After the unhealthy eating of Easter and the realisation that our summer holiday is 100 days away, the thought of getting “bikini body” ready has hit me! I’m totally rubbish at sticking to any exercise plan and have no willpower when it comes to chocolate, but I’ve started eating healthier and exercising a bit at home and am going to try really hard to at least tone up my mum-tum a bit.
I find the biggest hurdle is time. When you’re at work all day, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. Meals and snacks also take quite a bit of preparation if you’ll be eating your lunch at your desk during the week.
If you want to get a bit fitter for the summer, check out my busy mum’s guide to exercising…
YouTube Work Outs
If you manage to go to work, do the school run and get to the gym then you are my hero!
I have no motivation to go to the gym in the evening and I’d have to go before 6am to get any exercise done before work, which definitely isn’t going to happen as I love my bed too much.
If you don’t have time for exercising and prefer to work along with a video there are lots of good quick work-out videos on YouTube. You can search for particular routines, Pilates workouts or exercise for a particular body part. I’ve recently discovered Blogilates who has some fab quick workout routines you can copy.
5 Minute Exercise Routines
When you’ve got a busy day ahead and are really short on time, a quick workout is better than no workout. If you have a go-to routine that only takes 5 minutes you can easily fit it in first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed.
You could do situps, pushups, squats, planks, jumps or jogging on the spot. Make a note on your phone of how many of each exercise you do each day, that way you can try to beat it later in the week.
Keeping track of your exercises and food intake is important if you have a goal you want to reach.
And if you need some musical motivation FitRadio is a great app to provide a soundtrack for all types of exercise.
Get the kids involved
When you don’t have any time to yourself you may have to settle for exercising with the kids. You could go for a run while they cycle or scoot along with you, or do your 5-minute exercise routine with them joining in.
If you have a toddler this 15-minute workout is a great idea to use them to help you.
Healthy Eating Inspiration
I find it really hard to not just snack on crisps or biscuits when I’m at work. The biggest tip to avoid this is to plan ahead – decide when you do the food shopping what you’ll have for lunch and snacks, and prep it all well in advance. That way you can just grab your food in the morning as you run out the door.
I follow a couple of good Instagram accounts that post photos of really healthy meals that help give me a bit of inspiration on what to make for work lunches – Healthyeatingteam and Hungryhealthyhappy are both good to follow.
Even if you’re at work all day you can still try and be as healthy and active as possible.
Take the stairs not the lift, go on a walk in your lunch break rather than just sitting at your desk and you could even do a few squats when you go on a bathroom break before you go back to your computer.
If you work from home, or have an open-minded boss, you could even invest in a sit/stand desk which helps to burn calories as well as improving your posture.
Best buys for home workouts
If you are going to be exercising at home, here are some good products and equipment to help you or just make you feel good when you’re working out!
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- Reebok Workout Tights
- Gym Bunny Water bottle
- Superdry Sports Bra
- Nike Stargazer Trainers
- Set of 2 Dumbbells
- Ban.do Exercise Mat
Do you have any favourite exercise apps or YouTube videos? What would you add to a busy mum’s guide to exercising?
If you’re trying to get fitter for the summer, good luck!