I like to think I maintain a healthy lifestyle, as much as a single Mum with two young ‘uns running around can that is. In fact, the kids can help with losing weight, especially when you need to set a good example.
However, why not take it one step further?
We’re swiftly approaching another brand spanking new year and it is the perfect opportunity to be one step ahead of the pack so polish off the trainers and get your favourite fitness playlist perfected; you can easily try any of these with enthusiasm and success.
Get the know-how
Every serious fitness fanatic knows you need the right information to make the most out of your exercising. Doing the moves wrong can lead to injury and muted accomplishments.
For the ultimate guide, head to a Live Fit trainer to not only tailor create a regime that completely suits your hectic lifestyle, but give you all the information to fully optimise that time. From classes that specifically target Mums to Boot Camps to really push yourself to the extreme. You can gradually up your game in a positive and highly motivational environment.
Stick to your schedule
Your schedule is already jam-packed but if you don’t set time aside for not only exercising, but some quality alone time, you will never get into a new and more beneficial routine. After all, the benefits of exercising are not only weight related, but exceed that over thrice fold. For example, your standard of sleep will improve, you will have much more energy and your confidence will skyrocket.
Of course, there can be a bit of leeway, but one easy way to keep your routine is to pre-plan it with time to spare. Spend your Sunday evening analysing what spots would be great for exercising and make sure you’ve leave one or two hours either side to give you more time to manoeuvre if something arises.
Literally school run
The school run can be a stressful process as it is. If your little ones happen to have those micro scooters all the kids love, then why not let them scoot to school whilst you jog alongside them. This works for cycling as well. A super easy way to incorporate a decent amount of exercise into your existing lifestyle.
This won’t always be possible. Perhaps you live a little bit away, maybe your children don’t own scooters or bicycles. No worries, but you can use that time out of the house. When having dropped the kids off, instead of heading straight home to do the ironing, put that on hold. Half an hour at the gym will revitalise you throughout the rest of the day and doesn’t alter your schedule to the point of panic.
Use exercise as a way to de-stress
This is especially true for weights and stretching techniques so popular in yoga.
Exercising for whatever aim does not necessarily mean 100% cardio. Integrate weights and stretching techniques into every single workout to ensure your maximising your time. In addition, when done post-cardio, weights and stretching still burn the calories; the alter in heart rate is enough to keep your body active.
Write everything down
Whether it’s a food diary or every time you’ve exercised (even if that is walking to the shops instead of taking the car), writing everything down will give you a fantastic insight into where you’re failing and succeeding. This allows you to set realistic goals and feel like a supermum when you see them through.
Throw yourself into the deep end
Whether it’s deciding to run the marathon or starting from scratch, make sure you go into exercising and fitness with a strong head on your shoulders and a genuine desire to achieve. Your confidence will grow and grow each month and you can go about creating another plan but taking it up a notch.
Top exercises for Mums
- Squats and lunges – are perfect for Mums looking to tone the entirety of their legs (from quads to hamstrings to glutes) as well as working the core, calves and thighs. Try to use exercises that work a number of muscles to make the most out of your tight schedule. Squats and lunges are also perfect at increasing your heart rate and therefore continuing to burn those calories.
- Step ups – These exercises are all so easy to do in the comfort of your own home. For step ups, you can either use your stairs or grab an exercise step so you can do these in front of the telly. It does what it says on the tin, just remember to keep your back straight.
- The cobra stretch – Lying on your stomach, the ideal is to keep your hips on the ground (perfect for easing you into a new routine) and lift your torso upwards. This is great for all-round stretching but especially the abdomen muscles.
Chair dips – This is great because it can be easily done around the house. Sitting on the edge of a chair, hands on either side, slide gently off the edge until the elbows are at 90 degrees. Keep your