So you’ve got a busy social life, work long hours and commute one hour each way every day? Or you are have a baby and a toddler and a hungry partner that expects food at the table each evening when they come back from work? I hear you…
But exercise doesn’t have to take up all of your day. Not even 30 minutes at a time! The WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week for 18-64 year-olds and it can be done in bouts of 10 minutes. It also doesn’t mean just sports. It includes walking, dancing, gardening, household chores, etc.
Here are a couple of short workouts to add to your day if you feel you aren’t achieving this or just want to work a little harder and burn extra calories (that nice pain au chocolat or cheesecake)!
If you are a new mum – and you have had your 8-week postnatal check and an ok from your GP, – you could try the basic squat and sumo squat with your baby on a sling. I would not recommend the jump squat with a baby but you could adapt it so that you do a (gentle) baby lift followed by a squat. This way you work your arms too!