Did everyone see the news yesterday about the fact that only 20% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. What’s really scary is that almost 30 percent of us don’t get any exercise at all, according to the study from the Centers for Disease Control. Of course only a lucky few moms have a seemingly unlimited amount of time to exercise (Hello, Gwen Stefani….Reese Witherspoon?). The rest of us out here in the real world have waaaay too much to juggle and even if it’s a priority, chances are there are many days when it’s a scramble to find a place for “exercise” on that jam-packed calendar.
The good news is that you can fit in exercise while you’re, say, catching up on Modern Family. All you need are a couple of sets of dumbbells (this super compact set from Jillian Michaels is available at Wal-Mart ( it practically fits in a shoebox!) and a jump rope, like this one from NordicTrack http://tinyurl.com/4ka2yg3.
Start by doing 100 turns with a jump rope. Next do 15 squats while holding 5 or 8 pound dumbbell in each hand. Then add on 2 minutes of marching in place or jogging, kicking your heels up toward your butt. The next combo might be set of biceps curls followed by 1 minute of jumping jacks, and so on. Since you don’t rest between moves, your heart rate stays elevated the whole time and that really burns calories.
I also love Minna Lessig – Total Body Toning – 1 Minute Workout. All you do is stick in your player or computer and then choose the body part you want to exercise and for how many minutes. It magically customizes a workout for you. And since there are 115 different moves, you never have to do the same workout twice!
Whether you’re deciding on your own moves, or using a DVD, start with 15 minutes of exercise and over the course of two months or so, work up to 30 minutes. That’s all you need to do on most days of the week in order to meet the minimum guidelines for health. You owe it to yourself and your kids.
How do you fit in fitness? Any tips or tricks that the rest of us could use on the days when it seems impossible?
Written by Dana Sullivan Kilroy