Fitness for busy mums and dads


Fitness for busy mums and dads

  • Set a time for physical activity and stick to it. You're more likely to find time to be active if you do it at the same time and on the same days each week.
  • Split activity up throughout the day – you can achieve your target in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Try these 10-minute workouts.
  • Walk your children to and from school. This will also help them develop a pattern of physical activity.
  • Be active with your child. Take them to the swimming pool, or play in the garden or park. Get ideas on fun activities from Change4Life.
  • Take up running – if you're just starting out, try our popular Couch to 5K running plan.
  • Improve your strength and flexibility with Strength and Flex, a 5-week exercise workout plan.
  • Join a child-friendly gym. Find a class or club that accepts children or offers childcare during a workout.
  • Set up a buggy group with other parents and go on long walks with the children.
  • Try our home exercise routines in the NHS Fitness Studio.
  • Exercise during your lunch break. Your office may have a gym, or you may have access to a nearby swimming pool or squash courts.
  • Cycle or walk part, if not all, of your journey to work. Get off one bus or tube stop before your destination. Find out more about cycling for beginners.
  • For advice on exercising after pregnancy, read keeping fit and healthy with a baby