Many parents often put off exercising because they simply “don’t have time.” But the truth is, if you’re parent and you can’t make time to exercise now, you probably won’t be able to do it until all the kids are out of the house. Staying fit and exercising requires discipline and effort, but believe it or not, it doesn’t really have to take up a lot of time. Many studies show that 3 ten-minute workouts a day can be just as effective as exercising for 30 minutes straight. If you only have 10 minutes in between after school activities, PTA meetings, and carpools, then you can make the most of your time and get fit!
Chairs aren’t just for resting, but you can use them for a great workout as well. To do chair squats, stand in from of the chair, keeping your feet about hip-distance apart. Then, lean your chest slightly forwards and then bend your knees, touching the chair with your butt, without sitting down, then stand up. Do about 10 to 12 reps.
Crunches are great for keeping your core strong, which can help you with your posture and over-all health. To start, lie on your back and bend your knees. Move your ankle so it crosses over the opposite knee. Then, put your right hand behind your head. Lift your right shoulder towards your left knee and then go back down. Repeat 10 to 12 times and then do the same on the other side.
Pilates Band Workout
Pilates bands are great for a quick resistance workout in the middle of the day. You can get a Pilates band workout anytime you have a free moment and you can carry the band anywhere you go. To start, sit down on the floor with your feet stretched out and wrap the band around the soles of your feet. Then, grab the ends of your band and then stretch them towards you, feeling the tension. Move back towards you feet and release the tension. Repeat 10 to 12 times.
For this exercise, you’ll need some weights (or some cans of food) and a platform (you can use your stairs or anything you can stand on that’s at about 12 to 15 inches high). Hold the weights in your hands and place your arms to the sides. Then, step up to the platform with your right foot and then with the left. Now, step down with your left leg and move down about 12 inches, and then step down with your right foot. Repeat 10 to 12 times and then switch to the left leg as the lead foot. If you want to step it up a bit, try to do this with a quicker pace to really get your blood pumping.
These are just some of the easy exercises any busy parent can do to get fit. The great thing about these exercises is that you don’t have to go to the gym to do it. Most of the items you already have at home or you can obtain quite cheaply.
[About the author: Andew Wales is a fitness blogger providing information on topics such as how exercising, band workout, and barre training can help with different muscles and has aspirations to keep you updated about the latest in the health and fitness market trends. He is family member of Pilates education Los Angeles, CA. His favorite quote is “Energy & persistence conquer all things”, and he has two kids, ages 2.5, and 7. Image courtesy: Health.com]