Whether you’re the mother of a newborn bundle of joy, or a small army of cyclonic toddlers and teens, you know getting a few minutes to yourself can be a difficult task. When you do get a few moments to yourself, odds are you don’t want to spend them exercising. After all, when personal time is at a premium, you want to spend it doing something you enjoy. But, believe it or not, exercise can be enjoyable, too. We’ve collected a few tips and tricks that will get you exercising your body and using your multi-tasking talents.
Tip #1: Get The Kids Involved
If you are one of those mother’s that feels a little guilty when spending time away from the youngsters, we’ve got a workout tip for you. Try having a dance party with your kids for 20 minutes a few times a week. Throw on some tunes and act silly with your kids. Not only will it expend some of their pent up energy, but it will torch some calories for you, and get your heart rate up.
Tip #2: Use The Dog For Exercise
If you have a four-legged friend in your house, you can use their walk time as a great time for a bit of cardio. Studies show that walking is a perfectly acceptable means of cardio, so strap on that leash and take Fido for a walk, or, if you are feeling a bit like challenging yourself, a jog. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day can completely change your body, and you’ll be getting dog care done at the same time.
Tip #3: Be Mindful Of Your Abs
Throughout the day, simply be mindful of your ab muscles. Imagine zipping them up, by pulling your belly button inward and holding the muscles tight. This exercise can help to retrain your ab muscles and strengthen them. The added bonus is that you can do this anytime and anywhere, whether you are at work, or you are giving your son a bath at night.
Tip #4: Play Tag
Incorporate some seriously impressive cardio into your life by organizing regular games of tag with your little tribe of children. Set up tag and freeze tag in your yard a couple of times a week. You’ll get your kids involved and you’ll exercise at the same exact time. When winter rolls around, don’t be afraid to continue the tradition with more indoor friendly versions of the game.
If you’re looking to take your workout to the next level, call personal trainer Ralph Roberts. He’ll be happy to help you create a workout plan that works for your lifestyle.
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