Exercise. Something many of us have a love hate relationship with. I LOVE working out, when I actually do it, but sometimes I just can’t bear the thought of it. I’m tired, I’ve had a rubbish day, there’s washing to do and quite frankly, some days I have absolutely no motivation. However, once I get back into the swing of it I remember why I love it and it spurs me on to do more. Working out makes me feel more energetic, more accomplished.
I’ve been trying to fit in a 10-20 minute work out during naptime. Most of the time I don’t bother with workout attire and I don’t have any fancy equipment. You’ll benefit from some hand weights and a yoga mat (to save your back) but if you don’t have them, utilize things you do have; cans, bottles of water etc.
There are plenty of 10 -20 minute exercise videos on YouTube and sometimes I try those, but I tend to mix it up. If my daughter is around she will often get involved as well! We’ve actually been spending time doing yoga together. There are some great ‘yoga for kids’ videos! So definitely check those out, she absolutely loves it!
You don’t have to do your workout during nap time, it’s just the time that works best for our schedule. You don’t even need to do a 10 minute work out in one go, you could break it into two 5 minute ones, whatever works best for you.
I’d be lying if I said I stuck to it every day. I don’t. I have, at times, gone several days (weeks) without doing anything. I’ve chosen not to let that get me down. Personally, if I set myself goals of having to work out X amount of times a week, I set myself up to fail, because life happens and I end up feeling awful.
Focusing on how much better I feel for exercising instead of looking at it as another failure keeps me much more motivated.
So here’s what I’ve come up with, a 10 minute work out for busy mums that I believe we all have time for!
50 Jumping Jacks
20 Squat Jumps
10 Lunge Jumps
25 Sit Ups – 3 sets
20 Hill Climbs
30 Second Weight Run on the spot – Repeat
15 Lunge Jumps
30 Second Plank – Repeat
10 Donkey Kicks
30 Second Weight Run – Repeat
20 Russian Twists – 3 sets
Repeat work whole work out twice.
There you have it, it is as simple as that! Please let me know how you get on and if there are any at home workouts you’ve been loving!