Healthy mum equals happy mum equals happy family. We all know that having children is pretty much a full time occupation, so how do you find the time to get fit and achieve that slim waist you remember you had once?
Plan, plan plan
Like most things in life, having a clear plan is a great help when you start an exercise regime. Plan out what you are trying to achieve and set a goal (like a number of inches reduced from your waist or pounds lost). Then work out the exact steps you need to smash this goal – does it require a certain number of cardio sessions per week for example?
You can definitely achieve a slimmer waist without having to go the gym or buy costly equipment. If you set an appointment for exercise you are more likely to stick to it; write it up on your calendar or set a reminder so there’s no escape.
Have a look at your daily schedule, even make a record of a typical day if that helps. Identify all of the minutes that you could re-utilise for exercising – that 10 minutes on Facebook in the evening perhaps, or the time you spend worrying about what you’re going to wear for your workout?
It’s also a good idea to look at the times when you are already doing something, but could also fit in some exercise (we all know the one about pelvic floor clenching at traffic lights). A good example though, is when you’re waiting for the children’s food to cook – how about some stretches in the kitchen or a bit of running on the spot? (but definitely stay away from the leftovers!) The waist shaping favourites bicycle crunches and side planks were made for doing in front of the TV.
Waist trainers and trimmers are a great option for boosting your workout. You don’t have to go down the full Kim Kardashian route and wear one for 6-8 hours a day though! Wearing one whilst you exercise creates a ‘sauna’ effect around your stomach area, helping you to lose excess fluid and boosting your waist shaping efforts. Plus, thanks to clever design and smooth fabrics, no-one will know you’re wearing one! Having said that, there are some activities I wouldn’t recommend wearing them to. I tested out my waist trainer (in the name of research) at the various toddler groups I take my daughter to. The amount of sitting down, standing up, twirling around and lifting my daughter up wasn’t really complementary, and I ended up with very sore boobs! It was much better at football training with my son, especially if you can stand in goal!
Get by with a little help from my friends
My favourite tip by far is to exercise with your family. I’m not talking about military lunge drills here, just getting out and active. That could be running laps in the garden, a spot of hula hooping or skipping or chasing them on their bikes at the park. The Government guidelines recommend that school-age children have 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day, but many are falling short of that. So you can feel all warm-hearted that you’re all getting fit together (although I can’t quite persuade hubby to try out a waist trimmer!)
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Gemma is a mum to two children and has recently changed career from accountancy to internet marketing. She runs Waist Trainer UK and writes a blog as Mummy’s Waisted, which features healthy living and family life.
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