So January is pretty much over and, still, I can tell I ate too much over Christmas. I haven’t been dieting this month as I don’t need to lose any weight really, I just need to tone up. I want to get the muscles back that I had in November time, the ones that were whisked away by mince pies and one too many After Eights during the festive period.
I have started exercising again. I am not a fitness guru or a lover of exercise and I don’t have a gym membership but I do know the importance of keeping your body fit and healthy and just eating salad every day isn’t going to give me a toned stomach, is it? I also know that as a Mum, there are very few opportunities in the day I have to exercise, so when I do workout I need to be doing something that is quick yet effective.
I have put together a list of 5 quick and easy workouts, for Mums (or Dads!) like me who want to tone up but don’t really have the time (or desire) to go to the gym and only a have a few minutes in the day where they aren’t changing nappies, playing silly games, doing laundry, singing nursery rhymes – oh the list just goes on and on. These workouts are all 10 minutes or less and they really work. They can all be done at home and the maximum number of Peppa Pig episodes you have to sit your toddler in front of is 2, that’s not bad at all really is it?
So, here we go. 5 quick and easy workouts for busy Mums that really work..
1. 5 minute ab workout..
This workout is only 5 minutes long but it is definitely works. I was doing this a lot last year, pretty much every day, and it didn’t take long for me to start seeing results. All you need is something heavy, I used a fat old book as I don’t own weights, but anything weighty will do. This workout is all about working your core stomach muscles but it also makes your arms and legs work hard too.
2. 10 minute fat blasting circuit
This workout is amazing. The routine works your core, arms, legs and bum and although it is only 10 minutes you will definitely be sweating when it’s over. I haven’t done this in a while but when I was doing it on a regular basis I could really notice a difference in my legs and stomach. The exercise routine requires no equipment, just make sure there are no toys/children too close by as there’s a lot of jumping around involved.
3. 10 minute bike workout
Excuse the half naked ladies in creepy bunny masks, not sure what that is all about.So you are only going to be able to do this at home if you have an exercise bike. In true New Year New Me cliché fashion, Oli bought an exercise bike on January 1st. This workout is only 10 minutes but it is intense. You pedal as fast as you can for 10 seconds and then rest for 10, you do this for the whole 10 minutes. Or, if you have a bit more time you could do what has become my favourite workout, something I like to call Netflix and Bike, it is exactly what it says on the tin. Sat watching TV and exercising? It’s a win, win kind of deal really.
4. 10 minute abs workout
Another abs workout that isn’t too long but you can really feel it working. This routine consists of 10, 45 second exercises all aimed at the abdominal muscles. I must be honest, there are a couple exercises in this video I find really difficult but, like with all exercise, it you do it regularly then it will get easier over time.
5. 10 minute yoga flow
I have saved the best until last. I just love yoga. It is my favourite type of exercise ever, and that is saying something because, as I mentioned earlier, I don’t particularly relish the thought of working out. There is just something about it, although you sometimes have to work really hard, it still feels relaxing as you are focussing so much on your breath and not so much the movement.This yoga routine focuses on working your core and will improve your flexibility as well as strength. The poses are all easy and beginner friendly and the instructor talks you through everything along the way.
How do you find the time to keep fit? Do you go to the gym or do you prefer to workout at home? If you do, I hope you found this list useful. I have used all these workouts before and am going to start doing them all again more regularly.