THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED ON MIND BODY GREEN.

One of my current pet peeves is reading a celebrity interview where a Hollywood mother of young children says her workout is “chasing the children.”

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 3.57.40 PMCome on. We all know it’s not.

You have help with the kids and a personal trainer and exercise at least three days a week, and you know it. Stop making other mamas feel like we should have six-pack abs and chiseled deltoids from cruising after toddlers. That said, I workout almost every day and I can vouch for the reality that it’s not easy. It is, however, a priority.

Here are eight realistic tips for any parent who wants to get into great shape, all while the little ones are around.

1. Don’t wait for help.

Sometimes it feels like my husband and I could spend an entire Saturday piggybacking workouts. Actually, we have.

I don’t live by my family or have a baby sitter to help out. These tips have been created out of pure necessity within my life. My most important advice to all moms out there who want to exercise and feel good about themselves? Don’t wait for help. We can do it.

If you can grow a baby inside of your body and can clean up more poop in one day than you thought was possible, you can find thirty minutes a day to exercise.

2. That said, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Typically, my daily exercise has been completed by the time my husband comes home from work. If I waited for him, I probably wouldn’t workout at all or not to the same capacity because — news flash — it truly is exhausting chasing children. Additionally, he wants to exercise too.

Regardless, there are days when my head is spinning and it takes every ounce of control not lose my temper. It’s days like these that I give the kids to him while I work out. Everyone needs help sometimes, and it’s absolutely true that being a stay-at-home mom is an incredibly demanding (and rewarding) job.

 

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