Nikki J is wearing the 'Fit2Feed Bra' in stripe and the 'High Waisted Bike Shorts.'
Quick Mama Circuit (because running isn'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 a little make-up on and looking somewhat half alive, then this is a great circuit you can do at home! It means you don’t have to get the whole family ready to leave the house, which for me is a big bonus. Just find a little space on the lounge floor, or a patch of grass in the backyard...and you...hot mama have your instant gym!
Being eight 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 focus on strengthening your entire body, then you’re doing something positive for your health.
Running isn’t the only way to hit your goals. And this quick circuit 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 just to do it!
If you’re big busted or just starting on your fitness journey, running might not give you the long term satisfaction you're after. Sure, power walks are great, but the constant bouncing and jarring on your joints if you’re new to the road will probably leave you feeling defeated, uncomfortable and possibly even injured.
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're 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 is a serious 'mum win.'
This quick circuit is easy to do anywhere, anytime. You can even hold your baby while doing some of the exercises. Or, if they're old enough they can try and do them too. (Sounds good in theory right)?!
3 rounds x 15 reps of each. GO!
- Squat and Press (find something to hold and press as you stand - drink bottle)?
- Step-ups (15 each side).
- Push-ups (with hands on bench if needed or on knees).
- Dips (on a chair or a 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 that's what counts.
YOU'VE TOTALLY GOT THIS!
Written by Nikki Clarke.