Quick Workouts for Busy Moms (Even You Have Time for These!)

The Best Busy Mom Workouts | CorporetteMoms2017 Update: We still stand by these quick workouts for busy moms — but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion on how to find time to work out as a mom

I was talking with someone last week about how moms have no time for working out, so I thought I’d round up a few of the methods that I’ve found over the past few years.  I still find it really, really (REALLY) hard to take the time for myself (and away from kids, my husband, my business… there always seems like a better way to spend the 20-60 minutes!), but this time around, postpartum, I’m forcing myself to take the time, both to regain my strength, be healthier for my family, exercise the crazies out, and, hey, lose some weight. I forgot how much better I feel — everywhere, in every way — when I work out, and I hope the benefit in my mood and energy, at least, helps the family.  SO! Without further ado, here’s my list — readers, what do your workouts look like, post-kiddo(s) — when do you do ’em, what do you do?  Moms with older kids, was there ever a magical time when you felt you suddenly had time to workout? (Oh — and I only JUST tried this, but man it made a difference: if you wake up feeling exHAUSTED, try a bit of peanut butter or almond butter before bed — it stabilizes your blood sugar or some such so you get better sleep.)

(Psst: Still pregnant? Check out our discussion on prenatal exercise…)

Quick Workouts for Busy Moms If You Seriously Don’t Have Time:

  • SuperMom app.  This iTunes app is actually designed to help you get a workout in when you’re caring for your baby — squats to do during bathtime, etc.
  • Get Your Body Back.  Six minute workouts, people!  I find the instructor to be a bit grating, but I used this a lot with my first baby, when I wasn’t quite sure how long he would stay asleep, etc.

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Washable Wednesday: Black Pinstripe Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress

Jones New York Black Pinstripe Sleeveless Fit and Flare Dress | CorporetteMomsI always forget about this, but Jones New York has an entire line of machine washable suit separates. I like this pinstriped fit and flare dress, available at Macy’s in sizes 2-16 — it looks comfortable, flattering, and professional. It was $139, but is now marked to $118; Jones New York has it for $109. Jones New York Fit and Flare Dress

Psst: Here is a plus-size option. (It’s labeled “hand wash” and not “machine wash,” but the hand-wash cycle on your washer may be close enough — YMMV.)

Feeding Tuesday: Bitey Beads

bitey beads teething necklaceWith my first son, I ignored all of this stuff about teething necklaces — no, I didn’t wear necklaces around him, but I didn’t really want to encourage him biting my jewelry anyway.  This time around… well, it’s all a bit different.  With a kiddo who is possibly teething early, and super easily distracted, I’m all in for something that he can play with while nursing, chew on when I’m holding him and playing with his brother, and more.  I like the look of these Bitey Beads, available in 10 colors for $29.99 each at Amazon, and just may have to pull the trigger.  Mamas, did you have any teething jewelry?  What brands and styles did you like best? Bitey Beads Silicone Teething Nursing Necklace 32”

Maternity Monday: Crinkle Maternity Dress

Tees by Tina Crinkle Maternity DressHappy Monday! I like the look of this highly-rated “crinkle” maternity dress from Tees by Tina. Although it seems suspicious that one size fits women sized 2-10, most of the reviewers really seem to love it. It’s $98 at Nordstrom.  Tees by Tina ‘Crinkle’ Maternity Dress

(Psst: here’s a dress that is not only less expensive ($27) but also comes in sizes up to XXL…)

A few deal alerts: Bare Necessities has a great sale on some of my favorite brands like Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Le Mystere — 40% off plus an extra 15% off with code EXTRA15.  Also, panties starting at $6.99.  (Sadly, no nursing bras are on sale — but they do have a pretty wide selection.)
Second: I mentioned this at the main site, but Ann Taylor is having a 65% off sale through noon (and then 60% off through midnight tonight).  Again, no maternity clothes, but lots of good prices.

News Roundup

pumping momSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • A new Tumblr, It’s Like They Know Us, makes fun of stock photos of moms.  The caption for this one:  “Hey, girlfriend! I’m just over here at the JC Penney Portrait Studio trying to get some work done.”
  • Here’s a great discussion (and interesting question) on Ask a Manager about how parenthood changes work habits — and how managers can deal. (If you missed it, along these lines there was an interesting discussion at Corporette on women being “disappointed” in powerful women who choose to have kids. We’d love to hear your thoughts!)
  • HelloBee talks about finding the work-life comfort-zone.
  • Motherlode ponders the family dinner.
  • Girls Gone Strong lists the five best exercises to help you prepare for pregnancy. Meanwhile, Alpha Mom talks about formula feeding from birth.
  • Above the Law looks at the OnRamp Fellowship for women lawyers who’ve been out of the game for a while, perhaps because of motherhood.
  • Working Mother tells you how to stay on top of any “secrets” you might miss because your work schedule leaves you out of the school loop.

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Finally Friday: Rose Petals Caliente Slingback

Rose Petals Caliente Slingback by Walking Cradles | CorporetteI haven’t heard of this brand “Walking Cradles” before, but they’re highly (highly!) rated on Zappos, and these strappy 2.5″ heels are one of their top rated styles. It looks like a comfortable and versatile shoe, and it’s $94 at Zappos. (I’m also a fan of this style and this style.) Happy weekend! Rose Petals Caliente Slingback by Walking Cradles