Transform Mommy Chores into Fat-Busting Moves!
You know you need exercise but don’t always have the time to hit the gym. What’s a busy mom to do? By altering daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, and playing with the kids, you can add a little fun to your routine while building muscle and energizing your body.
The Housework Workout
Chores offer a great opportunity to work your muscles. Roll up your sleeves and don’t just get your house clean, work up a sweat and get in shape, too.
Clean-Up Push-Ups: Forget the mop and get on your hands and knees with a rag. (If you’re really good, use your hands and toes.) As you reach out with one hand to wipe, lower yourself with the other. Wipe, then push up.
Variations: For a real workout, let your toddler play horsie on your back while doing this exercise.
Vacuum Squat-Lunges: Rather than just pushing and pulling the vacuum over your carpet, lunge as you push, squat and hold for a moment. It may take a bit longer to vacuum your rug, but you’ll get a great leg workout as you do it!
Variations: Put your baby in a sling or backpack carrier for added weight. You can also do this exercise while mopping—be careful you don’t slip on the wet floor.
Laundry-Folding Calf-Lifts: As you fold clothes, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and balance on the balls of your feet. Lift your body up to your toes and back down again while you fold. The exercise will strengthen your calves and help take your mind off the seemingly endless piles of laundry you have yet to fold!
Variations: Carry your baby in a sling or backpack carrier for added weight. And when you’re done with the laundry, invite little ones to take a ride in the basket as a bonus exercise!
Dishwashing Thigh Toner: While at the sink, stand up straight and lift your right leg out to the side, then lower it. Do this 10 to 12 times with the right leg, then repeat with the left leg. Try not to lean as you lift.
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