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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Stay Active At Home || Get Active With Us

I am probably the worse person when it comes to exercising at home.
It is hard for me to bring myself to do it but during the lockdown I need to do something and also encourage Lily-Mae to be active.
With sitting around for weeks and eating more, (I blame boredom for this) I noticed that my clothes is a little tighter then before, I feel bloated and unhealthy.
I need to do something to get moving more. Yes, I enjoy running but it isn’t enough to help my body tone up and keep the weight under control the way I like it.
Or maybe it is just an excuse to blame the lockdown for pilling the weight on and not the reason that I am eating like a pig...
I am not tanned up, fit person, I am a mother who likes to eat, keep active to some extend and also like to laze around.

I decided to add running 2-3 times a week into my routine and the rest of the days I will do home exercises to tone up and strengthen my muscles.
I am quiet lazy when it comes to exercising at home but I am going to set it up into mine and Lily-Mae’s routine..

She enjoys ‘Yoga for Kids’ on Youtube so I use that normally when she gets bored and the weather outside isn’t good to go out.
Yoga is very good for all ages and I looved the Yoga classes that I went to previously.

There is also a Ballet class on youtube called ‘lake swan ballet which Lily-Mae likes to watch and practise ballet along. We miss the ballet sessions she used to go to before the lock down.

We are going to keep active together because thats is the only way for me to be able to do it without being disturbed but also Lily-Mae will encourage me to get off my butt and do it. She can do yoga and I will follow my routine of strengthening exercises.

We set up an exercise mat into the lounge and I have put kids yoga on youtube on the tv.
I made an effort to change into my active wear to make sure I do it properly..

I followed some of the exercises from some Instagram accounts that I love such as @deniceemoberg, she is lovely and fit mama you have to check her out. She also does lots of healthy recipes on her Instagram..

Another Instagram account I like is @courtneydblack who also does some lovely work outs to follow at home.
Another account that I highly recommend to follow is @thefoodmedic owned by a very lovely doctor who share healthy meals and also some exercises.
There is so many Instagram accounts with tips of how to exercise at home and all are useful.

I did Bicycle crunches, where you lay flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground. Put your hands behind the head, then bring the knees in towards your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground.
Straighten the right leg out to about 45 degree angle to the ground while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow towards the left knee.Those are most effective for strengthening the abs. I didn’t count how many I did because it wasn’t too much to start with.  I will try to work harder on it during next few days.

The reversed crunches supposed to work in building strength and stabilisation while working a full range of motion, and has the big payoff of shredded abs.
Lay on the back with arms by your side. Bend the knees at 90 degrees and lift your feet up so your thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Pressing into the palms and engaging the core, lift the hops off the floor as you crunch your knees towards the chest. Hold the crunch at the top of the movement, then begin to lower the hips, controlling the descent and not letting the back arch off the ground.
( Here I was lifting my back arch and this was moving me off the matt😅 like a seal)

Squats meant to strengthen the legs, gluten and other muscles. It is a lower body exercise. I didn’t use any weights with this.
Stand comfortably and tense your abs like someone is about to punch you ( well as you can see on the photo that went out the window), look ahead and stand tall, pretend to sit back, pretend to sit before getting up.

These are some of the exercises that I tried. I am not putting too much pressure on myself at the start as I don’t want to be put off or too sore to continue with it. 10 minutes at the start and I am unable to walk.

To be honest I struggled and I would be put off normally now but this time I am just going to carry on and hope that I improve after several times.
I felt like a sausage rolling around couldn’t even keep my leg straight properly. And when the woman in the video was doing the reversed crunches I don’t know how she managed to stay in the same position, I was moving from my mat forward like a bloody Seal...
I then used 3kg weights and did some exercises for my arms and shoulders. I hope that if I get some sort of routine with the workout I will start enjoying it more and won’t feel like a seal..

But here we go I did it and I might feel it tomorrow but that is ok. It will be a ‘running day’ tomorrow...
I will try to keep it up and see how it goes. Don’t want to set my goals too high, I’m glad I got up and did it. I am happy to run 2x - 3x a week and exercise at home another 3x. I think that is a good plan to start with.

I also would like to mention my favourite workout clothes. I am abscessed with Gymshark wear. I have couple of leggings from the brand and also a vest that fits perfectly and is soo flattering. It is the only active wear that I feel comfortable in.
I am about to make another purchase from them so I might share in another post what I got.



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