Fitness On the Fly for Busy Moms

Recent issues of celeb tabloids feature a Kim Kardashian who refuses to leave her house until she has reclaimed her “bikini body.” This puts enormous pressure on Kim and the legions of other new moms that cannot wait to be rid of the post delivery deflated tire-in-the belly. Well, the old adage that it takes 9 months to put it on and 9 months to take it off is true. Though getting to the gym may prove to be a challenge for most new moms, there are 2 very do-able workouts available to everyone—the two that I developed for at home and in the playground.

Kim Kardashian steps out post-baby looking comfortable and casual

Exercise is a big deal. It is that energizing force that makes you look good. It makes you feel good. It is that chunk of private time that allows you to turn off that twitter feed crashing through your brain and just tune out. Or, get creative. But, for most moms, such decompression is a distant memory. As a mom on kid duty, physically getting to a gym is the challenge. It’s impossible to go first thing in the morning. It’s impossible to go at the end of the day. If you are a stay at home mom with help, this may not be an issue for you, But for the working mom and mom without help, gym time  is one of those things that gets moved to the bottom of the to-do list.

As my once pert body parts started to flabbify, I made a resolution to stage my return to the gym. But–how? My time crunch was not going to change. So, I needed to find a way to boost my metabolism within the constraints of my lifestyle. What I discovered is that a gym is not actually required to get a good schvitz going. If you are creative, you can craft an effective workout anywhere and at any time. All you need is a door frame, a chair, a playground ball, hand weights, and resistance bands. Oh, and dose of determination.

JUST DO IT: Fitness on the fly!

PLAYGROUND–Monkey Bars: Try chin-ups: Hang with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart with your palms facing toward your body. Pull your body up until your head is above the bar, then slowly lower to the starting position. This works your core and upper body.

PLAYGROUND–Bench: Try lunges. Place your right foot on a bench about knee height. Step up and tap your left foot on the bench while fully extending your right leg. Slowly step back down with the left leg and repeat.

NOTE:  If you have an infant, simply strap him into an infant carrier and carry on!

AT HOME–Workout videos: The Fusion Bump DVD follows the “shock your body” mentality that is uniquely designed with body resistance strength training, toning, barre disciplines, power yoga, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, and circuit training. Pair the Bump DVD with Fusion’s Booty equipment bag and create a total home workout system.

AT HOME–All you need is a chair, resistance bands, magic circle, soft rubber ball, jump rope and great music. Do series of plies while holding back of chair. Do sit ups while crunching your core with the magic circle. Work out triceps and biceps w/ resistance band. Strengthen  inner thighs with soft rubber ball. Do push ups, too.

MOM TIP: Jumping robe for ten minutes is a mega calorie burner

Preview the Fusion Bump DVD:

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Feeling blue: A nail of a tale

When I hit 30, I gave up colored nail polish. Though I love the concept of seasonally turned out digits, the bold colors felt too cutesy for an old bat. So, I went for nude toes and buffed fingernails. It was an elegant look and super low maintenance. I didn’t have to deal with chipping and my neutral nails were a non-competitive backdrop for my oft dramatic ensembles. After decades of monastic adherence, I had a change of heart. This weekend I took my eleven year old daughter for mani/pedi day. She was having so much fun perusing the colors that I got in on the game. Suddenly I was testing colors on my toes: aubergine, teal, oxblood, black! I picked up a cobalt blue and marched to my station. Suddenly, the tedium of nail grooming was transformed into excitement. We walked, no-skipped home. I felt a youthful surge pulsing through my veins. My blue toenails made me feel sassy. Suddenly my old Chanel slides seemed of-the-moment.  And, just like that, I was converted into a pedicure princess.

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mani-chore

Overgrown nails. Wayward cuticles. Chipped polish. Gnarly nails are detestable. But, to me, equally detestable is having to spend precious free time getting a manicure. Manicures are billed as a pampering service-a treatment on par with a massage or facial. They are nothing of the sort. The process of nail grooming has zero of the inherent let-yourself-go type relaxation found in a massage or a facial. The hour long ritual feels like a monumental waste of time. Yes, I covet glamorous hands. But, as I try and relax into the soaking, cuticle trim and buffing of the nails, all I can think about is what I would rather be doing. I could tend to the nails myself. But, invariably, after filing on my own, they are just ragged enough to annoy me. So, after six weeks, I submit to the professional taming of my neglected paws. But, when the hand massage is offered, I demur. I have things to do!

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