If you have kids, then you’re probably familiar with the process of collapsing into bed at the end of the day’s being a parent, wishing someone could somehow sneak an extra 3 or 4 hours into the day so we can get everything done. Mothers face a battle against the clock, all day every day. Between, cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping, ironing, bagging lunches and walking dogs most of us have to find the time to hold down a full-time job. On top of all that we have to scrape together some social life for the sake of our sanity.
This race against time leaves us minimal opportunity to look after our bodies. We graze where we can throughout the day, getting a bite here and there and most likely relying on unhealthy convenience foods. You may have a burning desire to get your pre-baby body back but feel that you don’t have enough time. The great news is that you don’t have to spend hours slaving away at a treadmill to get in shape. You can achieve your fitness goals in 10-20 minutes a day.
Short on time, high on intensity
The trick isn’t in how much time you spend exercising. It’s how well you use the time that you have. Short periods of high-intensity interval training are the best way to burn calories and blitz body fat optimally. Doing interval classes at your local gym is the best way to do this as you’ll have access to equipment, knowledge, and expertise as well as the social advantages of exercising alongside people with similar goals.
If, however, this isn’t an option for you then there are plenty of easy exercises you can do at home. Alternate these activities at least three times a week with minimal rest breaks in between, and you’ll gain strength and blitz body fat.
Blast ‘bingo wings’ with chair dips
Doing tricep dips on the edge of a chair will strengthen your triceps and burn the stubborn fat on your upper arms.Aim for 10-12 reps per set.
Tone your butt, legs, and belly with squats
Squats are great compound exercises that use multiple muscle groups at the same time, toning key areas and boosting your metabolism. Squat down so that your butt hovers over the chair, but don’t sit on it. Again, go for 10-12 reps per set.
Get beautiful abs with the ‘butterfly.’
Don’t waste your time with wasteful sit ups which work your hip flexors way more than your abs. Instead lay on the ground with the soles of your feet together and tighten your abs to raise your chest and shoulders off the ground. Once again, 10-12 reps.
Get powerful pecs with pushups
Pushups are another great compound exercise that helps to burn calories while working for multiple muscle groups. If you struggle, start by leaving your knees on the ground. 10-12 reps.
Place your left foot on a chair, stair or sturdy platform. Step up and repeat with alternate legs. This will give your heart, legs, and glutes a workout. As you get fitter, repeat the process while holding weights in each hand. Aim for 12 reps per leg.
You are unbelievable, and you deserve to look and feel amazing! And now you can in less than half an hour a day.