Let’s be honest, as moms we are already superheros. However, we don’t have the superpower to get our bodies back. Frankly, we never feel like we have the time either. I really don’t care to drop my child off at a gym daycare so I can exercise. The thought of packing up a little one to make the trip sounds exhausting. For me, a work out at home is perfect. Here is a list of a few exercises that are able to be done while hanging out in your child’s playroom.
Some of my favorite at home workout basics & tools:
Planks: Nothing fancy, just the standard will do. Lie face down with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders. Feet should be hip width apart and elbows should be shoulder width apart. Make a fist with your hands. Squeeze your abs then lift your lower half so your arms remain on the floor. You should be in a straight line from head to toe. Hold for 60 seconds or as long as you can. Repeat!
Wall Sit: Start with your back against a wall with your feet shoulder width apart and about two feet from the wall. Slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Arrange your feet so that your knees are directly above your ankles (not over your toes).Keep your back flat against the wall.Hold the position for a commercial break of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, just kidding, like 60 seconds and Ta Daaaaa! (Repeat 3 times)
Lunges: Stand tall with your feet together. Place your hands on your hips or grab some toys and use them as weights. Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out too far, and make sure your other knee doesn’t touch the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position. Repeat!
Squats: Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart, back straight and toes pointed slightly out.Keeping your back straight, lower your body down and back as if you are sitting down into a chair, until your thighs are parallel to the ground (or as close to parallel as possible). Make sure your knees do not pass over your toes, and keeps your abs tight to ensure a straight spine. Rise back up slowly. Repeat!
Hip Thrusts: Other than your child who has no idea what mommy is even doing, never make direct eye contact while hip thrusting or when someone else is hip thrusting things can get awkward rather quickly. This is not a playdate activity. Lie face up on the floor with knees bent, feet planted firmly on the floor with your hands on your hips. Press your heels into the floor, driving your hips upwards. Pause at the top, making sure to squeeze that tushy. Then return back to starting position in a controlled motion. Repeat!