Being a stay-at-home mom can feel like total chaos some days – as if you ran a marathon! Then you look at your pedometer and realize you're still a few thousand steps shy of your 10,000-step goal. How are you supposed to get there when you're toting little ones around with you all day and can't leave the house when they finally crash for nap time? Let your brain take a break and try these creative stepping hacks today.
1. Did someone say dance party? It's a beautiful thing when you can dance like the 1980s rockstar you think you are because your kids won't even flinch at your not-so-coordinated moves. Three solid songs will give your kids exercise and help you blow off some crazy. By the end of it, you'll be 1,000 steps closer to your goal. Check out a fun '80s dance party playlist here!
2. "They see you strollin'" with your babies. That's right, mama. Pack up the kids and hit the pavement for a round or two in the 'hood. If your little one is two going on 22, let them lead the way on foot. Run in front of them to get a few more steps ahead. Check out this stroller workout for some bonus moves.
3. Squeeze in an at-home workout while they play, eat or nap. It doesn't need to be a full-out workout routine. Whip out a couple exercises when you get a free moment, like alternating curb taps, marching, high knees, squat steps, skaters, reverse stepping lunges and so many more. Click here to explore our massive fitness index.
4. Teach your kids classic hopscotch outside. Granted, this hack is weather permitting. You can do the same thing inside with painters tape on carpet. It's a three-for-one activity: agility training for mom, steps for mom and fun for the kids!
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5. Loop around the house a few times. This is easy for larger homes, but if you're in a smaller space, just increase the number of the loops you complete. If you can't walk away from the kids, set your phone or watch the clock for 60 seconds as you walk in place.
6. Make cleanup time last a little longer. Just pretend you're a toddler who can't carry more than one or two things at a time. You create a back-and-forth pattern as you go room to room, tidying up. It might go against your very efficient nature, but the efficiency will show on your fitness tracker!
7. Get out of the house and take a kid-free walk! Meet a girlfriend or listen to your favorite podcast to finish the day. Not only is this so beneficial for your physical health, but your mental health as well. Moms need to step away sometimes and return home refreshed and ready.