The focus for my next teleseminar is on Exercise and how to fit it into your busy lifestyle as a mum. As this week has been particularly hectic I thought that a list of tips would really work for both you and me! I am also investigating a new product and will be blogging about my journey and results as I go. If it works well then I may be letting you in on the secret!
So, if the thought of an exercise regime brings you out in a cold sweat here are 7 short and succinct tips to help you build it into your life and improve your overall health. If you think that you are not an exerciser then have a read of my blog post The Girl Who Does Not Jog and see if any of it strikes a chord!
If you haven’t been doing any exercise at all start with something reasonably easy. Begin with increasing the amount of walking you do, even if it’s as simple as making a point of always taking the stairs. If you can increase the speed of your walking all well and good but don’t go mad!
Experts suggest that 30 minutes of exercise a day is what we should aim for but you don’t have to do this all at once. 10 minutes in the morning, 10 at lunch and 10 in the afternoon and evening will do just as well. This makes it so much easier to fit in and you can vary the kind of exercise you are doing as well.
Find something you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy your exercise you will see it as a chore and you won’t carry on with it. If you enjoy what you are doing it is far more likely to become a habit and you are more likely to carry on with it.
Try to mix cardio and resistance work. Cardio vascular exercise is good for keeping your heart healthy and can be great fun if you choose dancing or Zumba. Resistance tones your muscles, meaning you look slimmer (even if you don’t lose any weight) and increases the amount of calories you burn even when you are sitting down (fantastic!)
Exercise with a friend! Much like tip 3, it will add to your enjoyment and mean that you are far more likely to stick to it. Partly because of the social aspect and partly because you will keep each other motivated.
Use ‘interval training’. Working at different exertion levels throughout your workout increases the effectiveness of your workout. It also means that you continue to burn fat for much longer even after you stop exercising, which has to be a good thing!
Get the whole family involved. Why not use it as family time and do something together on the weekends. Get out for walks or bike rides, train for fun runs or use your games consoles for dancing, Zumba or fitness games. Not only will your health benefit but your family relationships will too!
And to find out more tips on losing weight and living a more healthy lifestyle as a mums download my free Ebook “3 Secrets EVERY mum needs to know about losing weight”.