Being a mother is a full time job, and while you are at it, often you forget whether you have eaten, finished your chores or even what the task at hand was. You don’t even remember when was the last time you got proper sleep! So you have forgotten all about hitting the gym. And being on the move round-the-clock for your child requires you to #StandStrong. Here’s how you can build your physical fitness while offering the best of your time to your child.
Walk for 10 minutes before every meal
If you make it a habit to put in about eight to 10 minutes of exercise before every meal, it will help with digestion and burn a few calories. If you can climb up and down a flight of the stairs, great, if not, at least walk or spot jog. You don’t need any special clothes or equipment for it, and will boost your metabolism.
Do push-ups on your wall
These are relatively easy to do, and not time-consuming. While you wait for your kid to get out of the room, quickly indulge in a set of push-ups. You can also do them at the kitchen counter, if you are waiting for the food to cook or milk to boil. Place hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart on the wall, just below the height of your shoulders. Then move back a few steps so that your body is in a slant. Slowly raise your heels so you are standing on your toes and lower your chest towards the wall. Keep your body straight. Start with two sets of eight each and gradually increase to three sets of 12.
Do leg raises in bed
Your legs need all the boosts of strength they can. This way, you don’t have to specially take out time to do these since you can do them when you wake up from a nap, and yet achieve results. Lay on the bed with your arms on the side. Pull your tummy in, and raise your right leg up until you achieve a 90 degree angle. Slowly lower the right leg while raising the left leg simultaneously. Don’t touch your legs to the ground until you finish a set. Again, start with two sets of eight each and until you reach gradually increase to three sets of 12.
Pranayams when you have the time
Yoga philosophers say that everything in the body is ultimately related to the breath. So if you don’t find time to do yoga exclusively, at least get your breathing on point. Pranayams are easy, and can be don’t when sitting stationary anywhere, anytime. The easiest way is to do equal breathing in each nostril, while blocking the other. Breathe in through your right nostril, blocking the left for a count of three. Hold that breath of a count of six. Exhale through the left nostril for a count of three and hold for a count of six. Repeat the process reversing the nostrils. Do it at least three times at one shot.
Work your joints when sitting
When you are sitting on a chair, you can rotate your ankles clockwise and anti-clockwise. Aim for ten times in each direction on each leg. Apart from the ankles, sit straight and lift your legs up and down from the knees. Again, 10 times on each leg. This keeps improves the mobility of the joints.