I had you at “time saving,” didn’t I? Time is a very valuable asset and as moms we don’t have as much time now as we did before kids so everything we do needs to be efficient and effective.
And since I know you don’t have much time I’ll get right to it. Here are my time-saving health & fitness hacks that I use all the time.
Crock pot chicken
Who has time to meal prep? I mean, some people love it – but I’d rather NOT spend 2-3 hours cooking and packing meals on Sunday when I could be doing something else. Buuuutttt…I still want to prep SOMETHING to be semi prepared for the week so I throw some chicken breasts in the crockpot with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a little chicken stock and let it cook for 3-4 hours while I go do something else. Once it’s done I shred it and now I have chicken for lunch and dinner all week.
I can throw it into a salad, a wrap, or rice and veggie bowl. Weekday lunches and dinners in under 20 mins.
Ok, so this might not be the most budget friendly option, but we’re talking about saving time here, not money – and time is money.
I find when I buy fruits and veggies that need to be cleaned and chopped they are more likely to sit in the fridge until they go bad and I throw them out – so really they might be cheaper than pre-cut, but if I’m throwing them out it’s not really saving me any money.
Pre Cut produce are washed and ready to go – so, will I pay an extra $2-$5 to save myself time to do something else? Yes.
Do compound exercises and work big muscle groups when strapped for time
Sometimes (ok most of the time?) us moms don’t have a ton of time to workout. Often we have 20 or 30 mins a few times a week to exercise between EVERYTHING ELSE we have to do.
Don’t waste your time with bicep curls, dips, and crunches. Yes, everyone wants “toned” arms (I hate that word, by the way) and a flat stomach but when you have only 20 mins how many calories do you think you are going to burn doing the previously mentioned exercises? Do you get out of breath and does your heart rate spike during them? It’s unlikely.
When strapped for time combine movements or do exercises that recruit more muscles working together at the same time. Think, thrusters, Burpees, or if you must curl, pair it with a lunge.
Take the advice above and use compound movements to put together a circuit. When done properly Tabata style or HIIT (high intensity interval training) is extremely effective for fat loss and conditioning…AND you don’t have to do it for more than 20 mins so it’s the perfect kind of workout for busy moms!
And there you have it! Apply one, or all, of these tips to your life and see how much time you end up saving to do something for yourself maybe? (A mom can dream, can’t she?)