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Workout Wednesday: Ways to work out without working out

Workout Wednesday:  Ways to work out without working out

by Wendy Wright

3 weeks ago


Some days, I can’t even find 20 minutes to sneak away for a workout. Between work and baby-wrangling, the time for a workout just doesn’t exist. But since I’m a fitness nut and an exercise addict, I’ve found a few ways to sneak in some exercises. If you want to tone up during your day-to-day activities, try these exercises!

  1. Chair Abs

If you’re sitting in a chair (whether you’re at work on your computer or holding your baby in your lap), you can try this ab exercise. Keeping your knees bent at a 90 degree angle, lift your feet about a foot off the floor. Lean back slightly and keep your back straight while you contract your abs. Maintaining that 90 degree angle with your knees, bring your knees a few inches closer to your chest. Then, lower it and repeat. Do this is many times as you can. Rest, and repeat a few times.

  1. Bicep Curls

As a new mom, chances are you spend a good part of your day carrying grocery bags or a diaper bag. And as silly as it might look, you can use that time to work on your biceps. On the walk from the store to the car, do alternating bicep curls while baby sits in a baby carrier. Or, sit on the park bench a do bicep curls with the diaper bag. Although strangers might look at you funny, other moms will think it’s genius!

  1. Squats

You can squat anywhere and everywhere. No…I do not recommend doing squats in public. But I do recommend it while you’re working on your computer at home or holding your little one. Just squat down, hold it as long as you can, rest for a few seconds, and repeat. After three times, try doing fast squats or slow squats instead. You can do it whiles you’re cooking dinner, picking up toys, or anything!

There are tons of other exercises you can come up with to do day-to-day. Experiment, and try some new ones! If you’re pressed for time and can’t fit in a workout, scatter these exercises throughout your day.

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