In my first blog I mentioned that exercising when you have kids is tough: you can’t just pop out for a run whenever you feel like it or head to the gym with your mate for a spinning class (because I totally did that before I had kids hahahaha). Everything has to be militarily planned, so my husband and I have a strict regime and any such arrangement has to be well thought out. I consider myself to be lucky though, and I manage to get to the gym about twice a week, usually in the evening at around 7.30pm when I have got the girls into bed. After a day of working, making dinner, bathing, stories and convincing them it’s time for sleep, the last thing that I want to do is put on my leggings and go out. Being honest I would rather put on my PJ’s and drink tea! How do I motivate myself? Remember my reasons why: to fit in my skinny jeans, and to be able to run around on the beach with my children in the summer and not feel self conscious.
When I can’t get out to the gym I work out in my front room. Sweep the books, dolls, puzzles, Shopkins (you don’t want to stand on one of those buggers. What even are they??), plastic food and Lego aside and you are set to go (I have cheated in my photo above and used my friends lounge as it’s tidy and I had house envy). You can work out in your lounge, so you have no excuses! Most of my workouts only take about 20 minutes, so I either get up early at 6am before anyone wakes up (I sense some of you switching off at this point. But seriously how bad do you want it?) or I do it with the kids. This is usually absolute chaos and involves them jumping on my back, stopping midway as one of them has joined in and headbutted the floor. But I try to make it fun and keep it lighthearted, as I believe it’s important for your kids to see you exercising and for them to join in, they grow up seeing this as normal. You may not get the hardcore workout that you envisaged at the gym but lets face it, it’s better than sitting on the sofa.
So let’s get on to the workout! There are so many quick and simple workouts that you can follow on YouTube and eventually I would like to make my own. It can be anything that involves a circuit and bodyweight.
Here is an example of one of mine:
30 seconds on each exercise then straight onto the next, 60 seconds rest when you complete the round, repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
- Press ups
- Mountain climbers
- Tricep dips
- Jumping jacks
Give it a go and let me know what you think!