Here’s the good news: Shorts bursts of activity have a positive effect. In fact, Prevention magazine says that women who split their exercise into ten-minute increments, throughout the day, were more likely to exercise consistently and lost more weight after five months than women who exercised for 20 to 40 minutes at a time.
That’s amazing information, and it seems tailor-made for busy moms.
Here are some ideas to sneak in exercise:
- Wear ankle weights while making dinner. (See our FYI Links, above, for a recommendation.)
- Need some strength training but the baby’s up? Check out this video by Colleen Walsh, owner of the company, Strong Mamas. Her workout routine includes the children! She also offers a five-minute “Power Blast” for when you have five minutes to yourself. Read more…
- Do a five-minute yoga routine every day, even several times a day, whenever you can steal away five minutes.
- Someone’s home to watch the baby, but you’re nursing soon? Power walk down the street and back.
- The baby’s napping? Turn on this video by Leslie Sansone’s Just Walk: 5 Really Big Miles. She gives you a choice between a 1,2,3,4 or 5-mile walk, right in your living room.
- The baby’s awake and you’re watching TV? During commercials, jog in place.
- Do leg exercises and lifts with small weights while you watch The Weather Channel, cooking shows, movies, or the news.
- Keep five-pound hand weights on your dresser. Several times a week, do 12 reps for each: biceps, triceps and shoulders. That’s three minutes.
- Do five minutes of jumping jacks.
- Desperate to join a gym? Do it! If your little one is not an infant anymore, many gyms offer services to watch your child while you work out.