Hey mom (or anyone else who may be reading this)! I know things can get busy and it may be difficult to make time for health and wellness but it’s absolutely necessary. Whether you’re a stay at home mom, work full time, run a business or have become a full time teacher due to the pandemic, you should always make time for you. I really can’t stress this enough: Taking care of yourself is apart of taking care of your child(ren).
Some days may be harder than others, but you have to find the motivation and push through. I get it, easier said than done. Trust me, I have my days. With working full time, running businesses, being a wife and a mom, things can get really hectic. There are times when I simply don’t feel like completing my workouts and that’s totally normal. But one thing that I’ve learned is how beneficial being active is for a person physically and mentally. When I workout, I feel amazing (especially once I’m done Lol). In my personal opinion, it’s not necessary to complete full workouts daily but establishing a routine and doing so a few times a week will help you.
You don’t NEED a gym or equipment to burn calories and tone. Below are some things that you can do to stay fit from the comfort of your own home:
Workout videos. You can find so many of these on YouTube and most of the time, they are under 30 minutes. Following “fitness experts” on social media is also a great idea because most of them will occasionally post great at-home exercises.
Doing the stairs. You don’t need a treadmill or StairMaster. If you live in a house or an apartment with stairs outside, this is a great way to get cardio. If you have a small child, carry them for an extra challenge.
Jumping rope. This is one of my favorite things to do for cardio. It’s effective and you can do it inside or outside. Try jumping consecutively for 45 secs - 1 minute or setting a specific number like 50 jumps for each round. There are so many benefits to jumping rope! If you don’t have one, I’d recommend you get one ASAP!
Squats. Since this seems to be everyone’s go-to exercise, I figured I’d include it. With squats, you have to make sure that your form is right for the best results. Don’t focus on the number, focus on how you’re doing them. Also, there are so many different types of squats that you can try (i.e. basic, sumo, pulsing, jumping, etc.). I like to mix it up on leg day.
HIIT Workouts. High intensity interval training routines work really well and they will allow you to work your entire body. I do my HIIT workout 2-3 times a week and I include high knees and a squat-side crunch combo among other exercises. Google or YouTube HIIT workouts to find the best routine for you.
Yoga. This is something that is great for you physically and mentally. Prenatal yoga is something that I did consistently while pregnant and it helped me a lot. Find a local yoga instructor or follow one on social media. @yogalola on Instagram is my favorite :)
Meditate. We can’t talk about wellness without including mental health. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been one heck of a year. Meditating is something that I’ve been getting into on a more consistent basis and I love it. At this point, it’s essential. I think it’s something that everyone can benefit from.
There are so many things that you can do to stay fit while at home. Get creative and have fun. Make yourself a priority. Remember, your health is your wealth. Stay fit and stay safe!
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