Busy Moms often put themselves last when it comes to their own health and well being. In between making lunches and picking up kids from school and sports, you should be able to find at least a half hour a day to spend on you. Back to School is the perfect time to re-commit to your health and fitness routine.

Here are my favorite fitness tips for busy moms:

1. Start by making the most of your time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do too much at first. Walking is always a good first option. Whenever possible, walk or ride a bike (with a child seat or trailer) to either pick up or drop off your child at school. You’ll save gas and burn some calories while also having some great one-on-one time with your child.

2. Create a routine and stick to it. Find another mom from your child's school, and meet up in the school parking lot or the nearby park after drop off for a brisk walk, jog, hike or bike ride 2 – 3 days per week. You need to drop off your child anyway; therefore you can't avoid this accountability partner and will have no excuse not to exercise.

3. Brown bag it. Just like you do for your kids. By setting aside your very own single-serving, calorie-conscious meals and snacks in your fridge, you're less likely to overeat either by accident or because no one's around the house to know. When chauffeuring the kids around, pack a cooler for your car. A protein shake and a piece of fruit or an ounce of nuts is a great mini-meal on the go. Keep healthy treats in the cooler for you and the kids and not only will your body thank you, so will your budget.

4. Set a goal. Whether your goal is to lose 20 pounds or run a marathon, set a goal and put it in writting. If your goal is a big one, like run a marathon and you haven’t even walked in years out to get the mail, you may want to rethink that. That doesn’t mean the goal is unattainable, it just may be a little overwhelming at first. Think about taking walks regularly and working running into small intervals to start.

5. Reward yourself - you deserve it. Think back when your kids were smaller, you rewarded them when they used the potty. Well, you should get a prize for working hard too, right? Set realistic goals along with deadlines. Upon completing your goal, determine an appropriate reward such as a new workout outfit, or that new pair of skinny jeans you've been wanting.

The bottom line is plan, plan, and plan. Don’t get caught up in your hectic schedule with your family and forget to put your own mask on first. Organize yourself and add some “me time” into your busy schedule and start feeling good and energized to better take on all of the challenges the school year gives us.

Joe Ramirez is the owner of Women's Boot Camp Fitness in Colorado Springs and can be contacted at 719-229-2639

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