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One of my goals in 2018 is to lose the excuses when it comes to working out. Exercise is something that I love and it always makes me feel better about myself. I try to work out as often as possible but as a working mom with a busy life and a husband with an opposite schedule, I just don’t have the luxury to get to a gym as often as I would like. Unfortunately, if it’s a particularly busy day, my gym time is what is cut out first. I started getting creative with my workouts and finding ways to work out at home, or while I am on the road. When he was younger, I used to use my baby as my weight in workouts, but now that he is a toddler, we work out together (I do still use him as a weight 😆 ). Here are a few easy exercises you can do with your toddler. This will be the first in a series on at home workout ideas for moms, so you can get fit no matter what your schedule is like.
I have found that adding a workout into my weekly routine makes a big difference, for me and Aiden. When the weather is nice, we go for a walk and there is a playground on our route. This is the perfect location to do a short workout. The workout can be done in the rounds listed below; it should only take around 15-20 minutes so it’s not a huge time commitment. You will also notice it’s a good full body workout.
The other thing I love about working out with my toddler is the fact that he is learning while having fun. He learns how to follow and is exposed to healthy habits. It’s also a great bonding opportunity.
Please be advised that I am not a personal trainer, and the intention of this post is not to teach you how to do the exercises. If you don’t have basic knowledge of these exercises, you should visit a professional before starting. Additionally, if you are entering a newly active lifestyle, you should consult a physician before starting a new workout routine.
ONE OF THE BEST AT HOME WORKOUTS FOR MOMS
Here are the exercises. You will want to do 4 rounds of each of the following exercises:
- Warm-up – Play a good round of chase with your toddler.
- Squats – Do 10 squats.
- Pushups – Do 10 pushups.
- Boat pose (Aiden calls these pistol squats – this is great for abs). Hold for 10-count.
- Jumping jacks – Do 10 jumping jacks.
- Repeat exercises 2-5 — four times.
- Cool down – Walk.
For added difficulty you can use your toddler as weight in the squats and boat pose. Your toddler will love flying! Just get ready because there is a good chance you will hear a never-ending “again, again” all day.
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As you can see, there will not be an opportunity for excuses this year, at least when it comes to working out! What do you do to ensure you get a regular workout in? Do you have any favorite at home workouts for moms?
If you liked this post check out Working Out With Your Baby: Five Tips to Keep Fit and The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy.