It’s coming…. swimsuit season! Are you excited yet? (Crickets.)
Whether or not you like it, spring (and soon, summer) is in the air.
Here are a few tiny fitness tips that I’ve been working on since… well… I had my first baby a few years ago. They don’t exactly give the same results as running on a treadmill five days a week, but they do do something to keep your mind and body moving in the right direction. (And hey, I like to use all the help I can get!)
I dare you try these mommy-friendly fit-tricks (home-crafted and tested by moi), and let me know if they work for you too:
TOUCH YOUR TOES. Ask any fitness expert, stretching is one of the best things you can do for your muscles. You can do it anywhere (kitchen, bathroom). You just have to remember to do it (my time is always before I brush my teeth… yup, I just bend down right there in front of my sink). It takes about 10 seconds. Your legs and back will thank you. And if you need a giggle for motivation, trick your toddler like I do.
MOP YOUR OWN FLOOR. And mop it as fast as you can. It might be the best cardio you get all week. I seriously sweat when I Swiffer. (That means something, right?)
SUCK IN YOUR TUMMY WHEN WASHING DISHES. I first thought of doing this the moment I started resenting hand-washing baby bottles (which was like, right away). Tightening those tummy muscles while standing at the sink made me at least feel like a superstar for multi-tasking. You can also squeeze your butt-cheeks too while washing too! (I can’t even believe I just wrote that, but I guess I did.)
GIVE YOUR BABY-CARRIER A REST. I know, I know. You think I’m crazy. But resist the temptation to wear your baby-carrier every now and then and carry your baby with your own arms. Guarantee those biceps will feel it and start to show themselves.
HAVE A DANCE PARTY. With your kids, that is (everyone knows that one).
RUN LAPS AROUND YOUR BABY. A great way to kill a half hour. Now that the weather’s getting nicer, take that babe outside on the grass, sit her down and run circles around her. For her entertainment, not yours.
I guess, my point is, don’t forget to remind yourself that your muscles are there. They might look a lot different, but if you give them spurts of small motion during the few-and-far-between “in-between” times, they will remember they’re there too. Keep moving… no matter how silly you think it is.
DO YOU TRY TO SQUEEZE IN FITNESS AT HOME?