Sick of paying for an expensive gym membership that you never use? Perhaps you just can’t seem to find the time to go for a run between you know, kids and…kids. The good news is that you don’t need to stress about your lack of exercise because it can easily be incorporated into your mum life without even realising. Here’s how.
Got yourself a toddler? Well then you, my friend, have your very own squats coach. You’ll dress them for the day, turn around to find them naked in the living room fiddling with their junk. Feel the burn as you slowly squat down to collect various items of clothes from the floor. It’s a repeat exercise because they’ll keep stripping off. Toddlers are awesome like that. 3 reps of whatever.
Use the same wide leg stance to pick up random items of discarded food from around your house. Every time you see a rogue sultana, squat lady squat. Do you know how many of those little bastards are in a pack these days? You’ll have Instagram worthy pins in no time.
Stretching is really important for some reason. Professional people and beach posers do it all the time. And so should you.
The best way to stretch out your upper body is to try and restrain a tantruming child in a middle car seat. Ignore the popping sound in your neck as they trash around like a possessed trout. That’s how you know you’re doing it right.
Once again, you’ll be using a toddler or a small child for this exercise. Allow them to roam freely around the house with a food item which looks suspiciously like chocolate. Something like nutella or vegemite is ideal. Throughout the day you’ll find smears of the substance on surfaces. Assume the push up position to sniff the marks carefully to determine if it is, in fact, nutella or something else. You’ll want to really squeeze those shoulder blades back to prevent yourself from touching the floor. You know, in case it’s not nutella.
High Knee Running
Allow your children to have a pet mouse. Don’t worry, it won’t be living in a cage in their room for long. Within days (or hours) or bringing your furry friend home, someone will leave the cage open allowing the mouse to become what we call ‘free range’.
This exercise is both good for your legs, cardio fitness and reflexes. Jump and run with your knees up every time you see ‘Squeaky’ reappear in his own game of hide and seek around the house. It’s also an endurance exercise because that guy could hang around for some time.