My personal trainer is Toni Lyles, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, at Lynne Brick's Women's Health in Owings Mills. She is a phenomenal trainer and a mother of three! I asked Toni to share her tips on how Moms can work in time to exercise. Her answer is enlightening.
- Walk the stairs: It's not always necessary to run a full flight of stairs because that can seem overwhelming. Use one step to step up and down for a minute or two then switch legs. This will definitely get your heart rate up quickly, and you can easily do this several times a day.
- Push it to the limit: Push-ups for many women can be difficult and intimidating. However doing them up against a wall is an easier option. Placing your hands in closer together and keeping your elbows in will allow you to do tricep push-ups as well.
- Resistance is key: Resistance bands are inexpensive and can be used for both upper and lower body exercises. Placing them around your ankles and doing side toe taps or step touches will allow you to work both your inner and outer thigh muscles.
- It's all about the core: Core strength is key to your body's stability. Laying down on the floor to do crunches is hard for many, but standing crunches or laying back on an exercise ball for support is just as effective.
- Shall we dance?: Getting in your daily cardio can be as simple as putting on some music and dancing around. Dance the length of 1-2 songs to get in at least 10-15 quick minutes when you can. Get your kids involved and make it a family affair because they need it too.