My family had the pleasure of going to a change of command ceremony this past Friday. In the first five minutes, we were asked to "Please Stand Up!" and "Please Take Your Seats!", every 30 seconds. And because it was a USMC change of command, well, you did as you were told!
Afterward, I couldn't help but remark to a friend as to how, holding our youngest daughter in my arms, I started using the up, down, up, down, up, down, as a hover squat. Just touching the seat with my buns and then coming right back up to standing position. Hey, after all, I might as well get some extra exercise in right! I know my bum will thank me afterward!
Funny thing is, that was something anyone else there could have done too. (Ok, maybe not while holding a child, but you get the idea!) Those extra minutes of exercise that you throw into the day can count BIG toward your weightloss and toning goals. They keep your heart rate up, burning extra calories.
Think about it! There are lots of great places to add in extra exercise. Calf raises while washing dishes. Parking further away. Taking the stairs versus the elevator. Squats or lunges while rocking a fussy baby. (That was one of my favorites during those middle of the night wake ups. Hey, if I was going to be up anyway, I was going to get the most out of it!) Purse or diaper bag biceps curls while waiting in line. Plie squats while pushing your child on a swing. One push-up for every trip you make to put away a toy. (I bet that will make you carry more each trip to the toy bin and make it go faster!) Walking lunges to the mail box.
You get the idea! Think of all the extra calories you'll burn and the toned legs, etc you'll have with that extra bit of exercise each day. Not to mention keeping the oxygen flowing to help you feel and look great! (Rosy cheeks are in!) And it doesn't take any extra time or equipment, just changing the way you think. Seeing an opportunity everywhere to get in a little bit of exercise. Hey, we're busy moms, so every bit helps!
What are the ways you sneak in extra bits of exercise throughout your day?