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Fitting in Fitness

Fitting in Fitness

The number 1 excuse I hear from people about why they don’t exercise is “I haven’t got time”. Bollocks! I have full time working mums with 5 kids finding the time to come and use my gym at least 3 times per week. Whilst the gym is not for everyone, we can all find the time each day to do something that will undoubtedly benefit us and make us feel happier and healthier.

We all have 10 mins a day to fit some form of exercise in. You don’t need to spend an hour at the gym sprinting on the treadmill or pumping iron. Sometimes, 10 minutes is all you need to get a sweat on.

Lots of people ask me whether you can actually do anything worthwhile in just 10 minutes – of course you can! If you work hard enough in those 10 mins to get a sweat on, become a little breathless and feel your heart pumping, then it’s working! The hardest thing is actually starting.

So once you’ve set aside 10 mins each day to workout and start to reap the benefits, 10 mins can become 15 and 15 can become 20. Before you know it you will be exercising for 30 mins each day and feel so much better for it!

You can start your 10 minutes off by getting up earlier and fitting your workout in before the kids get up. Or if you’d rather do it when they go to bed then you can fit it in then – you can have the TV on in the background if you prefer. But no matter how tired you feel, try to make the time for those 10 minutes. It doesn’t always have to be a workout. You can walk or jog in your lunch break or check out the ideas below to fit in a quick blast:

pheebs walking

What can you do in 10 mins?:

Start off with some really basic exercises like star jumps, squats, press ups and sits ups. This combination will get your heart pumping, work your legs, arms and abs. Start off doing each exercise for 10-12 repetitions and continue until 10 minutes is up. Then have your rest time.
Stair runs are a great way to get a sweat on – try running up and down your stairs for 10 mins. Each time you do 4 stair runs (up and down), then do 30 squats at the bottom and carry on with this until 10 mins is up!
Sprinting – try walking outside in the fresh air. Sprint for 30 secs and then walk for 30 secs. Do this for 10 mins.
My Peak WODS – perfect exercise inspiration every time.

Don’t be put off exercise because of the kids – get them to join in. Also if you have mobility problems, all exercises can be adapted. Plus being active will go a huge way to improve mobility problems. I’ll be the first to admit that during the holidays I struggle to get to the gym (even though I actually own one!).

Instead, I accept that I might not be able to keep my routine on track but I adapt this to fit in with what we will be doing. So I might get my daughter to join in with an at home workout. Or whilst she’s playing or relaxing, get in some WOD’s. If I don’t get the chance to do that, then I make sure as a family, we get out walking and exploring the beautiful countryside.

So, try the above tips and let me know how you get on x

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