Every time I hold my son he manages to grab and pinch the skin under my arm. Now, I know all moms love to squeeze their child’s belly and rolls, but when it comes to him hanging on me for dear life by my “extra junk,” maybe he’s trying to tell me something.
I enjoy working out, but since I had my second it’s not as easy to get back into the gym groove. When it comes to taking care of kids, moms can agree the only time to sneak in exercise is in between naps or before your little one notices you’re missing.
I realize my days of spending an hour at the gym are over for now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t break a sweat during my baby break. “Quick workouts will help you stay active while still being able to get things done,” says Ashley Bissett, Personal Trainer and Owner of 3B Fit, 3-bfit.com. Her simple workout tips can help us tone from home in minutes. “Your workout does not have to be all at once. Remember, any movement counts throughout the day. Five or ten minute increments are just as effective.”
Suggested No-Weights Circuit
1. Push Ups (use knees if easier)
3. Chair Dips (place hands on seat of chair with palms down and knuckles facing forward. Bend knees and lower body by bending the elbows to 90 degrees keeping your back close to the chair. Then press back up to starting position.)
4. Alternating toe touches (lie on back with arms overhead. Lift one leg up directly above hips and at the same time lift shoulders off the ground and raise arms to meet your toes. Go back to starting position and continue same movement with opposite leg.)
5. Mountain climbers (begin in push up position. Bring right knee into chest then extend back to starting position. Repeat with left leg. Continue alternating feet as fast as you can.)
Ashley recommends doing each exercise for 20-30 seconds four times through. Make sure to take 20 second breaks between each exercise and after you go through the entire set take a minute break before you start again.
“Switch up your workout daily so it doesn’t become boring or stale,” Bissett suggests to her mom clients. “On day one do the no-weights needed circuit and then a cardio interval circuit the following day. That will keep your body guessing and you motivated!”
Suggested Cardio Interval:
Walk: 5 minute warm up,
Jog/sprint: 1min, Walk: 2min
Jog/sprint: 2min, Walk: 3min
Jog/sprint: 3min, Walk: 3min, Sprint: 1min
Walk: 5 minute warm down
**Before exercising please consult with a physician**