Ask the Trainer – 5 Simple Workouts for the Busy Mom

Richard Pine is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, has been with Metro Run and Walk since 2004, and currently coaches the MRW Training Programs.

Richard Pine is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, has been with Metro Run and Walk since 2004, and currently coaches the MRW Training Programs.

As a busy mom, what are some simple and fast exercises I can do to include with my running and walking?

One of the greatest challenges that many people face when it comes down to working out and exercising is finding enough time in our busy schedules to workout. For many people, the will to hit the gym or lace up the running shoes is there, but the breakdown occurs in the execution. Whether it is because of a crazy work or school schedule, keeping up with the mundane routines of life, frantically driving the kids around, or simply putting your feet up to catch a breather, getting that workout in typically gets shelved with the good but often neglected intention of “doing it later when I have more time.” Time however, somehow has a way of continuously eluding us and as a result, getting that workout in involves radically shifting that intention into action.

That may sound like hard work, but the key to turning that intention into action is seamlessly blending that action into your lifestyle so that it is no longer “work” and yet another chore on the “To Do List” but simply a part of who you are and what you do. When choosing your workouts, set simple goals that can easily fit into your schedule and then if you have time to do more, it becomes an added bonus. When your workouts are approached with this perspective, it becomes easier to manage and accomplish the smaller goals and work it into any part of your day on a regular basis as opposed to having this overwhelming task of a long arduous workout that does not end up happening and as a result, all or nothing kicks in and nothing wins more often than not.

With that said, here are 5 simple exercises designed with flexibility in mind. If you are limited on time, they can be performed individually or if you have more time, they can be performed as a circuit workout or added in any combination to a run/walk workout. As this month is Mother’s Day, this is particularly dedicated to all you busy moms, but even if you are not a mom, these are still some great exercises that you can include into your exercise routine on a regular basis.

Have Fun!

5 Simple Workouts for the Busy Mom

Perform 10-20 repetitions of each exercise or however many as is comfortable for you.

Circuit Workout:

Complete each exercise in quick succession for a total of 2-4 times or more if you want more of a challenge!

#1 Alternating Arm/Leg Extensions – Core Challenge – Abdominals and Back

#2 PushUps – Extensions – Chest, Arms, and Core

#3 Floor Tricep Dips – Tri Toner

#4 Alternating Toe Touches – Core – Abdominals

#5 Side Leg Raises, both Left Leg and Right Leg – Hips and Glutes Buster

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