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You probably don’t know this, but we have 5 kids living with us right now. My husband and I each brought in one child to our marriage and we have one together. We’re also helping out my sister who’s in the Army by taking care of her 2 boys. Our youngest is 3, next is the 9 yr old, the 10 yr old, the 11 yr old and last the 13 yr old.
Whew…it’s a lot of kiddos in one house! Can you imagine all of the commotion going on over here? Oh, did I mention we also have a dog? His name is Chico and he’s a yellow labrador. He howls anytime the 3 yr old cries. She cries a lot 🙁 Lol!! It’s a crazy mess in our home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Unless you can get my threenager to behave, then I wouldn’t mind changing things up around here!!
With a husband, 5 kids, a dog, a full-time job teaching plus a part time job AND running this blog, I get a bit crunched for time.
I bet you’re probably in the same situation as me. Maybe with more kids (God bless you) or less kids or more jobs or a bigger blog to run. Whatever situation you’re in, I get it. We, as moms, get busy!
The problem with being a busy mom, for me, is that I kept putting my exercise and health on the backburner. I figured what’s one more craft night, or blogging night gonna hurt? I can workout tomorrow.
I bet you can guess what happened —tomorrow never happened! I continued to make excuses NOT to exercise and then I was surprised when the weight slowly crept on.
The Busy Mom’s Workout Routine
I decided enough was enough and since my oldest kids have football practices a few days per week I could make use of the time. I created a fun, easy and effective workout routine that burns 200+ calories in 30 minutes. The best part of this routine is that you can do it anywhere: at the park, on a trail, on your treadmill. Anywhere.
Always stretch, get your body moving before starting any exercise. I either do 25 jumping jacks or 50 kettle bell squats before this exercise. I get my heart pumping and my body ready to move!
On a treadmill:
- Power walk at 3.5 mph for 10 minutes
- Sprint at 5 mph for 1 minute
- Slow walk at 2.0 mph for 4 minutes
- Repeat 2X for a total of 30 minutes.
- Power walk for 10 mins.
- Sprint or jog as fast as you can for 1 full minute.
- Slow walk for 4 mins.
- Repeat 2x for a total of 30 minutes.
I really like this workout because it works for me. I don’t like running very much but I can handle power walking for most of the routine, I mean the running only takes up 2 minutes and I’m sure we can all handle that!
Don’t forget your cellphone so you can keep track of your time. I use my Fitbit to keep track of the time, my heart rate, the distance I travelled and all of my steps throughout the day. Plus, the Fitbit keeps track of my calories burned.
Words of Advice
Flexibility is important.
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