Monday, September 19, 2011

I've Got a Feeling... and a Fit Mommy Tip

Exercise: 20 mins HIIT on elliptical with 5 mins each cool down and warm up.

Tonight's not going to be a good night. Oooh man today has been rough. After being up multiple times in the night Little man woke up pretty grumpy with a low grade fever we attributed to teething. It kept rising throughout the day and spiked to 104 this evening. I was on my way to take him to Urgent Care but he fell asleep in the car. I turned around and transferred him to his crib and I've decided to let him sleep and check on him every hour with the temporal thermometer. It makes me a little nervous, especially since Music Man isn't here to calm my nerves. I've only been a little out of my mind ;) And I fear sleep may be shoddy at best again tonight.

We have a fairly regular schedule around here and today has been totally off so it feels really weird. I even forgot to eat lunch. I never do that. I knew I wasn't going to be able to get in a normal workout so I just decided to do what I could. Today I decided to just focus on some HIIT to get the most bang for my buck. And it was a fantastic work out. I was pouring with sweat. It made me think of how hard it is for busy moms to get in a workout so...

Fit Mommy Tip #1

Do what you can when you can and make it count. So often we find ourselves strapped with time constraints and we blow off doing a workout because we can only fit in 20 minutes. 20 minutes is enough time to burn 200-300 calories depending on your size. That's like a glass or 2 of wine or a small dessert or a big yummy salad. And a 200-300 calorie deficit a day results in about a 2 pound monthly weight loss, which is awesome.

Some things you can do:

*Elliptical: 2 min warm up. 5- 3 min intervals of 1 min low intensity, 1 med, 1 high and 3 min cool down.

*Treadmill: 2 min warm up. I would do 1 min at 5mph, 1 at 7mph then 1 at 8mph or something like that then 3 min cool down. You could also heighten the intensity with incline and go a bit slower.

*Street: Do a walk/ jog warm up then jog 1 min, run 1 min, sprint 1 min then cool down.

*You can also just do 1 min high, 1 low or 30 sec high and 1 min low. These can be altered with a shorter warm up and cool down to be effective even if you only have 10-15 minutes. You can even try some Tabata. Do what works for your body. But WORK IT OUT. It's not worth it to mess around.

*I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels' DVDs, she is no nonsense and if you follow her instruction you can get a good workout in a short amount of time.

*If you want to get a bit more advanced look here for some good workouts

Never again do you have to blow off a workout because you only have a short period of time.

Have a great evening and a great start to your week.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips for a new mama like me. Too often I will blow off a session if I know I won't have the full time available. Thank you for reminding me of the obvious!


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