3 Ways Busy Moms Get Fit

by Anza Michieli

Are you your family’s chef, chauffeur, cleaning lady, entertainment director, and a working mom to boot? Is it a challenge to carve out a minute or two for yourself every day? If so, we’re here to help with simple easy exercises that you can do at home—no gym or complex equipment required.

1) Conquer cardio

Time to get your heart rate up and sweat! Remember playing all day long as a kid? Well, bring a little “play” back into your life! Grab a skipping rope, put on your favourite tunes and skip away! Skip for 1 minute and work your way up, setting the bar higher each day. Don’t care for skipping? How about dancing? Throw your hands in the air and wave em’ like you just don’t care! Dancing can burn up to 120 calories in just 20 minutes. As long as you’re getting your heart rate up, you’re conquering cardio for the day.

2) Arm yourself with strength

Head back to basics for amazing results. A good ‘ole push-up not only strengthens your shoulders, upper back and chest, it also engages your core. Start with 10 push-ups on your knees and work your way up, adding 5–10 more each time. Before you know it you’ll be pushing up from your toes! Why so much talk about your core? It’s your powerhouse and strengthening your core can help to relieve back pain and give you better posture among countless other things. A plank is the simplest way to achieve that. Putting your elbows directly under your shoulder, push firmly into the floor and contract your butt (gluteus), belly and thighs. Start on you knees and hold for 20 seconds, working your way up by 10 seconds each time….then try planking from your toes and move into side planks.

3) Stretch your results

Quiet is power. First thing in the morning, take a few still moments to yourself, connecting with your breath, reflecting on positive thoughts and soaking up the moment. It’s not a matter of zoning out, it’s a time of zoning in. A few quiet moments can revitalize and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. It’s also a great way to end your day. Add gentle stretching and align your mind with your body. Stretching can also help prevent injury, give you better range of motion and help with muscle recovery.

Remember, every millimetre is a mountain conquered, celebrate your achievements and keep moving forward bit by bit. Just a few minutes a day will put you on the road to a healthy lifestyle that’s full of energy to help you keep up with this crazy, beautiful thing that we call family life!