I know a lot of you all are snowed in and perhaps not able to make it to the gym and are bored out of your minds. Well, don't let that be an excuse to not workout. You can get in a great workout almost anywhere with little to no equipment. Trust me, I have been doing this type of workout for awhile and especially now when my baby is napping or most recently when we were rained in, here in Charleston. The streets were flooded and snakes were venturing above ground, and if you know anything about me, it's that I'm deathly afraid of snakes! I'll kill a spider with my bare hand, swim with sharks but put a snake in my facinity and I honestly cry with fear. Needless to say, I stayed away from the outdoors for awhile. Here's my workout that can be done indoors with the smallest of space and minimal equipment....also I've been searching for new and creative ways to play with Claudia because I'm not the only one going stir crazy. Below the workout you'll find a few things she loves to do that can be made from things lying around your house.
STIR CRAZY AB WORKOUT
Depending on the amount of time you have choose 5 to 10 ab exercises and repeat them twice. Do each move for 30 seconds and then quickly move onto 30 seconds of cardio of your choice, I like jumping rope with high knees. You can download an interval timer app that you'll set to 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 10 to 20 sets, less or more depending on your fitness level. Sometimes I do longer intervals but 30 seconds is good place to start, plus it's so short that you can really push yourself to the limit with each move. Don't quit until the bell rings!
Here are a few examples of some abdominal exercises you can do:
- Plank (Plank Jack, Plank with side kick, Plank March.....)
- Suitcase Crunches
- Russian Twists
- Side Plank hip Dip
- Pike Up
- Leg Raises
Here's a list of cardio options that you can do anywhere:
- Jumping rope (pretend if you don't have one)
- High knees
- Butt Kicks
- jump squats
- Jumping plyo lunges
- Step ups ( when I'm at home I use my coffee table)
- Toe taps (I use the edge of my bed or sofa)
STIR CRAZY BABY ACTIVITIES
BOTTLE OF ROCKS - Take an old water bottle and fill it with rocks or small pebbles or marbles that I had leftover from a flower arrangement. I then crazy glued the lid on and watched Claudia shake that bottle to death. Being loud and ruckus is something a baby must do! haha
DISCOVERY BOTTLE- aka the Black Sea. Similar to the bottle of rocks, you'll need another old water bottle but this time fill it partially full with water and the rest with oil now here comes the fun part, pick a food coloring of your choice and add a few drops. Seal the lid on with some more crazy glue and slowly a sea will appear as you tilt the bottle side to side. It's soothing to look at and as Claudia gets older it will teach her a little science ;)
WATER PLAY - Claudia is like most babies and absolutely loves her tubby time so I wanted to find another way for her to enjoy her love of water besides getting in the bathtub every evening. I gathered up bowls, basins and bins and filled them with water and bath toys. I would definitely recommend keeping this activity to a tiled area like the kitchen or bathroom where you can put down towels because let me tell you, Claudia splashed and splashed till her heart was content and diaper was soaked from the outside in which is usually quite the opposite!
POTS AND PANS BAND - This is a great activity for when you've got to get dinner on the table and can't continue to entertain the baby. Search your drawers for wooden spoons, spatulas, bowls, pans and Claudia's favorite, a wire whisk and let the noise, whoops I mean, music begin!
TUPPERWARE DRAWER - another great activity to keep your tike busy so you can cook or tidy the kitchen is let them play in the tupperware drawer. Most parents have the kitchen on lock down with every safety latch and gate you can think of, but it's smart to leave at least one drawer, cabinet or cupboard open to your child where they can explore kid friendly kitchen items such as tupperware. Claudia loves pulling everything out and putting it back in and to my husbands dismay mixing all the lids up so its an absolute mess, but honestly who cares....I've got way more important stuff to worry about then my completely unorganized tupperware drawer and it makes her surprisingly happy.
SOCK SORTING - similar to the tupperware drawer trick, but this one is when you just need a few more minutes to get dressed or find the right pair of shoes and the baby is being less than patient. The sock drawer offers ball like objects to toss and sort, and if your like Claudia she sits in front of them tossing socks over her shoulder, huffing and puffing, like she's working so hard. It is the absolute cutest thing.
SHEET SWING - My mom typically changed the sheets every Saturday and would come in while saturday morning cartoons were on, but I didn't mind the interruption because that meant I got to swing in the sheets! My mom would grab one end and my brother or Dad the other end while i laid in the center of a fitted or top sheet and got swung in my own personal hammock. It's simple, but fun and Claudia loves it too.
AGILITY COURSE - Once Claudia started crawling at 7 months I thought it would be fun to create a little agility course to help her learn how to maneuver over or under things just like an adult agility course but of course, less dangerous and she wasn't racing anyone but herself. I laid out pillows, stacked and slanted with a few stuffed animals and I later incorporated a tube my husband, Brent got Claudia for christmas that she tunnels through like a champ. It's all a ton of fun!
Have fun and stay warm out there!