- 1 Get Yourself Ready
- 2 Try these out
- 3 Finally, Make the whole process a fun
Until the COVID 19 pandemic, life was too busy for many stay-at-home parents. Along with everyday household work like cooking, cleaning, and washing, they had to keep the children on their routine. And for those who worked outside every day had an unimaginably hectic day.
Though the pandemic has reduced our lives to mostly homebound activities, moms’ hard and light household works didn’t diminish slightly. Finding some time to keep in shape has always been hard for them.
Here we are with some realistic tips for those housewives who can’t get more than half an hour to take care of their shape.
Get Yourself Ready
The first thing is to get yourself mentally ready for what you want to do. Try to understand the simple points:
1. You Have More Time Than You Think
Yes, a mom’s life can be hectic, but in most cases, they don’t know that they have much more ‘free time’ than they think they have. There is a lot of time between every course of your household work. What you need to do is to gather the time to make it roughly half an hour.
2. Set a Reasonable Goal
Determine that you are going to do something to keep healthy. It’s your life, and you are the first person to take care of it.
Don’t be too ambitious, either. You cannot get to where the professional body fitness workers have reached. All you need is to keep simply fit and in shape. So don’t go for a routine that you cannot maintain regularly.
3. Pick the Right Workout.
Several workout courses serve different purposes. Some reduce extra fat, and some are intended to build up your muscle. Others are just standard fitness courses to improve overall fitness levels. Try to spend some time finding out the one which is best for you.
There are, however, some bodybuilding contest prep programs for those who are especially interested. There is no restriction for you to join there.
4. Make the Commitment
Once you’ve selected your course of the workout, stick to it. There may be an exception or accidental or unintentional discontinuation, but there must be the commitment that you will reach your goal.
If you can continue for some weeks, you’ll find that it has become a part of your daily routine, and you’ll feel comfortable with it. So will be your health and shape.
Try these out
With the above mental preparation and determination, let’s move on to our course.
First, we go for timed workouts. If all you can spare is 15 minutes for a workout, you set your timer and continue all the courses for 15 minutes at a stretch. This type of activity is called AMRAP or doing something As Many Rounds As Possible. Here you choose a few exercises, 10 to 15 each, and you just plow through those exercises as many times as you can within that time limit.
During this course, you need to remember to go as fast as you can and try not to take any break. As you have a concise amount of time, you engage all your effort and energy into it.
Another way is to do it every minute. If you select sit-ups, squats, and push-ups, complete every one of those three workouts, one after another, within one minute and start it over at the beginning of another minute. Thus you can do three sit-ups, four squats, and three push-ups within one minute and over and over again ten times.
Take a 15 to 20-second break (or recovery time) after you complete a one-minute course. This means you workout for 40 to 45 sec at a stretch.
With Little Ones
If you have your little kids, you try this. Running or walking right before their nap time.
You know, kids like some mild jerking and tapping while they are on their way to sleep. What you do is take him in your stroller during that time (it may be at noon, don’t worry) and start walking. By the time you get back, he is in a deep sleep. You don’t need to transfer him to bed. Your stroller is enough for him.
Gym Bag in Your Car
Keep a gym bag in your car. You will find so many opportunities when you don’t have your kid with you and have half an hour to do some quick workouts in the gym or out in the park. Take a chance of it, and any unscheduled gym workouts would be equally helpful.
Workout while Kids Play or Practice
Very often, moms accompany their kids while they play basketball or football. And what they do is just sitting idly on the benches or at best reading some storybooks.
That’s when you can take care of your physical fitness. You can use the bench or the mat you took with to do some light workouts like sit-ups, squats, or push-ups. You can also jog around the field, which is very well consistent with your kids’ practice session or warm-up exercises.
It’s generally not less than an hour, and you can very well spend at least half the time shaping yourself.
Invest for a Few Home Gym Pieces
When you have them at home, there will always be time to use them.
A treadmill and a set of dumbbells ranging from 10 to 25 pounds is quite enough. You can do HIIT workouts, weighted exercises, or you can even use your dumbbells as kettlebells. There are many more ways like that.
Finally, Make the whole process a fun
Now you have your workout plans, and soon you’ll be getting the result.
Before you start, the last thing you need to remember is that you must do your workout to a sustainable level and enjoy what you are doing. If you feel you are in pressure, you’re probably going to have to abandon it in the middle of your fitness progress.
So continue with love and fun. It’s your body, and you love it. Take care of it with love, not with pressure and burden.