Back In The Game - Fitness Tips For Busy Mums

Last week I had my first family holiday to Menorca. But it wasn’t the usual type of relaxing, sunbathing holiday as literally days before we went my little baby started walking. OMG. I was really hoping to avoid this right before holiday. Just before her 1st birthday and I was looking forward to it but dreading it at the same time. Will it feel like a holiday with a baby? A walking baby? But she was so good, she didn’t cry on the plane, she loved the pool and she has mastered walking in a week.

But then I came back, went straight to teach 2 classes that night and spent 2 days getting ready for her 1st birthday party. I did go a bit overboard lol. My stepdad now calls me Kardashian. But she’s my baby girl and she only turns 1 once, right? We all had a lovely day with friends and family and she enjoyed herself which is all that matters.

But now after all that, it time to get back to normal. Back into our routine. Back to classes and back to exercise after what feels like so long off. I need to write myself a new plan and also re-start my PT sessions

So here are some of my Fitness Tips For Busy Mums that I am implementing this week.

  • Find a way to carve out 30 minutes of YOU time into your day. Try for at least 3 times a week, and if possible a space where you can be kid free. If that is not an option, you may have to wake up before them or workout after they go to sleep.

  • Create a space in your home that inspires you to workout. It doesn’t have to be very big but it should be bright and free of clutter. Hang some inspirational photos or quotes on the wall to keep you motivated on those tougher days. Purchase a good quality mat, one set of dumbbells (3kg should do) and a medicine ball. These can all be purchased cheaply from your local supermarket or you can order online at . Download a fitness app onto your smart phone (12MinAthlete is my favourite as well as MyFitnessPal for keep track of your activity) and you are set.

  • Go into your space ready to work hard. If you are tired that day tell yourself it is just 30 minutes, and if after 10 minutes you are still feeling exhausted then spend the rest of your time stretching, but get into the habit of rewarding yourself with 30 minutes of time where it is about you, your body and your mind. Pick something different to do fo each of your workouts. One day pick a barre inspired workout, the next pick a cardio focused workout, the next focus more on strength training and so on. It really doesn’t metter how you are moving as long as you are sweating.

  • Being a busy Mum, you are going to have to plan and you are going to have to motivate yourself on the days where you would rather just hit snooze or lie on the sofa with a glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed.

It is important to understand that your fitness reality is different now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be the best you can be.

How do you fit exercise into your routine? Share your experience and tips by emailing me at

Dannielle Emery – Fitmum Leigh