This workout is one of my all time favorite workouts and it is the one that I always go back to! The Windsor Pilates 20 Minute Workout! This workout is easy to do and is actually quite relaxing once you are familiar with the routine. It tones and strengthens your muscles and will give you better posture leaving you with a confident stride in your step!
Finding the time to get to the gym is tough! With work, kids, cleaning, cooking and on and on it just doesn’t seem to fit into my life very well! I do exercise but find the at home routines to be a better fit for me. Try this one with your kids, my daughter and I laugh the whole way through it!
Jumping Jacks 3 sets of 25.. kids and jumping jacks are hysterical!
Wall push ups 3 sets 25.. Stand side by side legs and arms shoulder width apart and move back and forth! again more giggles!
get the yoga mat out and sit legs apart facing eachother, hold hands and slowly move back and forth kind of like a teeter totter! Keep your abs pulled in and do as many reps as you can to build more strength.
Your kids will ask if they can do this every Saturday morning!
As you know that as a mom finding the time to exercise regularly isn’t always easy, that is why just doing a little bit everyday is better than only exercising once every couple of months. Today I was feeling particularly frazzled after a long and busy week so I took 5 minutes for Yoga! I would never claim to be a yoga expert! but I have been practicing for several years. Try this grounding and relaxing stretch to align yourself to get ready for your day.
Standing feet together hands at your chest for Namaste
Breathe! Inhale hands go straight up
pull the right foot all the way up the inner thigh and place the foot inside the inner thigh and hold it there
Pull the same knee all the way back as far as it can go
the key is to focus your eyes on something and hold your gaze
repeat left side
Don’t worry if you begin to sway! TREES SWAY!
Get grounded with tree pose.
I never worry about eating to much on holidays because the day after I do a full 24 hrs of nothing but a high protein/no fat diet. My food diary looks like this on a protein day.
Breakfast : Two boiled eggs, coffee sweetened with splenda or stevia and non fat half/half cream.
Lunch : left over turkey topped with non feta cheese
Afternoon treat is a non-fat latte
Dinner : grilled fillet of salmon (seasoned with salt,pepper, paprika,oregano and lemon juice with plain non fat greek yogurt on the side.
The 24hrs of protein will melt away the extra pounds put on from to many holiday treats.
You guessed it your beauty sleep is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family. Your body heals inflammation while you sleep that occurs during the day and can help reduce wrinkles,dryness, etc. Anti stress hormones are at their peak when we sleep which is why sleep is so powerful for healing. If you are having trouble sleeping start an exercise program during the day and drink some chamomile or lavender tea before bedtime.
We all know that morning crunch time that starts when the kids wake up and we have to get ready to get out the door, so finding time for exercise when your a mom is tough! I recently lost the 30 pounds of baby weight I had been unable to get off and one of the things I did religiously every morning was the Pilates 100! Lie on your back and bring the legs up to a 90 degree angle, (lower them a bit for a challenge once you feel a bit stronger ) then lift your head and shoulders up and start pumping your arms by the sides of your hips. Do this 100 times while you breathe in and out! It doesn’t sound like much but it will get the oxygen flowing through your blood and give you a boost of energy. It helped build my abdominal muscles back after having a c-section.