For most moms, time restrictions can push staying fit to the lower end of the priority list. But working out doesn’t have to take forever. Today, I’m sharing four of my favorite time-saving exercises for those busy homeschool days. It’ll take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and you will feel all the wonderful endorphins you need to take on your day. Best of all, these moves yield noticeable results when done regularly.
Why am I writing this post? I ran a poll on my social media platforms, and many of you voted that you wanted to see my workout routine. I lost 20 pounds and kept it off, and you guys wanted to know the “scoop.” So, here I am, showing you how I maintain my figure in the midst of managing a home, homeschooling my children, and running a business. I’m not an expert, but my husband is a certified fitness trainer, and he has approved this post.
Before we get into the exercises, here are three time-saving tips for working out on a tight schedule.
Three Time-Saving Tips for Working Out On a Tight Schedule.
- Opt for HIIT Workouts—With high-intensity interval training, you’ll only need 20 minutes to get the same results as your average 50-minute workout. Why does HIIT work so well? Because it combines short bursts of intense exercise with lower-intense exercises, confusing your muscles and burning more calories even long after your workout ends.
- Incorporate Multilateral Movements—The more directions your body moves, the more calories your body burns, and the less time it’ll take to achieve a good quality workout. Think about involving movements that are high and low, left and right, and forward and backward.
- Aim for Total Body Exercises—You want to engage as many muscle groups at one time as possible to maximize the burn in a short period, so total body workout moves are best. A deadlift is an excellent example of a full-body exercise. It works your quads, glutes, hamstrings, adductor magnus (inner thigh), lower back, mid-back, calves, traps, and abdominal muscles.
My Favorite Time-Saving Exercises for Busy Homeschool Days.
Now, for my favorite time-saving exercises for busy homeschool days. Get the kids involved, make it part of your PE lesson, and kill two birds with one stone! The entire family will be on the road to fitness.
1. Jumping Squats
Jumping squats are explosive movements that work your upper and lower body simultaneously. This power move works your quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes, lower back, obliques, abs, and shins. Even more? Jumping for 10 minutes is equivalent to a 30-minute run because it takes more energy to propel upward than it does forward. So, ten minutes of jumping is all you need!
Click here to see a jumping squat.
Need a starting point? Try 4 reps of 30-second intervals.
2. Kettle Bell Swings
Kettle Bell Swings are great for improving balance and posture—which is essential for the entire family, especially if you’re spending your homeschool days sitting at a desk. This exercise also strengthens your core, glutes, hamstrings, quads, back, deltoids (shoulder muscles), and arms.
Click here to see a kettle bell swing.
Need a starting point? Try 4 reps of 10 sets.
Pushups are great for working your pectoral muscles (a natural bust lift), triceps, and shoulders. They also strengthen your lower back and core. Pushups are wonderful because you can do them just about anywhere, and it doesn’t take many of them to feel a good burn. Not to mention, they yield quick, noticeable results when done regularly.
Click here to see a standard push up.
Need a starting point? Try 2 reps of 10 sets.
Planks are another exercise that’s effective for improving posture. They strengthen your spine, your rhomboids (those muscles responsible for upper limb movement and stability), and your trapezius (large back muscle). This exercise also works your inner core muscles, resulting in flatter abs than the traditional crunch.
Click here to see a standard plank.
Need a starting point? Try 2 reps of 30-second intervals.
Well, there you have it. This isn’t my exact routine, but I did share the power moves I use to make the most of my workouts. I actually have three workout plans customized for my needs and fitness goals. With that said, speaking with a knowledgeable trainer and letting them draft you a customized workout plan is the best investment you can make for your fitness journey. If you want to see these workouts in action, check out my Instagram stories.
Cheers to stronger moms!
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