I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today, after thoroughly enjoying my fair share of pie and cookies yesterday, I’m going to be talking EXERCISE.
Keeping ourselves in good of shape is an often overlooked side of motherhood, and I understand why. It takes time to exercise, and that’s something we don’t tend to have just laying around.
Personally, I’m prone to back problems and when I go long periods without exercising, I get achy and grumpy really quickly. Establishing a regular (as in 3-ish times a week) exercise routine has helped a lot with this. I feel stronger, more energetic, and have better posture than I have in a long time.
Here are some tips for making it happen:
1) A Little is Better Than Nothing
For a long time, the recommendation of 30-45 minutes of exercise a day actually kept me from doing it at all. I just didn’t have 30-45 uninterrupted minutes to spend on myself, and if I did there were plenty of other ‘more important’ things that needed doing.
Enter, my beloved 10-minute exercise videos. (Youtube is also a great free source for these, if you’re up for experimenting) Setting aside 10 minutes seems a lot more doable to me than 30 or 40. These are my favorite Pilates videos. They work you hard on toning and shaping, without actually getting you sweaty, gross, and in need of a shower.
Crunch – Pick Your Spot Pilates (with 10 minute sections on your Belly, Butt, Thighs, and a Full-Body workout)
And 10-Minute Solution Rapid Results Pilates (With sections on Arms, Waist, Buns, Legs, and Stretching)
These 10-minute sections are amazingly practical because you can stop with one or can combine multiple sections if you are able. What’s even better, both DVDs are under $10. That’s loads cheaper than any gym membership and you can do it without stressing about babysitting or transportation.
2) Get Creative with Cardio
My pilates videos are great for toning and strengthening, but if you’ve got a few pounds to burn, cardio is going to be your best bet. So get active! I don’t tend to follow any cardio videos as much as I try to be intentional about getting active.
Here’s something that may not surprise you. Kids are naturals when it comes to moving around a lot. I’m sure they’d be thrilled to help you out with this one.
- Put on some fun music and dance together in the living room.
- If you have a trampoline, take advantage of it with the children. Who says grown-ups can’t jump too?
- Play tag and run around the house together.
- Play dodge ball with them.
Not only will you get your heart pumping, but you’ll also get some seriously Fun Mom points, and who can say no to that? Laughing, bonding, and exercise? I say yes.
3) Focus on Your Abs
I’m assuming that if you have kids, you’ve been through pregnancy at least once or twice. And yes, pregnancy takes a very targeted toll on your abs. But honestly, abs are everything! If you have weak abs, you’re going to have bad posture, which will lead to shoulder aches, neck aches, back aches, etc. If you focus on anything, focus on those! It makes a world of difference, I promise!
4) Just Do It
At the risk of sounding like a Nike commercial, it’s true. Just get it done. Put it at the top of your to-do-list. Do it first-thing. Don’t dread it, do it. You’ll like yourself better when you’re done with it and you’ll feel better too.
I’d love to hear of any of your favorite Mom-Exercising resources! Share below!