Finding 5 minutes for exercise – you know it makes sense. But it’s so often easier said than done.
Whether you’ve just had a baby and need to relieve pain or lose baby weight, or your children are a little older and you need something that doesn’t take up much time?
So if you’re a busy mum and having trouble finding those spare minutes in your day, read on for our practical, mum-friendly suggestions!
1. Boiling the kettle
OK, it takes about 2 minutes before the kettle starts whistling – but the water will still be hot after 5! Keep standing and work out your Upper Body – how about the Bust Lifter or Bingo Buster workouts in our FitMama app, which you can do against the wall for a firmer bust or arms?
And if you’re looking for a more strenuous workout mums, try leaning against the kitchen worktop…
2. Cooking the dinner
Next time you’re cooking, just clock how much time you spend WAITING – for the pan to boil, the toast to pop, the chop to grill… So, instead of hanging about, fit in a short exercise INSTEAD! Stay standing and do some more UPPER BODY work – like our Waspy Waist workout of Fitmama app for (you’ve guessed it!) a trimmer middle to help us tackle those mummy tummys.
Use the pause button on our FitMama app if you have to stop and butter the toast!
3. Doing the Washing
We know, we know – you don’t usually pace up and down waiting for the washing machine to finish!
But while you’re there, you could use one of these appliances to SUPPORT you as you WORK OUT your BUTT with some squats (see our Rear In Gear workout). A swift 5 minute workout will relieve the boredom of washing, as well as firming you up! Perfect for postpartum period too when mothers need to tighten muscles after childbirth.
Or why not take the washing out of the machine piece by piece and do a squat each time. The Right and Wrong pages on our FitMama app will help you do it right…
4. Doing the housework
Next time you’re tidying or doing housework, take note of the NUMBER OF TIMES you bend down to the floor, whether that’s to pick things up, plug in appliances or put stuff away.
Now consider…if you assumed a squatting position, like in the same Rear In Gear exercise, you’d be WORKING OUT your rear at the SAME TIME! Not, strictly speaking, a workout, but something you could make into a very effective habit for a busy mum…
Check the Right and Wrong pages of our FitMama app to maximize the effect.
5. Running the bath
If your water pressure’s anything like ours, you’ll be lucky if the bath is full in 5 minutes! So it’s a great opportunity to get down on the floor – bathroom or otherwise – and work on your lower body.
Your abs will benefit from our Super Abs workouts, which is a floor exercise. Do in front of your baby to make him/her smile and giggle at mummy or get Junior to join in!
Hopefully, we’ve shown that it’s not impossible to fit a 5-min exercise burst into a BUSY MUMS ROUTINE. Give our suggestions a go – and do let us know your own tips for finding a precious few minutes whether post pregnancy or later!