Have you heard of the Denver Hot Mamas? They are serious about getting mamas into shape. Here's an excerpt from their website:
Do you want a rock solid core? A tush from which you can bounce a quarter? Longer,leaner, lithe muscles? Better posture? A better sex life?
Hello, yes. Yes I do. I'd love to be a Hot Mama. But, despite the fact that they offer studio classes (with childcare!!) AND stroller classes…it's not gonna happen. Most days, I can barely get the three of us out of the house with sanity intact, and now adding in an element of having to be on time? Yeah. Wow. Nope.
My only chance of accomplishing my half-hearted "think about maybe getting in shape" resolution lies in a workout that I can do at home. And it must fit into either the small slice of time between R going down for his short little nap and P waking up to nurse…or the 30 minutes immediately after my husband gets home from work (any later and I'm too tired).
And I don't want to do it everyday – so results have to be possible on just a few days a week. This work-out window competes with my "shower and dry hair" window…or my "eat lunch" window.
(Wow, this post is depressing. I can almost hear my motivation running away screaming.)
But the good news is that even the sleep-deprived, un-showered, mom-of-kids-who-hate-napping can find not one but FOUR possible workout options.
1. Have you done the 30 Day Shred? It's crazy. This DVD contains three workouts – a Level 1 workout, a Level 2 workout and a Level 3 workout. Each workout is 20 minutes long. And you are moving' for all 20 minutes. Like SERIOUSLY MOVING. Like panting, flopping over, and begging to stop, MOVING. I challenge you to do this one several times a week and NOT see some serious results.
It sounds horrible? Yes. But remember: only 20 minutes. Genius, really.
2. If 20 minutes is too much of a commitment, how 'bout 10? The 10 Minute Solution: Pilates DVD has great reviews, is currently on sale at Amazon for $8, and comes with 5 ten minute workouts, which you can choose to do one at a time, or all at once. Perfect for moms squeezing this into naptime. Do one…he's still sleeping? Yeessss. Do another. Still sleeping? Oh baby. Mummy's going CAH-RAZY today….
3. My sister-in -law swears by Tracy Anderson. She started with her Post-Pregnancy workout (BTW – I LOVE that Ms. Anderson created a post-pregnancy workout…why aren't there more of those?) and then progressed to Tracy Anderson's Dance Cardio workouts. And my sister-in-law is in good company: apparently, Gwenyth Paltrow and ummm…Madonna(!!) swear by the "Tracy Anderson Method" as well.
The Post-Pregnancy one is great for toning, and is at a nice pace for new mom bodies recovering from 9 months of pregnancy. But the Dance Cardio workouts? Once you learn the routines, they are fun. However, you will, most likely, look like an idiot. But they certainly make the 45 min workout fly by. One reviewer mentioned that once you learn the dance, you can do it to any music you prefer. Nice. And you might be able to do this one with the kiddos – just call it a dance party.
4. I discovered Chaz and his (free!!) Yogamazing podcasts a few years ago. Each video podcast is available for free on iTunes, and is usually around 20 minutes long. Chaz typically keeps each podcast tightly focused, so you'll find "Yoga for Runners" or "Yoga for Neck and Shoulders" among the titles (even a "Yoga for Real People"). You can purchase all of his old video podcasts here, for $4 each, or his iPhone app. How's that for no excuses?
Any other ideas, Mamas?