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3 Quick Workouts for Busy Parents

When it comes to being a parent, you have to be a superhero. You leap over tall mounds of dirty laundry in a single bound, see through your kids’ excuses with near-telepathy, and bend time just enough to get everything done on schedule. But, for all your powers and talents, you just can’t seem to find the time or the desire to exercise. You’ve paid for gym memberships and the latest late-night wonder gadgets, but you can’t ever seem to stick with something.

It’s happened to all of us. We make a commitment and then find that something unexpected gets in the way. You plan to attend a 10 am spinning class but skip out because you have to take one of your kids to the doctor. You try to make the next class, but the universe interferes again and you quickly give up.

So, with all these distractions, how do we stick with something? Well, it might help to try a different approach. Create a workout routine that works around your busy schedule. Getting to and from the gym takes up too much of your valuable time, so do exercises that can be done at home or while you’re accomplishing other things on your never-ending list of to-do’s.

Arm Workouts

>> The simple push-up is a great exercise for pecs, shoulders and triceps. Do a modified push up from your knees and go down just far enough to do 8-12 repetitions. When you feel energized, exercise at a faster tempo and do more reps. When you’re a little out of it, move slowly and do fewer reps.

>> Throw a dictionary or any heavy-ish book into a bag and do one-arm curls as you walk in the park or at the market. You could also raise the bag up and down above your head (press) or raise your arm and lower your forearm (triceps extension). This can also be done with bags of groceries (park a little further from home).

Leg Workouts

>> When you walk, take long steps and bend a little deeper with each step (mini-lunges).

>> If they’re old enough, shadow box with your son or daughter, or do jumping jacks, deep knee bends or long-jumps together. You’ll both enjoy it!

 Combo Workouts

>> Depending on the size of your kid, lift your child up and down CAREFULLY (or you can toss them in the air with all your strength, depending on how much you like them at the moment)–fun for parent and child.

>> Lie down, hold a towel from both ends and then put your feet up against it. Push out against the towel with your feet as you pull at it with your arms.

The more flexible you are, the more creative you’ll get and the less your workout will seem like a chore. Listen to yourself. If you don’t feel like doing something specific, then change things up and try another exercise. The trick is to stick with it. If you have a variety of exercises that you can do in just a couple of minutes, you leave yourself without excuses and will be more likely to continue exercising, which will make you feel better and make your body stronger–things every parent could use in the fight against the ravages of parenthood.


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Connie Stephenson is a financial consultant and content contributor to sites offering purchase order financing.  She says you can discover which purchase order loan rate you might qualify for by checking out this PO factoring blog.
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