Seven years ago I was completely nauseous and exhausted, pregnant with my first born. It was the perfect excuse I needed to stop going to the gym. Since then, I’ve had spurts of exercise inspiration. I’ve been momentarily motivated to get back to good health, to lose the baby weight, to feel better. But by the time my third baby was born, I had the excuse of simply not having any time to fit in a work out or a run.

Now, my youngest is nearly two and a half and I am heavier than I was when she was born. I’ve been fine with this. I’m not hiding myself or even feeling all that insecure. The problem is, I’m tired. I’m short of breath with simple tasks. And I’m uncomfortable.

What about you? Are you happy with your body? If not, I’ve found some great programs to help you get back to feeling good, without taking up too much of your time.

1. Beachbody

This is an unbelievably popular program right now, and it’s not hard to see why. You can choose a workout based on your needs and most are 30 minutes or less. So all you need to do is set aside some time before the kids are awake or after they’re in bed. My favorite so far has been the 21 Day Fix. It’s something different each day and has a nutrition plan to go along with it. Beachbody is basically fool proof.

2. The Daily Burn

This program offers a huge variety of workouts for all different levels from a great group of trainers, including my favorite, Bob Harper. You can stream these workouts right to your internet-ready TV, Roku, or computer. The Daily Burn gives you too many options for you to have any excuses.

3. The T-Tapp Workout

Don’t have 30 minutes a day? You must have 15 you can spare. Check out the T-Tapp Workout by Teresa Tapp. Tapp calls it a “wellness workout” and provides with a book including pictures and a DVD. This workout is classic and doesn’t require you to purchase any weights, bands or other equipment. Perfect for those of us on a budget and with little time to give.

4. Running

Running is one of the best activities for you, especially your lungs. If you’ve always wanted to be a runner but are a bit scared, don’t worry. Following a running for beginners program will get you where you want to be quickly. You start off small, running for small spurts of time and moving up to a full run. It’s how I got started and it worked really well.

No matter how busy you are, if you aren’t happy with your body, you can change it. You can get healthier. You can get stronger.

Teresa Tapp provided Parenting Squad with a book and DVD for review.