Easy Exercises You Can Do At Home
By Jennifer O’Neill
Exercise you can do at home! If you’re like most moms, you carefully choreograph your days to get everything done. And that means plenty of multitasking. Exercise, however, probably isn’t included in your dance. After all, you can’t get to the gym or do an exercise video while, say, cooking dinner or reading email.
But what if you didn’t need the gym or even a chunk of time to reap the rewards of exercise? “Doing squats while you brush your teeth or standing pushups in the kitchen only takes two minutes, and it makes a difference to your health,” says Shirley Archer, author of Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week.
Specifically, strength training has been shown to reduce depression symptoms, diabetes risk and back pain, plus strengthen your bones. It also boosts metabolism. Women who strength-train burn more calories in the 24 hours afterward than they would if they hadn’t worked out, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
In every room of your home is an opportunity to exercise, says Archer. So tap into your multitasking skills and try her easy routine. You can do the moves throughout your day — just try to do each move one to three times a day, three times per week.
Exercise: Single-leg Squats
Instead of just standing while working the toothbrush around your molars, work your hips, thighs, stomach and back too: