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Turning Everyday Activities Into A Workout

I’m not sure why, but for some reason after having children, getting a good work out in goes out that window. Okay, I’ll be honest. I’ve never been much on actually going to a gym. I tried it, but must admit that I’m just too self-conscious plus squirrel brained to stay focused. What working out I have managed to do has always been in the form of some type of dancing (yep, I was a Zumba instructor) or with some YouTube videos in the comfort of my home.

I can’t say I’d have it any other way, but something I would change is how consistent I am with doing some type of movement that burns calories. What I’ve managed to do is take every activities and turn them into a workout. Am I consistent yet? Nope. But when I do it, it’s so much fun and I’m burning some mad calories!

You may burn some calories laughing at the rest of this post, but I’m so serious about what I want to share with you. I know hope there are other mamas out there that feel the same way I do and would love a little boost in knowing that they can get a workout in… especially through activities they’re already doing. So, keep reading for my 4 ways to turn everyday activities into a workout!

Oh, and the names I have given these workout moves came from the top of my head. I haven’t researched them to see if they’re a thing or not, so if they are, kuddos to whoever thought of them first!

Rise & Shine Crunches

These are the crunches you do when you raise up out of bed in the morning. Give yourself an extra workout by laying back down and raising up about five more times. Trust me when I say you will see progress. After having our baby boy (a year ago) I could tell a big difference in my postpartum stomach muscles. Basically, I couldn’t sit up without help. Now, I make it a point to tuck, squeeze, and sit up using my stomach muscles.

And if you’re wondering about those midnight rises… YES! They count too!

Cook & Step

This is probably my most favorite, plus the kiddos get a kick out of it too. If I’m going to be in the kitchen cooking for awhile, best believe I’m gonna make a jive out of it. While standing at the stove start with a little side to side step. Then add a little forward and back stepping. And while you’re stirring go ahead and add a few butt kicks.

I know you’re thinking, “She can’t possibly be serious!” Oh, but I am! You know you can see it!

Squat Clean

This sounds like what it’s called. When you’re cleaning up all those toddler toys that you regret buying your littles, you can turn around and thank them for contributing to your soon-to-be tight tush. Seize every moment of picking something up off the floor as a moment to do a squat. Don’t even try to count them either because it’ll probably be way more than the 3 sets of 10 that you’d normally do at the gym.

Toddlerthon

This one requires leaving doors to rooms open and allowing your toddler to get a few seconds head start. If your toddler is anything like mine, as soon as you say GO! aaannndd there off! I’ve never seen little people run so fast until they see a way of escape. They instantly turn into 100 meter dash sprinters!

There you have it! Four ways to turn everyday activities into a workout… and a meaningful one at that! I’m not exaggerating when I say that these kind of workouts can burn some major calories. Now at to that nursing, running errands, and yelling at correcting the children all day and I think it’s safe to say that you can skip out on that gym membership!

CHIME IN: What are some unique ways you squeeze in a workout but without the gym? Let me know in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “Turning Everyday Activities Into A Workout”

  1. I love these!! I do love going to the gym and hav Enid’s it this last month due to surgery, but if I would have thought outside my box I could have been working out at home instead of wallowing in my I can’t get to the gym attitude!

    1. Woot woot!! If I could get around my gym issues I think it would be an awesome option to get some “me-time”! But until then, the toddlerthon it is! LOL

  2. I’m going to start a cook and step at my house! I love it!
    I try to incorporate playing with my kids and a workout. I lay on my back, put my toddler on my feet, raise my legs and face to give the child a kiss. They love it and I love it.

  3. My husband has been trying to get into working out and getting our kids to participate (even though they are naturally very active already). He will do sit ups and push ups and make it like a game for the kids to try and do them. As for me, I will eventually get back to more exercise once I recover from our baby that’s due any time 🙂

  4. I love the idea of turning every day activities into workouts! I always park in the back of parking lots to get extra steps in!

  5. I actually do the cook and step. My kids get the biggest kick out of it! There are so many ways that with a little extra movement u can burn so many more calories!

  6. These are some great tips for fitting in some excersize into your everyday life. I love your names too! They will help me to remember them! I don’t like to go to the gym either so doing some small excersizes here and there is such a plus. Thanks for the tips!

  7. These are really cute ideas! Toddlerthons (or “Chase” as we call it) happen often in our house. I’ve never thought of dancing while cooking, but it’s something I could definitely start.

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