kids they will come to expect mum working out first thing in the morning or during your little one’s nap time.

Lay out your clothes the night before

When you wake up and see your gym clothes right there it becomes easier to pop them on. Even if your workout is not planned until later in the day, you are less inclined to find a reason to skip it if your workout clothes are already on.

Find small chunks of time

You do not need to exercise only in one-hour blocks. Even a couple of minutes here and there can be beneficial. Try and include it in things you are already doing around the house.

While unpacking the dishwasher do some squats and calf raises. Or when hanging out the washing walk from each end of the clothesline each time you hang something up to get your step count up.

Take advantage of stroller time

Pop your baby in the stroller and head out for a walk. If your baby is a little older than you can have them in a jogging stroller to get the heart rate up a bit further.

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Incorporate the stroller into your exercise routine

Choose HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training is great when you are short on time. As it has been proven that with this type of exercise you can burn more calories in a shorter period.

Exercise in your home

The more time it takes you to get to your place of exercise, the less likely you are to go there. Why waste your precious time on travelling? Find a place at home where you can exercise or your closest local park.

Britt from Active Edge Fitness operates a mobile personal training service and comes to you. This is a convenient option to consider when you have young kids and are short on time. You won’t be surrounded by 50 other people in a gym – so there is no pressure and no judgment.

Include your kids

You can burn lots of calories throughout the day by spending time with your kids. Chase each other around the backyard, go for a walk to the park or dance around in the lounge room to Frozen. This has the added benefit of your kids valuing a fitter lifestyle.

Active Edge Fitness is also more than happy to have your kids around during a session. Who knows they might even do a few sit-ups too. If you prefer to exercise when the kids are in school Britt is available during school hours.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Motherhood is tough. The first few years are hard, really hard. So sometimes you will have days where you just don’t manage to eat healthy or workout.

Don’t beat yourself up. Britt is an advocate of a balanced lifestyle. You will not be put on any crazy or unrealistic diet or exercise plan.

Just try again tomorrow.

There are many benefits to exercise including mental health benefits, increased self-confidence, and increased energy. It can often be the last thing we think to do as mums, as we are often our lowest priority.

But exercise is a natural mood booster and can help alleviate anxiety, so if you can start with even five minutes a day to get active and moving you will be off to a good start.


Britt Active Edge FitnessBritt is the owner of Active Edge Fitness, which is based on the foundation of having a balanced lifestyle.

Having lost 20 kilos herself, it is her mission to help other women achieve their exercise goals. To give you renewed self-confidence and more energy to keep up with the kids!

She knows how hard it can be too fit exercise in around the kids so offers a convenient mobile personal training service. You can train in the comfort of your own home – no pressure, no judgment.


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Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.

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