You're obviously already getting your 10,000 steps chasing
or delivering your kids to their assorted commitments, practicing deep
breathing whenever your toddler finds a way to get a hold of your lipstick, and
doing plenty of bicep curls with a glass of wine after bedtime.
If, however, you're one of those moms who wants to step it
up a notch, but don't have the time, this exercise routine is for you.
I call it the "Do What You Can" routine, and it takes the
best moves and breaks them down into tiny bursts that can be done while you're
doing mundane tasks or during those precious moments when you're not busy
saving the world.
• Get up, do 25 dips from the end of your bed. Work up
to 50. Watch out, Michelle Obama!
• Do 2-5 sun salutations to stretch out if you're feeling
tense or knotty. This shouldn't take more than 3 minutes, but feel free to go
longer if you have the time.
• Do 10-20 squats while brushing your teeth. Work
up to 30.
• Stretch your hips by resting one leg on the counter while
you do your makeup and lean forward. Switch legs halfway through.
In the Car
• Work on your mommy tummy by pulling your belly button in,
holding it for a count of 10 and releasing slowly, at least 15 times. Bonus
points if you do Kegels at the same time.
• Do a cross-body shoulder stretch at every red light.
If you're serious about your tush, do 10 squats every time you use the restroom.
• Take walking meetings. If your boss or colleagues moan,
remind them that walking meetings are scientifically proven to have less
conflict and higher creativity, and that sunlight, movement and vitamin D are
essential for good sleep, healthy metabolism and productivity.
• Take your lunch in a faraway building, go for a walk to
digest, or, if you're a serious badass, go do 10-20 burpees in the storage room.
• If you're serious about your tush, do 10 squats every time
you use the restroom.
• Sit on your yoga ball while watching TV, periodically
pressing up from your legs in order to work your thighs and buttocks.
• Repeat those 20 squats while brushing your teeth.
• Do another set of 20 dips from the edge of your bed.
• Stretch out your hips by laying on your back, placing your
ankle on the opposite side and pulling your legs towards you.
• Do what Christmas Abbott calls "Sky Humpers" while lying
in bed. Put your feet flat on the mattress, suck in your tummy, and push your
hips to the sky while squeezing your buttocks. Repeat 5-20 times.
• Practice those tummy tucks! The more you do, the stronger
your lower back and the quicker you heal your diastasis recti. I find these so
boring that I usually fall asleep, but I choose to feel accomplished anyways!
Voila! You've managed to squeeze in a full workout.