Women often have busy schedules that involve family, a career and a busy social life. Exercise may often be pushed to the back burner as mothers carpool their children to sports and play dates, but there is easy exercises to stay fit and still have time to everything else.
First, do not miss any opportunity to climb a set of stairs. This is a fantastic way to get your heart rate up and burn some calories. This cardiovascular workout targets the core muscles in your lower body, such as your hamstrings in your calves. It requires your body to move in an upward direction, which it is not normally used to doing everyday. Just by this exercise alone, you’re shedding around 472 calories per hour if you weigh around 130 pounds, and up to 690 calories if you weigh somewhere around 190 pounds. Not too shabby for skipping the elevator!
Kids always love to jump rope and double-dutch with their friends. Now moms can get involved and shed some of those unwanted calories. Jump roping by itself targets core muscles within the butt, legs, arms, shoulders. This is a fantastic exercise for improving balance, while at the same time it strengthens muscles in your arms and legs. Each ten-minute session that you jump rope burns around 100 calories. Better yet, this is one that can get mothers involved with their children and still keep their workout routine.
If you are looking for an exercise to sharpen your mind and energize you, then jumping jacks may be one to try. Jumping jacks are another fun and quick cardiovascular workout that is easy to do at home. Consider this a full-body workout. You are targeting all the muscles in your body, while increasing your heart rate and delivering more oxygen into your bloodstream. In addition, you are burning fat, while those unwanted calories disappear for good. The key is to do about a minute of jumping jacks and then march in place. This will give you a chance to rest while you breath steadily and elevate your heart.
Many may be surprised to learn that gardening actually burns calories, but studies show that it may burn up to 300 calories per hour. This is mainly because it uses strength, endurance and flexibility to plant flowers and pull the weeds—among many other tasks. It’s best to break up gardening sessions into about 30 minutes so that muscles don’t get too worn out, but the effects are similar to push ups. With yard chores such as raking, arm muscles are being put to work. Likewise, when you bent down to plant or dig in the dirt, the leg muscles are being strengthened. You get the idea.
Push-ups are another great exercise if you are looking to target the upper torso muscles of your body. These muscles include the chest, shoulders, triceps and abs. Your lower back, legs and glutes are also getting a great workout that gets the blood flowing. This exercise is used most commonly in military and martial arts, but it is a great exercise to get the muscles woken up and ready to take on any challenge. The strength that it builds benefits your bones, while also strengthening your connective tissue and tendons. Similar to jumping jacks, this is a full-body, cardiovascular workout.
Finally, sit ups are for those who want to strengthen their lower back, arm, shoulder and abdominal muscles. These muscles are what most women want to improve, so it is worth the effort and time to put into it. Likewise, sit-ups strengthen your heart, which will eventually lengthen your life. Whatever aerobic exercise you choose, make it count. It is important to stay healthy. These are all simple exercises you can do at home—with your kids, no doubt—so take advantage of the opportunity. In addition, do not slip on your workout just because you are busy; there is always time to get in a bit of exercise.