Try This 6 Minute Circuit to Get Moving!
Jessica Maurer + Margo Bradley
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” –Tina Fey
Right now, we are living in the time of the impossible. We are all the things to some incredible tiny humans. We are the mama, teacher, chef, playmate, maid, and so much more.
Now is not the time to focus on diets, scales, or blemishes. Mama, pay attention to your wellness and self-care routine. Move because it feels good. Enjoy the sunshine. Rest. Recharge. Recover.
Remind yourself that exercise is not an all or nothing situation. If you know you may skip your typical gym workout, schedule more movement throughout your day. Movement does not have to be done for a long duration or in special clothes. Try this short 6-minute circuit every hour in your office or home.
Do each exercise for 1 minute with little to no transition in between and cycle through again.
Jump Squat ¼ Turn
Stand with your feet hip width apart. Bend your knees and sit back with your hips. Press through your heels to stand up. Take a moment to zip your rib cage together and pull up from your pelvic floor, squeezing your vagina walls in & up. Bend your knees again & this time, jump into the air & turn to face the side of the room, landing with knees fully bent. Press through your heels to return to standing - taking a moment to contract your core & lift through the pelvic floor before repeating the squat & jump turn.
Push-Up & Shoulder Taps
While on your hands and knees, zip your core together in the middle of your torso to prevent your back from dropping then straighten your legs behind you. Your hands should be slightly wider than your shoulders. Bend your elbows to lower yourself towards the ground. Squeeze your core tightly as you press back up. Let your right hand tap your left shoulder & then left hand tap your right shoulder. *If you have an DR or are in your 3rd trimester, please do this exercise against a wall instead of the floor.
V-Sit & Rotation
Sit on the floor with your knees bent in front of you, heels on the ground & toes up. Clasp your hands in front of you, roll your shoulder blades into your back pockets, & lift your chest to the sky as you lean back slightly. Rotate so your shoulders and hands are facing the side of the room. Return to the center and focus on releasing your pelvic floor & core. Now, contract the core & pelvic floor again, rotate to your other side, & return to the center to release and repeat.