Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wellness Wednesday! Exercise? When?!
I have heard it, you have heard it. Exercise! With so much going on in our lives, how do we have time to fit it all in? I found this small article in Parenting magazine, March 2010 issue that will tell us just how :)
We've heard the advice--just squeeze in bits of exercise throughout the day to see results. Um, when exactly is that supposed to happen? Parenting senior editor Deborah Skolnik put Mom Squad fitness expert Sharon Monplaisir to the test.
6:45 AM: Wake up, shower, get dressed for work. Work your arms and shoulders post shower, when muscles are loosened up from the hot water. Do two sets of five to ten standard full-body push ups (put your knees down if you're not quite there yet).
7:30 AM: Wake the kids and help them get dressed.
8 AM: Commute to work. Ab time: Pull your belly toward your spine; hold for 10 to 20 seconds (keep breathing!) Repeat four times.
9 AM to 6 PM: Work. Stretch your hips and legs while stuck at our desk. From a seated position, put your right ankle on top of your left knee and learn forward toward your legs. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds, then switch. Do three sets.
7 PM: Arrive home, make dinner. Got Milk? Grab one-gallon jugs and do two sets of bicep curls, 10 to 15 reps.
7:30 PM to 10 PM: Help kids with homework, put them to bed, watch TV. Do commercial-break cardio: Jump imaginary rope for one to two minutes. Next break, try lunges for at least one minute.
10:30 PM: Bedtime. Phew!