Welcome to this week’s Mums’ Days Fit Club…we’re into the final straight now with less than a month before we set off for our holidays! So this week I want to talk about exercise and more precisely, exercises to do at home. When you’re a busy mum, juggling loads of different jobs and duties, sometimes getting that hour to workout just ain’t going to happen.

Protest haul competition and exercises to do at home

After last week’s #MDFitClub party I’ve got renewed vigour to really get fit and reach my goal. I’ve got myself an accountability buddy, I’ve reassessed my goals and I’m feeling really motivated! So, thank you to everyone who came to the party last week. If you would like to come to the pre-holiday Facebook party, it’s on Wednesday, 29th July at 8pm on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page. Sign up here and click “going” for your chance to win loads more prizes from the Protest Women’s Range, and a good ol’ chin wag about holidays and getting the confidence to get out in your swimmers! But on to exercises to do at home…

Exercises to do at home

There are some days making it to my exercise class is just not a goer..and in 2 weeks time I’m going to be a full time work at home mum as we embark on the 6 weeks summer holidays. I’m looking forward to it and will be taking a step back from work but planning and prepping will be the name of the game, especially when it comes to fitting in exercise. Cutting out travel time by coming up with some exercises to do at home will be crucial! Here’s some suggestions:

  • The 15 minute Full Body workout – of course! Any other workout DVDs would work too but if you have company from little people, it might be harder to do more than 15 minutes!
  • The 5 minute Workout! If you’re really strapped for time, this one’s for you from the 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris – he believes that Kettle Bell swings are THE best single workout for minimum effort and maximum results. I bought a cheap 10kg kettle bell from a supermarket, and it took me a while to get up to it but I can now do 50 in a row, and that’s me done! Here’s how to do a proper kettle bell swing from the man himself (is he wearing chinos??!) and I follow “Fleur’s Routine” here which takes 5 minutes! You’re welcome.
  • For the mind – Meditation. Apparently even 5 minutes a day is enough to quieten the mind and help you get focused! I’m aiming to do this every morning before the madness of the day. I’ll let you know if it works! The Headspace App comes highly recommended for getting started.
  • For those poor muscles – Stretches. In particular I’m interested in stretching my hip flexers. And for 2 reasons. 1) They hurt when I do certain exercises because I spend a lot of time sitting at a computer and squats and lunges exacerbate the issue and 2) I’ve read that if you stretch our your hips it’s great for the lower stomach! This looks like an easy set of stretches to follow, as do these… and your kids can join in too!
  • For the little ones – with little people around all summer it’s a great excuse to have fun exercising together. We’ve been enjoying playing outside in the sun in the mornings. It seems so naughty but sometimes we’re still in our PJs! Reuben loves it when I go on the trampoline with him. We also play chase and muck around in the garden, and we’ll be going on bike rides and walks too.
Protest haul competition and exercises to do at home

My attempt at a cartwheel!

What exercises to do at home do you like? And do you ever exercise with your kids?

In this video, featuring the workout clothes you can win below (!), Reuben and I are attempting to do the 15 Minute Fully Body Workout – I still managed to work quite hard!

Protest haul and Competition

I think a huge stumbling blog to exercising anywhere, at home or out and about, is down to confidence. Apparently … women don’t workout because they are embarrassed about how they look. Crazy but true and I can relate to it. I NEVER used to wear shorts as I didn’t want anyone to see my legs and I used to run in a cap pulled so far over my face I’m surprised I didn’t run into things.

And, although my confidence is way higher than those first days starting out in exercise, I still care about what I workout in. I want to be comfortable and the right outfit can bring me that extra confidence when I’m not feeling it. Which is why I love this month’s Protest sportswear competition – it’s rather more ‘out there’ than I would have worn back in the cap over my face days, but it’s insanely comfortable and fits so well I feel really happy in it.

Protest Haul and Exercises to do at home

1. ‘wild and free’ t-shirt – I love this tshirt (currently on sale for £18.39), it’s a really nice fit. A little bit baggy so it skims over any bits you might want it to and means you can flash a bit of neon sports bra too! It’s made from “Pro Dry” material, so it gets the sweat away from your skin asap whilst keeping you cool.

Protest Haul and Exercises to do at home

2. These pants (on sale at £31.99) are my new favourites.

What I want from workout trousers is something that rises up to my belly button, keeping my mummy tummy in place and unexposed, but doesn’t give you a wedgy. If you too want that, then these are the pants for you. I love them!

Protest haul and exercises to do at home

3. Finally, if that wasn’t enough neon pink for you, then you’re going to love the sports bra (on sale for £22.39!)!

It’s actually a little bit low cut and sexy, which is unusual for a sports bra! If you are on the larger side of the breasted scale (i.e. have big boobs), this is definitely more of a lower impact sports bra, so idea for stretching exercises to do at home, yoga and pilates. I would still wear it for aerobic exercise, such as running but might perhaps wear another sports bra underneath for extra support.

Protest haul competition and exercises to do at home

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