Before becoming a mom, I was quite sporty, my week usually involved field hockey training (twice), a couple of times to the gym and a few runs. Boy, did things change! The past year I have been sponsoring my gym and the field hockey club for hardly going and my running shoes have mainly been collecting dust. Busy, tired and completely caught up in the daily chaos that this motherhood gig brings, working out was usually the first thing I would skip. So after one year of workout failing, I figured it was time for a change and for finding a way that would allow me to do some working out amidst this daily mom chaos.
My sister and her boyfriend joined us for our holidays to the beach last month and since both of them are personal trainers I figured this was my opportunity to get going again. So every morning during the holidays we did a 30-minute Bootcamp, which was awesome! (Although sometimes I sincerely hated them for making me do these crazy things during my holidays)
But obviously, holidays can´t be compared to our day-to-day. We don´t have to get ready for work or school and somebody could watch the bichin while I was working out, a luxury I certainly don´t have on a daily basis at home. For daily workout routines that fit my day-to-day, I would need something quick, effective and that can be done from home.
And that´s exactly what my awesome sister prepared for me, 3 different quick workouts that can be done from the living room. This basically allows for no more ex cuses to postpone this “get-back-to-my-fit-self” project! Since it´s a quick workout the “I don´t have time” doesn´t really go anymore, we can always find 15 minutes somewhere during our day. Also, you can do it with your kid playing next to you so you´re also not dependent on naptime only.
So I am working now on getting these 15 minutes in my morning routine (because let´s face it, it´s easy to forget when you´re busy) and ensure this new habit sticks.
Workout routine for busy moms
Below you can find the first session of those 3 different quick workouts, I will be sharing the other two over the next weeks so stay tuned! Also, don´t forget to download the printable with the exercises to make it even easier. (I have hung this in my wardrobe so it reminds me before I get dressed to do the exercises)
4 rounds of 5 simple exercises
1. 15 squats
2. 15 lunges per leg
3. 15 burpees (I sincerely hate this exercise but it´s so effective!)
4. 15 jump squats
5. 15 jump lunges per leg
Repeat these 5 exercises for 4 rounds and you´re ready to start your day!
Download Workout for Busy Moms – I
I still would like to go to the gym, go to field hockey training and go for the occasional run but I figured if I get my daily morning exercises in then at least I ensure I do something every day and if I do indeed manage to get back on track with the other sports that´s bonus. 15 minutes sounds like nothing but 60 squats per day makes already for 420 per week. It´s the small habit changes that will make a difference!
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