Moms have it hard. They often have to combine work with childcare, and even if they are stay-at-home moms, that doesn’t mean they have a lot of free time. They still need to take care of their family, their home, and themselves if they can.
It is this last point that many moms, working or not, have trouble with. They want to get fit and healthy and they want to build their strength, but they can’t go to the gym because who will look after the kids or cook dinner or go to work when they do that? This is why a mom will often neglect her health. It’s not because she wants to, it’s that she feels she has to.
The good news is, you don’t have to even if you are a busy mom. There are several things you can do at home that will help you build strength and get healthy. Read on to find out more.
Build a Home Gym
If you’re serious about building strength, the best thing you can do if you’re too busy or cash-strapped to go to a gym is to build one for yourself. You only need a small space because many of the machines you need are compact. Take a look at Mirafit and you’ll see the wide range on offer. You could start with one cable machine and some free weights and move on from there as you start to get the hang of using them.
Having a gym at home means you can use it when you have even a small amount of time – there’s no commute to add into your timings, after all – and you can even set up a playpen in the room with you, so you can watch your smaller kids at the same time as working out. With that in mind, here are some of the exercises you can do at home that will help you build strength.
You don’t necessarily need any special equipment to do squats, so they’re an ideal way to start if you have ten minutes and you want to build up some strength. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lower yourself down as though you were going to sit. Keep your core upright. Once you’re in that position, hold it for a few seconds and then stand up before repeating the process.
If you want to make squats harder, you can do it by holding a dumbbell in each hand, for example.
Push-ups are another excellent way to build strength. You’ll need to get into a plank position on the ground making yourself into as straight a line as possible – horizontally. Keep your elbows pressed tight to your body and bend at the elbows with your hands pressed against the ground.
Push your arms up until they are straight and then bend them slowly to lower yourself again. Repeat this plenty of times to build strength in your arms and core.