Busy moms like you may often find it challenging or even impossible to fit workouts and fitness goals into your active lifestyle. However, focusing on smaller short term goals and doing shorter, high-intensity workouts whenever you can is a workable solution, according to Breaking Muscle. Combining a few exercises to target specific body parts in a 10-minute spurt or doing a mini yoga routine a certain number of times each week is just the tonic for your tired limbs and hectic schedule.
Squat Your Way to Supermom Legs
The squat is a classic, universal exercise that strengthens and tones your upper legs and glutes. A strong trunk improves your posture, which also positively affects your core. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, with your arms akimbo or extended in front of you and parallel to the ground. Sit back with your hips, flexing your knees. Think of sitting down in a chair, but keep your chest and head up. Continue this squatting motion until your quads are just about parallel to the ground. Reverse the motion, and repeat five to 10 times. Combine with planks.
Tone Your Core With Planks, And Stand With Mommy Pride
The plank is a modifiable move that targets your core and potentially tones your whole body, according to Pop Sugar. Lie on the floor in a prone position, supporting your weight on your forearms and your toes. Your arms should be directly below your shoulders. Keep your body rigidly straight, and hold this position as long as possible. Raise an arm or a leg to increase the difficulty. Alternate planks with push-ups for a complete upper body workout.
Push-ups Keep Your Kid-Lifting Muscles in Check
Similar to squats, the push-up is a compound movement that hits several muscle groups at once, in this case your arms and back. Lie on the floor with your arms shoulder width apart and your torso held up at arm’s length. Inhale as you lower your bosom almost to the floor. Exhale as you raise your body to the starting position. Hold for a second while squeezing your chest, and repeat as many times as you can. Bend your legs at the knees to take off some resistance if you’re new to this exercise and don’t yet have the upper body strength.
Become a Yogi in 20 Minutes Per Day
Do a short yoga routine that lasts 20 minutes or less. According to Keeper of the Home, social media abounds with experienced, respected teachers who post yoga videos for all intents and purposes, such as brief yoga sessions for busy moms, yoga for travel or quick morning before-work yoga. Some of the workouts strengthen specific muscle groups, such as core or legs, while others provide a map for stilling your mommy-brain and following your maternal breath to achieve balance and well being. Pair a short yoga warm-up with two muscle-building movements for a spirit-and-body workout.