It’s no secret that moms today are busier than ever. As a result, it’s easy to put your own wellness on the back burner while you tend to other obligations, such as keeping your kids happy and healthy.
Still, it’s important to make yourself a priority. After all, you can’t expect to be the best version of yourself for your family if you’re not taking care of yourself. As little as 30 minutes of exercise per day can help you stay healthy, fit, and boost your energy levels. And no matter how busy you are, you can work the following exercises in this home fitness plan into your daily routine.
The squat is one of the best exercises for the lower body. As luck would have it, it also requires no equipment and very little time.
To perform a squat, start with your feet about hip-width apart. Then, keeping your chest out and your back straight, bend your knees and lower your body into a squatting position. Be careful not to flare out your knees, as this negates the effectiveness of the exercise.
Make it a point to do 10 of these each time you sit down, stand up, or even head to the bathroom.
If you’re looking to build upper-body strength, push-ups are definitely the way to go. However, not everybody can bust out a set of 20 traditional push-ups; some of us need a little bit of a modifier until we can work our way up to those push-ups. Still, you can build arm strength by doing modified push-ups (letting your knees touch the ground) or wall push-ups, which involve standing at an angle and doing push-ups in a vertical position along a solid wall.
Take your upper-body workout to the next level by incorporating chair-dips into your day. As the name would suggest, all you need to perform this exercise is a chair.
Stand in front of the chair, facing away from it. Squat down and carefully place your palms along the seat of the chair. Then, use your biceps and triceps to slowly lift and lower your body up and down. A few sets of these each day and you’ll be blasting those triceps in no time.
Back to focusing on the lower body. Walking lunges are a great way to get moving while upping the heart rate at the same time.
Start in a standing position and make sure you have some space in front of you. Then, step forward and bring that knee to a 90-degree angle, lowering your body as you do. Repeat lunges with alternating legs as you walk down your hallway or another open space in your home.
Cardio With the Kids
No workout is complete without a little bit of cardio exercise, which is ideal for shedding pounds and burning fat. And what better way to get your daily dose of cardio than to enjoy some play-time with the kids? Whether it’s a game of hide-and-seek around the house, a round of tag in the yard, or playing at the local park, you’ve got no shortage of cardio workout options when you have little ones to chase around.
These are just a few ideas of exercises to incorporate into your home fitness plan. By making the time to do these daily, you’ll be on your way to better health and more energy!