Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Staying Fit When Life is Busy

Soon after having our Little back in 2015, I wrote here about being strong and not necessarily skinny.  It was my resolve to focus on being strong after having some knee trouble toward the end of and following pregnancy.

If I'm honest, I fell a little off the health train with the holidays and especially once I was able to fit back into most of my pre-pregnancy clothes and the number on the scale went back down (it's SO easy to just be fixated on that one number!).  We recently got a smart scale though that helps measure not only your weight, but also your body fat % and let me just say that after taking one step on that bad boy, I am in need of some toning up.  Of course, this is just a reminder of what I already knew.

You would think that staying at home affords me lots of time to exercise.  You would think that chasing around an adventurous toddler would keep one in shape.  The fact of the matter though is that while I run around a lot, it can be hard to think about and stick to an exercise routine.  At least for me anyway and I can't believe that I'm alone in this. I started going back to the gym before the holidays, but only went a couple of times with the Little because he wasn't a fan of being left in the kids' room.  I'm hoping to keep trying with him though so that he can get used to it.

That said, today I'd like to share a few of the quick exercises that I try to do during the day at home in effort to keep my muscles toned and keep be thinking about health when I don't have time to be in the gym.




1. Free weights
These are easy peasy.  I can easily pick these up almost any time of the day and do some bicep curls or lifts.  This is true even while I'm playing with Little.  There are often times when he is playing by himself and I can pick these up and squeeze in a few repetitions.

2. Plank exercises
These are hard for me, but I like them because I can feel them working quickly.  I like to take one minute when I can and do a plank on the floor.  One minute.  I promise you will feel the burn and that you can find one minute in your day.  If I think about it, I'll do this a few times a day.

3. Climbing the stairs
This one seems a little bit silly, but from time to time when the Little is napping, I'll try to walk up and down our stairs 10-15 times.  It's cheaper than a step machine and after a few times of brisk stair climbing, I actually feel like I'm getting a work out.

4. Chair Sits
I'll be honest, I only really do these when I think about it, but this is an exercise that I save for stuffing diapers.  We cloth diaper with pocket diapers so once the diapers have been washed and are dry, the inserts all need to be stuffed back into their covers.  I find that it's helpful to bring the drying rack near a wall and do chair sits against the wall while I stuff.  It's totally multi-tasking and that's really helpful.

5. Dance videos with the Little
If the Little won't nap, dance together.  This is probably the least "exercise" like thing on my list because my Little likes to watch specific music videos about driving cars, boats, airplanes, or trains these days and not so much dancing with baby music videos - but the point of this is to be intentional about keeping on moving rather than just sitting back on the couch while there is music to be danced to.

6.  Short workout videos
This is one of my favorites.  There are so many quick workout videos that you can find online.  This is one of my current favorites - it takes just 10 minutes and only requires a medicine ball!


7. Going for a walk
When all else fails, put the Little in the stroller and go for a walk.  Our guy actually really enjoys going out in the neighborhood in his stroller.  It's good for all of us to get some fresh air, talk about the things we see (trees, dogs, neighbors, airplanes, etc.) outside and to talk to our neighbors.


Of course none of these moves are miracle cures or get fit fast tools.  But, I have found that for me, it feels like every little bit helps and when I am being intentional about doing these small bits of exercise throughout the week, I am much more intentional about eating healthier and being fit in general.

What about you?  What are ways that you try to stay fit when life is busy?

15 comments:

  1. oh it's something for me! I'm on diet now so some workout it's a good idea
    #bestandworst

    ReplyDelete
  2. This post just speaks to me! I've been trying to do a lot of these little things too lately! Thanks for sharing! xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely! Every little bit, am I right?

      Delete
  3. I love a walk, dancing and youtube vids when I can't get to the gym. You really can just do it in the house with your little ones watching! Hope you achieve you goals hun and thanks for linking with #bestandworst x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! We do love our family dance parties from time to time!

      Delete
  4. Love these tips! I am all about some short workout videos. Currently have been loving yoga ones. And you're right about feeling the plank quickly - I can't even hold it for a whole minute! Thanks for sharing these! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I do love a good yoga video! I'm still in beginner mode though. :)

      Delete
  5. Good tips and as you rightly say its easy to find one minute in the day to do a little of something like the plank. I've started swimming again and really need to top this up with something else during the time that I'm running around doing jobs.
    Mainy
    #bestandworst

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good for you, taking up swimming! I always try to find small ways to be intentional - like parking a few spots farther away when I'm running errands to walk a little more, for example!

      Delete
  6. Hmmm. This has got me thinking. I've been debating about getting a ball for my home office. The chair I have right now causes me to slump horribly. I like that I could use it for exercises as well. I used to have one, but my kids popped it. Now that they're older, hopefully that won't happen. #SITSGirls

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know if you do it! Good posture is important!

      Delete
  7. These are great tips for staying in shape! Thanks for sharing them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really do believe that just a little bit each day can be helpful! It's important to be intentional and just fit it in when you can rather than just not exercising at all when you're busy!

      Delete
  8. Thanks for sharing your good advice at the Healthy Living Link Party!
    Blessings, Leigh

    ReplyDelete

Don't worry if your comment doesn't appear right away. They're all moderated which helps make sure I don't miss all the nice things you have to say! I respond to comments via email, so be sure that you're not a no-reply blogger so we can be in touch!
:)