Working Out: Mom-Style
You know you need to do it. You know it will make you feel better. You know that it will help you lose those last few pregnancy pounds which are still hanging on, but when do you find the time? And even if you do, how do you find the motivation? A study by the CDC has found that only 18% of adult Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. So, the question is, how do you ensure that you're in that healthier minority?
Make time for you
Many moms have precious little time to themselves - so, once you do find time for yourself, make it count! Gym memberships are great, but they are often expensive and it can be hard to get enough time away from home to make a trip there worthwhile. There are exercises, though, that you can do at home with only minimal equipment - intensive at-home workouts or interval training can give you great results with only a small daily time commitment, which makes them perfect for busy moms. In addition, acquiring the help of a Home Bodies personal trainer is also a great way to maximise your results, as they look at your individual needs and are able to tailor workouts specifically for you. Furthermore, they’re there to help motivate you and push you beyond what you thought was possible.
Get The Kids Involved
If it’s tricky to find the time to exercise on your own then getting the kids involved may be the answer:
· Small babies can be worn in a sling whilst you go for a walk, or even whilst doing some squats or certain yoga poses - just make sure you steady yourself first and take it easy, as your centre of gravity will be higher.
· Babies who are a bit bigger but not yet on the move may find it amusing just watching you exercising at home, especially if you pull funny faces whilst you work out - playing peek-a-boo whilst doing downward facing dog is a sure fire hit!
· Toddlers often love to copy mom and dad - give them their own 'dumbbells' made from toilet roll tubes or empty water bottles and they can follow along with you.
· Kids of all ages love a trip to the local park, so strap on your trainers and run around with them - and remember that the monkey bars are a great arm workout, whatever your age.
Remember that whenever you start a new exercise regime, it's always a good idea to start slow and to check in with your doctor first. Whether you exercise on your own for some 'me time', or get the kids involved and make it a family activity, getting active will help you to feel better and be healthier.