Trying to figure out the best fitness tips for busy moms during the holidays? In an exclusive interview, FitElyse spills her best secrets!

Fitness Tips for Busy Moms

Hashtag, MomLife… It’s been used over ten million times on Instagram alone. #MomLife is unlike any other life. The messes, 24/7 on-call tantrums (from the littles and from you… Ha!). It’s complete selflessness and pure love, but finding a balance between #momlife and #metime is hard. Breaking away from #MomLife to get fit isn’t always an option. That’s why we have to mix them together. This brings us an even more popular hashtag, #FitMom! We are women on a mission to regain ourselves to be fit, toned, confident, and feel good!

It’s the truth: Working out often takes a backseat once you become “Mom”. You have less time, you feel guilty and you don’t have the energy. Ok, no more excuses. You don’t need a lot of time for consistent workouts and you certainly don’t need to feel guilty — your little one(s) will have fun working out with you. And the energy? I promise, working out will give you a jolt of that magic, too.

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My kiddos love working out with me at home, and honestly, my three-year-old is the toughest trainer I’ve ever met. His favorite exercise is riding on my shoulders as I squat up and down. He laughs and yells “More mama, more!” I always seem to push out a few more just for him (cause that’s what a good mama does, right?). Then there’s my baby girl. Oh, how she loves when I do bridge ups and hamstring rolls on the ball! She sits across my hips and thinks she’s riding a pony.

I focus on high intensity intervals when working out with my babies. I mix in short bouts of cardio with muscle-toning resistance moves. Quickly going from one exercise to the next gets the workout done faster and burns more fat. Plus, the kids won’t get bored.

My cardio moves are far from my pre-mama days where I’d zone out on the elliptical for 40 minutes while watching Live With Kelly and Regis (I loved that show). Now, it’s my kids trying to catch me as I hop like a frog, or having them chase me up and down the stairs (15 times). We also get into a little learning as my son counts how many burpees I can do (luckily he can only count to 14). Truly, my workouts these days are more intense, more effective, I’m seeing better results, AND they take a fraction of the time!

Here’s one of my favorite HIIT Workouts for that #HotMom body.

First: Find some fun music for you and the kids! Then, let’s warm-up! Try running up and down the stairs for five minutes. Mix it up: Skip a step, do hop-ups, run sideways… just be careful.

Try this cycle:

  • Baby or Toddler Squats: Place that little one on your shoulders and squat.
  • DynaPro Resistance Band Upright Row
  • 1-Minute Cardio Blast: Burpees, frog hops, stair runs, high knees, power skips — just move… fast!)
  • DynaPro Resistance Band Bent-Over Row
  • DynaPro Resistance Lunge with Curl
  • 1-Minute Cardio Blast: Burpees, frog hops, stair runs, high knees, power skips
  • DynaPro Exercise Ball Hamstring Bridge Rolls
  • DynaPro Exercise Ball Push-Ups, Reverse V-Up (This is another kid-friendly move in my house. As my kids pretend I’m a bridge, they force me not to crumble and crush them. Total ab-killer!)
  • 1-Minute Cardio Blast: Burpees, frog hops, stair runs, high knees, power skips

Try to repeat the cycle for 2-3 sets. You’ll be done in 20 minutes or less! There will be sweat and maybe some tears… from laughing! You’ll feel empowered, proud, and best of all your little ones will have witnessed a lesson on drive, dedication, and health. I’d say that’s a #Success (used 20 million times and counting!) Join in!