If you are a mom, you are on a mission in life, daily to raise effective, proactive, grounded, and happy children. That doesn’t come from spending time away from home. The best way a mother can guarantee her children’s best upbringing is to be around them as much as possible. That’s why I started doing a lot of workouts that would help me spend more time with the kids.
If you have no free weights at home, then the best thing to do for your butt and upper legs is walking lunges. You can do these with weights if you’d like, but they are really effective at shaping up your butt without weightlifting. You can even have the children do them with you! Remember to push through the heels and keep your chest up and shoulders back, along with keeping your core tight! If your children workout with you, a tight core and proper form is essential for safety, so be sure to instruct them on effective exercise form and core-centered focus as well. Go for at least 8 per leg, per set, but eventually, you should be able to do up to 25 per leg, per set (if you’re not using weights). Uphill makes it even more effective and challenging, if you and the kids are up for extra challenge in your fitness feats!
Another great workout to do is calf-raises to tone and shape the lower half of your leg. At the base of your stairs or even on a curb, place the ball of your feet on the edge and stretch your heel down for the beginning of the movement. Then, raise your heels above toe level till you are on your tippie-toes! This will burn after just a few, but it’s great calorie burning while shaping up your lovely legs into those fitness model calves you see in the magazines! Remember, burning calories means your body is going into the fat-burning zone! Stay with it, fit moms!
For your upper body, I swear there is nothing more effective for killing that ugly arm fat that slops over the back of the arms like push-ups, fit moms! Be sure that on all exercises, you are inhaling when you release the muscle and exhaling when you contract the muscle. In the case of the pushups, fit moms, you can remind the children to breathe during the exercise. People tend to hold their breath during a new exercise when they are concentrated on the new movement. Fit moms often need the instruction ourselves, but we learn more when we teach. Moms, and all parents of course, feel free to use the time with the kiddos to educate them in safe and optimal health and fitness while you strengthen your knowledge base. It certainly helps us to ensure our children’s safest measures during exercise while helping the whole family create good habits. With push-ups, start with maybe 5-25 per set, depending on your strength.
Lastly, don’t forget the core. There are a lot of exercises to do for your core. In this case, I’d suggest planks. Pull your belly button into toward your spine, as if you are “snapping” it (like when you snap a snap). Keep your back and legs totally straight. Breathe, remember fit moms, breathe, please! Hold it as long as you can but set a goal for 30 seconds or more on each set.
So there you have it, fit moms and everyone else, you can spend time with the family, have fun, be active and be at home, while still working your whole body out! Keep it up!! Be Phenomenal, You are Worth the Work!