Whether you’re a full-time or working MUM, it’s important to SQUEEZE time for yourself into your BUSY day.
And because SUMMER is just around the corner, why not take that time to ENERGISE and exercise your body?
We recommend these 7 everyday STEPS to prepare your body for summer – in JUST 25 minutes a day!
- Start your day with water
Your first steps of the MORNING should lead you to the kitchen. Because a glass of water on an empty STOMACH kickstarts your digestive system into action, DETOXING your body and circulating essential water-based elements through your system.
Japanese SCIENTISTS have proved that water helps fight ailments like acne, kidney disease, constipation and obesity – follow this link for more details.
Wait a while before EATING though, or you won’t feel the benefit!
- Scrub your body
Let your next steps take you to the SHOWER! (However difficult this may be for us Mums!) Gently rubbing your skin with a scrub HELPS improve circulation and removes dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of HEALTHY new cells.
Scrubbing also HELPS get rid of cellulite, and generally makes you FEEL tingly and refreshed. You can MAKE YOUR OWN scrub with used coffee grounds – just add olive oil and a little salt. And don’t forget to apply a light BODY lotion afterwards. What a great start to the DAY!
- Toast-time exercise
While you’re WAITING for the kettle to boil and the toast to pop, do a couple of QUICK exercises in the kitchen. Try some SQUATS from our FitMama app for firmer thighs, or lift up and down on tiptoes to tone your calves – your LEGS will look lovely in those summer dresses! Don’t forget to TRACK your exercises on FitMama – or download FitMama App here if you don’t have it yet.
Whether you’re at HOME or at WORK, don’t skip lunch – you’re more likely to graze just before dinner!
So why not prepare some healthy SNACKS in advance? Chop some fruit, add a few nuts and raisins, peel some carrots and make or buy a savoury DIP – yum! And don’t forget a big bottle of WATER to keep you hydrated. Low on INSPIRATION? Then visit our Pinterest board where we’ve posted heaps of healthy snack ideas!
- Ditch the car and avoid the lift
Did you know that many mums gain WEIGHT not during or after PREGNANCY but after going back to work? Yep – it’s because of the sit down office jobs so many of us do.
So if you can add a WALK into your journey to walk then do – and if you can’t, park your CAR at the far end of the car park and take the STAIRS instead of the lift. If you’re at home, move your ‘office’ to the park or playground, and perhaps try a bit of running with the PUSHCHAIR – that’ll amuse your baby for sure!
Join hundreds of other Mums who are watching our BeHappyMum #RealMum get on with her challenge exercise at home!
6. Plan 5 or 10 minutes of exercise at home
As you know, 5 or 10 minutes a day is all it takes to firm up. And you can FIT IN exercise when you’re doing other things. How about:
- Leg lifts or lower abs workout while you’re PLAYING with your child on the floor, a lovely waistline and bottom. See our FitMama video to trim your Waist
- Squeeze a book or yoga brick between your thighs while you’re COOKING or watching TV.
- A bust lifting EXERCISE anytime your arms aren’t occupied. See our FitMama App for Bust Lifter
It’s easy to find a few minutes for a workout – honest!
- Go to bed earlier
We all have millions of unfinished JOBS that make us guilty about going to bed. But look at this this way – the earlier you go to BED, the less time there is to snack! Seriously, though, a good bedtime ROUTINE is as important for you as it is for your child.
So drink a SOOTHING herbal tea, get those jobs out of your head by making a LIST for tomorrow and retire with a book (a paper one – the light from reading devices keeps you awake). Night night!
The GOOD NEWS is that these 7 steps to a Summer Body at home or on-the-go take no more than 25-30 minutes – NONE of which NEED EXTRA TIME!
As we said, one of our BeHappyMum REAL MUMS is following this program with the FitMama app. Watch her progress here and get motivated!
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