What do you find to be the “reason” you do not get in a daily workout? I am fairly certain I can rebuttal almost any excuse so I challenge you! If your daily challenge is not listed below, post it or email me today. As always, remember to get clearance from a doctor before you start any exercise program.
1. “I just don’t have the time!”
Ok momma’s, I too can totally relate to this one, especially since I am not only taking care of two children, getting a business off the ground, housekeeping, hubby….oops, what about me time? I know! Our day is crunched and I cannot even imagine what the soccer moms feel like.
Well, stop your crying I have a few solutions!
- Keep your bags packed. Gym bag, running bag, stroller bag, whatever bag ails you, KEEP IT PACKED ALWAYS! And hey, lets keep it in the front seat girls. If you go stuffing it in the trunk, you will not see it, right? That’s like throwing clothes over that expensive piece of exercise equipment bought from a late-night infomercial.
- Make it a family affair. Just the other afternoon, my daughter and I were playing ball and I used it as my way of working the abdominals. I was sitting on the ground with my legs bent, and as she threw the ball I would lean back. On the way back up I would throw the ball back to her. Now, it wasn’t a weighted medicine ball by any means, but you know how kids want to just keep going and going? Problem solved! It was like a 20 pound ball by the time I called it quits. Add in a game of squirt guns, running around and ducking from each other and you have a fabulously FUN workout.
- Got ten minutes? Get a workout! Yeah yeah, I know you have read about it many times before, but it works! Why does it work? If you are consistent with it (daily), work hard (I mean HARD), through your movements, and commit to it, (There’s that ever impossible word: commitment!) you will notice a change. It could be more energy, an inch or two off the midsection, strength gains…I could go on, but I think you get the point. When you get your sweat on, your daily challenges seem to magically become less of a challenge because you feel amazing. Here’s one to try: start with a bit of a warm up, then go into 10 jump squats, 15-30 second plank hold, 5 push ups, 15-30 second plank hold and 10 more jump squats; turn with your back facing the mat, squat down and roll backward onto the floor by tucking in your abs and chin to protect your neck and back (something I used to do as a kid, its actually fun!) and come back up into standing position. Repeat that for a count of 10 and then start over from the beginning, with the jump squats. Repeat as many times as possible for a total of ten minutes. Voila! I guarantee you will get a good sweat out of that one.
Ok, so that is just part one!! Stay tuned for the second challenge and my way to keep you on the road to fitness. REMEMBER: please get clearance from your doctor before starting any exercise program, especially if you are pregnant or less than 6-8 weeks post-partum.