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5 Must-Do Exercises for Moms

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/7/2012 10:00 AM   :  13 comments   :  12,902 Views

Although I’ve always been physically active, I’ve had to force myself to focus more on strength training over the past few years.  My preference has always been cardio exercise (just because that’s what I like to do), but trying to keep up with my kids and carrying little ones around all day made me realize I needed to get stronger.  My youngest is now 10 months old and weighs over 20 pounds.  She’s not walking yet, so I still carry her on my hip for a lot of the day.  Since I don’t have lots of free time to head to the gym for long workouts, I’ve had to create my own programs that are time-efficient but still challenging.
 
My favorite workouts involve compound exercises, which combine two movements into a single exercise.  There are a number of benefits to these types of exercises:  they more closely mimic real- life movements since you rarely use muscles in isolation as you go about your day.  They also save a lot of time since you’re getting two exercises done at once. 
 
Here are 5 of my favorite exercises that target the muscles I’m using all day long, as I put one of my children down and pick up another:
  • Squat with Calf Raise and Overhead Press:  This exercise will give you strong shoulders and strong legs to help you lift properly and avoid injury. 
     
  • Wall Sit with Lateral Dumbbell Raises:    Another way to focus on core stability, legs and arms all at once. 
     
  • Alternating Dumbbell Bicep Curls with Forward Lunge:  I combine these two exercises to get upper and lower body at the same time.  Curl the weight up toward your chest as you lunge forward, then lower the weight down as your leg returns to the starting position.
     
  • Dumbbell Chest Press on Ball:  While this exercises focuses primarily on your upper body, it is also a workout for your core as you balance on the ball. 
     
  • Lying Straight Leg Raises:  If you’ve had kids in the past few years (or even if you haven’t!) you might notice that your core needs some extra attention.  This exercise is a challenge, even more so if you put your arms up over your head and bring them towards your feet as your legs raise up.
     
If you’re a busy mom like me, you appreciate getting a quality workout in a short amount of time.  These exercises target your whole body so that you can get stronger and then get on with your day!
 
 
What do you think?  Any exercises you’d add to this list?


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  • 13
    FATBASTICH: you can do them. Help moms and others can benefit from these exercises, too. - 8/23/2012   12:55:56 AM
  • 12
    The photo! I don't think it was a good idea to put a photo like this up!! There are too many irrisponsible people out there and a baby being lifted on a stability ball is asking for trouble. - 8/12/2012   4:48:20 AM
  • SOUTHERNBELLESC
    11
    What I seem to notice when I carry around my baby, and I get sore or tired, is that I think before Sparkpeople, I was carrying this much weight around on myself! Amazing how just 15 lbs makes such a difference. - 8/9/2012   9:25:33 AM
  • LAMASTERS77
    10
    These are definitely good, but I was honestly expecting to see more exercises using kids (bench pressing babies, using them as weights for leg raises, etc.). I really like the idea of dumbbells with the wall squats. - 8/8/2012   11:34:50 PM
  • 9
    Thanks! Added these to my fitness tracker and I'm going to do these. Good to have ideas for multitasking strength exercises! - 8/8/2012   9:50:49 PM
  • NICAAM
    8
    the plank...beginning push up position, stomach flat, back straight. Remain in this pose for 60 seconds. - 8/8/2012   8:26:36 AM
  • AISHAH7
    7
    I just left a comment but I never seem to see them. Why - 8/8/2012   5:47:51 AM
  • AISHAH7
    6
    I'm gonna give these a try myself. Always incorporate new exercises into my workouts. I never get bored. Just lazy sometimes. Lol - 8/8/2012   5:46:49 AM
  • 5
    slow and steady - 8/7/2012   10:59:52 PM
  • 4
    push-ups of some type. - 8/7/2012   9:58:27 PM
  • FATBASTICH
    3
    Too bad this is only for moms - some of these look like fun. - 8/7/2012   7:08:15 PM
  • 2
    I raised five children and it certainly never helped me put on any muscle from packing them around. LOL - 8/7/2012   5:58:23 PM
  • 1
    What happened to the print button? I would like to print this out to add to my workout. - 8/7/2012   12:39:20 PM

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