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5 Tips for Busy Moms: How to Exercise at Home

5 Tips for Busy Moms: How to Exercise at Home

Getting into an exercise routine is tough, and even more so as a mom. There’s never enough time in the day, and when you do exercise, your body aches the next day and you feel like no progress has been made. But, we all know the benefits of exercising regularly: better health, greater happiness, and a reduced risk of disease. Thankfully, you can still get in regular exercise without having to hit up the gym. Here are five things you can do to make your at-home workouts a little easier.

Set a Goal

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    Without a goal, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You need to have something to work toward, and having the vague, undefined idea of exercising every day can lead to slacking. So, it’s best to figure out why exactly you want to get in better shape.

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    Do you just want to increase your flexibility, or are you looking to burn off some fat? The reasons you want to work out will affect what exercises you set out to do and how long you’ll have to spend on them each session. Do your best to come up with an attainable goal and write it down. This will help keep you accountable.

    Pick a Good Workout Routine

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      Once you have an idea of why you want to start exercising, you’ll next want to find a workout plan that allows you to reach your goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, you’ll want to find some good cardio routines you can do. If you’re trying to get toned, bodyweight exercises might be the better option. When doing research on a suitable routine, the internet is going to be your best bet here. Also, keep in mind that you’ll want to find routines that you can do in the space and comfort of your home. For example, this Lifehack article has more than a dozen stretches and low-intensity exercises you can do at work and that are easily adaptable for home workouts.

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      Set Aside Time

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        Obviously, you’re going to need some time to work out at home, whether that’s three times a week or every single day.

        “But,” you might say, “I don’t have any time!” While this is certainly true in some rare cases, there’s almost always a way you can make more time. Whether you choose to carve in a little time while everyone is in bed or you multitask exercising while cooking dinner, there’s always a way you can fit exercising in. Try your best to block out a regular part of the day and your habit will become much easier to fall into.

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        Get a Workout Buddy

        Get a Workout Buddy

          If you need some help committing, or you just want someone else to share the pain of exercising with, having a workout buddy can do wonders. Not only do you keep each other accountable, but you also motivate each other. By pushing each other to succeed, you’ll have more fun and you’ll progress much quicker and easier than if you were working out alone. If you’re having trouble finding someone to work out with, perhaps the kids can get active with you. Not only would it be a great way to connect with your children, but it’d also be a great learning experience for them as well.

          Map Your Progress

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            Nothing’s as motivating as seeing yourself make progress toward a goal. If you’re doing some simple exercises, consider keeping a workout journal and writing short entries about how the day’s workout went. In a short amount of time, you’ll be able to look back and see the progress you’ve made. If you stick to your routine, what once seemed so difficult will be laughably easy. Even better is if you can keep track of any quantifiable data, such as how many pushups you’ve done or how long you can hold a plank.

            Featured photo credit: 7 Simple Exercises Busy People Can Do Anywhere, Anytime via lifehack.org

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            Last Updated on April 2, 2020

            10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

            10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

            Flabby arms are something a lot of us have to tend to. If you find yourself buying a sweater or cardigan to go with your tank top or usually opt for the long-sleeved dress, then you’re not alone. Usually a result of genes, general excess fat or just ageing, it seems difficult to lose arm fat. The fat in our arms accumulates mainly around the triceps – the muscles on the back of your upper arm – and are prone to getting flabby if not exercised regularly.

            What we eat can also play a part in the extent of the jiggle so eating a good, healthy balanced diet as well as keeping well hydrated can put you on the right track. Resistance exercises are the most effective way to blast that underarm fat as well as strengthen, shape and tone your muscles. You can always go down to the gym and work up a sweat but who has time for that? If you want a convenient and quick alternative then you can easily manage an effective routine in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a set of dumbbells and you can start toning up those bingo wings with these 10 easy workouts.

            1. Tricep dips

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              Works: Triceps

              • Hands must be positioned shoulder width apart on a secured chair or bench.
              • Position your bum in front of the bench with feet hip-width apart on the floor and legs bent.
              • Straighten out your arms a little, keeping a slight bend from the elbow so to put more emphasis on the tricep and less stress on the elbow.
              • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly lower your body so that your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
              • Once in this position slowly push off your hands back to the starting position.
              • Do 10-15 reps.

              2. Bicep curls

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                Works: Biceps and shoulders

                • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out.
                • Starting with your left arm, bend your elbow to slowly bring the weight up to your shoulder holding the position for 5 seconds.
                • Slowly release the elbow and straighten your arm back down to the starting position.
                • Repeat the moves on the right side.
                • Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each arm.

                3. Push ups

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                  Works: Triceps and Deltoids

                  • Lying face down, place your hands on the floor roughly shoulder-width apart.
                  • Tuck your toes under and gently lift your body up, pushing through your hands and making sure not to lock your elbows.
                  • Slowly bend your elbows bringing your face roughly 2-3 inches from the ground.
                  • Slowly push back up through your arms. If this is difficult then do the same move but keeping your knees on the floor.
                  • Repeat 10-15 times.

                  4. Tricep Kickbacks

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                    Works: Triceps

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                    • Place a weight in each hand and kneel down onto the floor with your toes tucked under.
                    • Bend your upper body forward from the hips up and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle.
                    • Extend both your arms backwards while your palms are facing each other.
                    • Feel the tension in the triceps and return to the starting position.
                    • Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

                    5. Plank

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                      Works: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps and Core

                      • Start face-down on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees.
                      • Step your feet out so that they are slightly apart and come into the plank position.
                      • Make sure your body is straight, parallel to the floor and your bum is tucked in.
                      • Pull your abs in and hold the position for as long as you can. Try to aim for 20-30 seconds and build up to a minute.
                      • Repeat 3 times.

                      6. Tricep Extensions

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                        Works: Triceps

                        • Stand on a mat with your feet hip-width apart.
                        • Hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, bending the elbows.
                        • Bring the weight towards the ceiling, straightening your arms above your head.
                        • Lower back to starting position.
                        • Complete 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                        7. Lateral Arm Raises

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                          Works: Deltoids

                          • Stand with feel hip-width apart. With arms down the side of your body, hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in.
                          • Starting with your left side, inhale and slowly raise your arm so that it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure not to lock your elbow by keeping a slight bend.
                          • Make sure your arm is straight and palm is facing the floor.
                          • Exhale and slowly bring your arm back down to your side.
                          • Repeat on the right side.
                          • Do 10-15 reps on each side and two sets.

                          8. Overhead Press

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                            Works: Shoulders

                            • Stand up, lining your feet with your hips and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing out.
                            • Bring the weights to your shoulders.
                            • Keep your core muscles tight and straighten your arms above you.
                            • Slowly bring your arms back down to your shoulders.
                            • Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                            9. Bent Over Row

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                              Works: Triceps and Biceps 

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                              • Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
                              • Bend your knees and and then bend your upper body forward from the hips making sure you keep your back nice and straight.
                              • Make sure your hands are straight and placed under your shoulders.
                              • Bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest, pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.
                              • Slowly lower the weights in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps.
                              • Repeat 10-15 times.

                              10. Skull Crushers

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                                Works: Triceps

                                • While holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie on your back with your knees bent.
                                • Slowly raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
                                • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your weights so they are on either side of your head  with elbows bent and pressing in toward your head (being careful not to hit yourself in the face).
                                • Lift your arms back to starting position.
                                • Complete 2 or 3 sets, 10-15 reps each.

                                Featured photo credit: Maddi Bazzocco via unsplash.com

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