Quick Mummas Circuit (cause running ain’t for everybody.)
I know I speak for many of you when I say some days I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE exercising. I know all the benefits of it and I know it’ll make me feel so much better but it still doesn’t make that first set of squats come any easier. If you're like me and don’t like leaving the house without some description of make up on and looking somewhat half alive then this is a great circuit you can do in your PJs. It means you don’t have to get the whole household ready to leave the house, which for me is a big bonus. Just a little space on the lounge floor will suffice or a patch of grass in the back yard and you hot mumma have your instant gym.
Being 8 months pregnant and in desperate need of a hip replacement has changed my training over the past few years so running is no longer on my agenda. Remember too, it's not always about completely exhausting yourself and dripping with sweat. If you can work your muscles in a controlled fashion and work on strengthening your entire body then you’re doing something positive for your health.
Running isn’t the only way to get to your goals. And this quick circuit, I think you’ll find, will be just as effective in helping you burn fat, feel great and tone up. Not to mention, you don’t need a whole set of running clothes, shoes and a bra that wraps you up like Fort Knox to do it.
If you’re big busted or just starting on the fitness band wagon, running might not give you the long term satisfaction your after. Sure, power walks are great, but the constant bouncing and jarring on your joints if you’re new to running and not a natural runner, will probably leave you feeling defeated, uncomfortable and possibly even injured and nursing painful shin splints for the next month every time you step foot out the house.
If you love running and you live for it, then by all means continue, running definitely has its place (I used to be one of those people, so I know how good it can feel). However if you feel forced to run like it’s the ONLY way you are ever going to reach your fitness goals, then think again. Doing a quick 15-20min circuit 2-3 times a week can be just as beneficial and the fact that you don’t even need to leave the house should make these circuits your go to form of exercise.
This quick circuit is easy to do anywhere, anytime. You can even hold your baby while doing some of the exercises. Or if they are old enough they can try and do them too. (sounds good in theory right?)
3 Rounds 15 reps of each. DONE!!!
- Squat & Press (find something to hold & press and you stand, drink bottle? Baby?)
- Step ups (15 each side)
- Push ups (with hands on bench if needed or on knees)
- Dips (on chair or couch)
You can even start just doing 10 reps of each, and you might only fit in one round before your are summoned for your next mum appearance but it's SOMETHING!! And thats what counts :)
Written by Nikki Clarke.