Life is busy with kids and we often forego our workouts as a method of managing it all. Our workout routines can sometimes take a back seat. Our healthy eating often goes out the window. We feel sluggish, tired, stressed and out of shape; however, we can still make it work! You can squeeze in small bits of activity, maintain a (mostly) healthy diet, feel energized, and happy. Here is how you can do a 10 Minute Workout At Home!
This is the best 10 minute workout! No gym, no equipment, nothing fancy. I will often do this after the kids go to sleep. Ten minutes is all it takes to do a workout, just ten!
1. Push ups
Place your hands under your shoulders and start from your knees. Keep your back straight and engage your core (try not to let your back arch). Bend your elbows and bring your chest down to the floor, lift yourself back up. Do 12-15 repetitions. Advanced tip: try these from your toes.
Stand tall with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the hips, bend your knees and ankles, and imagine you’re sitting in a chair. Push through your heels to come up and squeeze your glutes. Do 12-15 repetitions. Advanced tip: hold at the bottom position for an extra 4 seconds on each rep.
3. Plank Hold
Place your elbows under your shoulders and lift your body up onto your knees or toes with your back straight. Engage your core by drawing your navel in and lifting your ribs up. You should feel your core (not your back). Hold for 30-60 seconds. Advanced tip: lift one leg and switch sides
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Squeeze your glutes, push through your heels, and lift your hips off the floor. Lift as high as you can without feeling your low back or hamstrings (back of the legs). Focus on keeping your glutes engaged as you lower down. Do 12-15 repetitions. Advanced tip: try elevating one leg and perform all repetitions on one side, switch sides.
5. Lying draw ins with marches
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Draw your navel in, press the top part of your ribs down to the floor (try coughing to achieve this), and Kegel. Maintain this cemented position with your core and bring one leg up, maintaining a 90 degree bend in the knee. Lower down and switch sides without letting your hips shift. Use your core to stabilize your hips and pelvis. Do 12-15 repetitions each side. Advanced tip: Start with both legs up and lower one leg at a time. (See a video here on how to do it!)
If you feel you have more time, attempt another set of all 5 exercises. Voila! Your easy 10 minute workout is done and you’ve squeezed a bit of activity into your day. Aim to get a little bit of cardio workout too by walking outside. Focus on healthy eating when you can and incorporate smoothies as a healthy food option for when you need a snack on the go. Stop reading and go do that quick 10 Minute Workout At Home!
Sarah at Continuum Fitness