I hear moms say all of the time that they don’t have time to work out. The truth of the matter is that it is really hard to find the time because mom’s rarely ever put themselves first.
I was talking to my health coach, Leslie Begin, a few months ago about how badly I wanted to get back into the gym and she was encouraging me to start out slow. She said when you have been out of the gym for a while that often times we want to go back and hit the gym really hard. In reality making a few small changes and adding in some exercise here and there will really give you some results that you will see in just a few short weeks.
She then told me about her bath time work out. If your kids are anything like mine they will promise you their first born for five more minutes in the tub. Well this gives them almost 10 extra minutes in the tub and will give you guns and glutes. Hot moms unite!
So the bath time work out is simple and I will show you all of the exercises in a series of pictures. When you first start out you may want to do two rounds of each exercise and then you can add additional rounds and reps as it becomes easier for you. Also, many of the exercises would lend themselves well to using hand weights.
Pushups – 15 reps
You van do pushups on your knees or toes whatever your skill level is. Get into a high plank position and place your hands under your shoulders. Bend your elbows keeping them pointing behind you. Keep your back flat and your neck in a neutral position. Try to get your chest to graze the floor.
Lunges – 15 reps each leg
Stand straight with your shoulders back and your feet together. Step your first leg back behind you and bend your front knee at a 90 degree angle. Repeat with the opposite leg. It helps your balance to find a point on the wall to focus on.
Planks – 1 minute
Place your forearms on the ground with the elbows below your shoulders. Your arms should be parallel with your body. Ground your toes into the floor and squeeze your glutes to keep your body off of the floor. Keep your neck and spine in a neutral position.
Squats – 20 reps
Stand straight with your shoulders back and chest out. Place your feet shoulder distance apart or slightly wider. Squat using the knees like you are trying to sit in a chair. I do this on the side of the bathtub and my goal is to graze the side of the tub and stand back up.
Tricep Dips – 12 reps
Position your hands shoulder width apart on the side of the tub. Slide your butt off of the side of the tub and hover with your legs extended out in front of you. Bend at the elbow and dip down and then press up and straighten your arm.
These easy exercises are sure to do the trick and you can do them every other night if you would like. I like to add a quick little yoga session in between the days just so I am active daily but you could also follow this up with a short 10 minute cardio session.