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How To Make Exercise Part Of Your Hectic Working Mum Schedule

Guest post by CMSFitness

With hungry mouths to feed, nappies to change, homework to help with and a job to go to, working mums are the epitome of incredibly busy multi-taskers. If you are a busy working mum and are struggling to fit exercise into your hectic routine, you might find the following tips for working mums and exercise helpful.

Working mums are the epitome of incredibly busy multi-taskers. Here's how to add exercise into your schedule.

1. Get the whole family involved

Working mums are often faced with the dilemma – do they, when they’ve finished work for the day and have some alleged ‘free time’, spend it with their children and family or have a bit of ‘me time’, including exercising in some shape or form. Why not eliminate such a dilemma and kill two birds with one stone by getting the whole family involved with exercising?

Pack the swimming costumes and take the whole family on a trip to the swimming baths for some exercise and fun together. Swimming is a fantastic family activity that has multiple benefits to our health, including facilitating weight loss, developing muscle tone, increasing flexibility, improving heart rate and blood flow, amongst many other health and fitness benefits.

Or go for a family walk or a bike ride and enjoy some quality time together whilst getting some great exercise.

Exercise need not be a chore and can be a fun way for all the family to get active and enjoy time in each other’s company.

2. Exercise at lunchtime

Lunchtime exercising is the perfect way for people who are strapped for time, to fit working out into their hectic daily schedule. The concept of 30-minute lunchtime exercising has really taken off in recent years, as more and more people realise the sense of making the most of their lunch hour by working out.

From CEOs to students, fulltime employees to working mums, putting on the trainers and heading to the gym, or pounding the streets at lunchtime is the perfect solution for anyone struggling to find the time to exercise.

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3. Getting up early

It’s amazing what you can accomplish my simply getting up an hour earlier than you normally do. This peaceful time when the children and rest of the family are still asleep can be a great time to take advantage of the solitude and get exercising.

Working out at the crack of dawn can leave you energised and invigorated for the rest of the day.

4. Hire a personal fitness instructor

Granted, with a job to go to and children to attend to, you are busy, nobody is disputing that. Having said this, you might be using your busy lifestyle as an excuse not to exercise. This is when hiring a personal fitness instructor can prove to be a priceless move.

Personal fitness instructors come with multiple advantages, including helping motivate busy working mums into doing regular exercise. Furthermore, with somebody else managing your work outs and keep fit routines, you will be more inclined to find the time to exercise and stick to a regular exercise regime.

What’s great about personal fitness trainers is that they are pretty flexible, meaning they can work round your work and family commitments – now you’ve got no excuse not to head to the gym and start pumping some iron!


This blog post was written by Hadyn Luke, Contract Manager at CMS Fitness Courses (CMSFitness). CMSFitness are specialists in health and fitness training. Based in Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, CMSFitness offer a diverse range of high-quality personal training and fitness courses in the West Yorkshire region. CMSFitness is recognised as a premium provider of health and fitness courses that offer a variety of commercial and government-funded training programmes for people of varying ages and backgrounds across Yorkshire.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise regime.

Do you have any great tips on how you make exercise part of your hectic working mum schedule? Leave us a comment below.


  1. May 15, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Lots of short but intensive exercise sessions can be easier to fit in (ie. a quick 10 minute routine by someone like ‘fitness blender’ before work, a quick walk (especially if it involves stairs) at lunchtime to collect something needed from the shops, and then stretches / a workout / a job maybe while the kids have after school sport, can be easier to manage than finding time to do it in one kit. As long as there is enough cardio happening, it can work! (so I hear – I need to keep this going more consistently)

    • May 16, 2016 at 2:10 PM

      Great tips Helen!!

  2. May 14, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    I get up early 3 mornings a week when everyone is sleeping to run or swim – it works for me! #coolmumclub

    • May 15, 2016 at 7:53 AM

      Great discipline!! 🙂

  3. May 13, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    I’ve always enjoyed working out at the beginning of the day but the thought of getting up an hour earlier when my kids are so small and have me top half the night is not so appealing right now. We do try to get out for lots of walks and swimming though. I’m sure I can fit in will change once we get past the baby/toddler stage and sleep becomes more routine 🙂 #coolmumclub

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:13 AM

      Sleep is so precious when they’re little, it’s so hard getting up before them. Especially when they’re at the 5am wake up stage!!! Thanks Claire 🙂

  4. May 13, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    I hired a personal trainer after I had my son and I could only afford two sessions but they were amazing. She told me how to hold my core and build my own rountine and exercise with the buggy #coolmumclub

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:11 AM

      Professional help can really make a big difference. Thanks for reading Charlene! 🙂

  5. May 13, 2016 at 4:40 AM

    This just reminded me I have totally slipped with my running. Whoops. Maybe I should get up earlier but I think 5 am is early enough for now! Soon, though…soon…
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:14 AM

      So hard when the kids are up at 5am!!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. May 12, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    I so need to start getting back into exercise. Luckily we have a dog which makes me get out for two walks a day, but other than that we do try and get the family involved with bike rides and swimming. It can be hard when you have to work your own regime around a young family x #coolmumclub

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:07 AM

      It can be so hard! Getting everyone involved makes it so much easier. Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. May 12, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Wow you inspiration you! I have a friend who gets her whole family up at 5:30 for yoga – I love the idea but haven’t joined her yet. Great points you make though #coolmumclub

    • May 14, 2016 at 8:05 AM

      Wow! 5.30 yoga! That’s commitment! Thanks for reading 🙂