A healthy diet is a good start – but it’s not enough. We need to move – and by move, we mean exercise

We juggle work, kids, partners and housework – and somewhere, in between all those demands, we need to take care of ourselves too!

Our own wellbeing often (read: always) gets placed on the back burner; we survive on toddler leftovers and count chasing kids from one extra-mural to the next as exercise.

But, what we don’t realise, is that by marking our wellbeing as ‘last’ on our to-do list, we set ourselves up for exhaustion and burnout.

So, how do we turn it around?

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Well, a healthy diet; filled with all the good stuff (like fruits and veggies) is a good start – but it’s not enough. We need to move – and by move, we mean exercise.

Here are five realistic exercise tips for busy moms:

1. Exercise early in the morning

What we actually mean is; get it out of the way.

You know how it goes; you start the day off with the best of intentions, but by the time 4pm rolls around, the list of excuses not to exercise is endless…

You’re tired, the kids have homework to do and someone needs to get supper going.

If you can, get up an hour earlier in the morning, and exercise – that way, by the time your day ‘starts’, you’ve already had your daily dose of movement!

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2. Create a home gym

We get it; gym memberships can be expensive. Plus, getting to and from gym and waiting for machines adds to the time that you already don’t have to exercise!

It’s easy (and more convenient!) to create your own at-home gym, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

All you need to start; is a mat, some dumbbells and, maybe, a skipping rope. As you get fitter, you can build on your equipment; buying one piece of equipment every other month.

3. Get the kids involved

Get your kids their own mats and have them follow your routine with you! You’ll be surprised at how much fun they will have exercising with mom!

4. Exercise throughout the day

If you simply do not have enough hours to dedicate one whole hour to working out, then why not spread your exercises out throughout the day?

Do lunges while you catch up on e-mails, squat while you make supper and do some sit-ups while the kids splash around in the bath!

5. Find motivation by subscribing to a fitness app

There are many online training programmes and apps to choose from. One that seems to work wonders for women (and moms, especially, because it only requires 28 minutes of your time) is the Kayla Istines Sweat app (available to purchase through iTunes for R309 per month).

Sweat hosts multiple trainers and programmes (like yoga, HITT (High Intensity Training) workouts and weight-training programmes) and you can choose a programme to suit your fitness level or workout preference.