Naptime. It’s a total gamble on how much time you’ll get to yourself. And let's face it, that time to yourself is hardly ever spent on self-care or catching up on activities for your personal enjoyment. Usually, naptime is spent scrambling trying to clean or accomplish any tasks that you haven't been able to get around to. But if making some time for fitness is one of your personal goals, naptime can feel like the only chance you get to squeeze in some squats. Lucky for you, we've got this simple 10-minute full-body workout that you can easily fit in while the kids are napping.
1. Sumo squats - 60 seconds
Start by standing with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart and pointing your toes facing outward at 45-degree angles. Place your hands on your hips and squat. Try to stay low and pulse for five counts. Squeeze your glutes and stand up.
2. Reverse lunge - 60 seconds
With a reverse lunge, you’ll begin in a standing position and step backward with one of your legs. Bend your back leg so the knee nearly touches the ground. Bend your front knee so your knee is directly above your ankle. Keep your weight on the front foot, and make sure that it stays firmly planted throughout the exercise.
3. Side plank - 30 seconds on each side
Begin seated with your right forearm on the floor, stacked under your shoulder. Extend your legs to the side and stack your feet. Press through your feet and forearm to lift your body into a side plank position. Hold. Repeat the set on your left side.
4. Cat/cow - 60 seconds
Get on your hands and knees with a neutral spine. As you move into cow pose, press your chest forward and allow your belly to sink. Lift your head and relax your shoulders. As you come into cat pose, tuck in your tailbone, and draw your pubic bone forward. Release your head toward the floor and relax.
5. Kick-ups - 60 seconds
To get in position for kick-ups, start seated with your legs extending in front of you. Bend your knees and bring your feet to the ground. Place your hands behind you with your fingers pointed in toward your back. Lift your hips and straighten your arms so your body forms a table position with your core pointed toward the ceiling. Lift your right leg into the air, lower, and continue while alternating sides.
If you’ve got time for the full 10 minutes, repeat all five exercises one more time! Want to combine fitness and family time? Check out these 5 ways you can stay fit with the whole family!