Fit for Expecting’s Around-The-House Workout Experiment
Unfortunately, a lot of moms don’t exercise regularly. Many don’t exercise at all. The reasons we hear frequently are some variation of – I can’t workout because I can’t get to the gym. I can’t workout because I’m with my kids all day. I can’t workout because I don’t have time. I can’t workout because I have other responsibilities at home.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – taking care of yourself, which includes exercising regularly, is important not just for you but also for your family. Taking care of yourself makes you a better woman, mom, spouse, employee and friend. Believe it or not, you DO have the time if you’re willing to MAKE the time. We know this is easier said than done, so to help you out we devised a little experiment.
We picked some typical around-the-house tasks and assigned exercises to each of them. Then we picked a day as our “around-the-house workout” day and did the exercises that corresponded to the tasks. All day. We didn’t go to the gym or do another type of formal workout that day.
Here are the tasks and associated exercises for our Around-The-House Workout:
Getting In & Out of Bed: 5 diaphragmatic breaths
Place your hands on your belly. Inhale, filling your lungs with air and feel your hands rise with your belly. Exhale the air out of your lungs and contract your abdominal muscles (as if someone were about to punch you).
Opening the Fridge: 5 push-ups against the fridge (after closing it of course)
Turning on the TV or Using the Computer (pick one): 15 couch/ottoman/chair squats
Washing your Hands: 10 calf raises
Using the Microwave or Stove/Oven (pick one): 5 side lunges with rows (5 on each side)
(ideas to use as weights: water bottle, gallon of milk, laundry detergent, dumbbell)
And how did we fare? Initially it took a bit of getting used to, since we don’t usually do exercises along with these typical tasks. But once we got the hang of it, we were on a roll. It was great not having to set aside a separate time just for working out. By the end of the day, our bodies felt great and we felt as if we had moved a lot, which we had! We also found that by adding in exercise throughout the day, we were more likely to keep our bodies active when we weren’t doing one of the assigned exercises. It had a ripple effect – when we started moving it felt so good that we kept moving.
Note: The instructions are suggestions and can definitely be modified to fit your individual needs. For example, if you find that you do these tasks quite a bit during the day and it’s too difficult to do the workout all day, just do the workout for a portion of the day. Or if there are different exercises you prefer, go ahead and do those instead. Everyone is different and only you know what’s best for you.
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