Quick! Your kid has fallen asleep and you have anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours to get sh*t done!! What do you do? What do you do?!
Sound familiar? That scenario is my current prison sentence, and I (sometimes) am determined to make the most of it. That could mean anything from doing the dishes to working on my manuscript, but what I would also like it to occasionally incorporate is getting some frigging exercise. I’ll be honest, the gym and I broke up a while ago — it was always guilt tripping me and taking my money, so I told the gym we needed a break. It’s not you, Gym, it’s me, because now that I have kids I just don’t always have time for you! (Even though it’s only a 10 minute walk from my apartment — yes, I could try harder).
So, I’ve decided I am going to try harder. But at this point in my life that means squeezing in a workout while my son is taking a nap, or after bedtime (hah). I’ve done some research, and there are some incredibly simple home workouts. They don’t necessarily require equipment (though if you have a set of weights or kettle bells lying around it wouldn’t hurt), and most of them are only a few minutes long. Seriously, we’ve all got time for a 5-minute workout, so grab some spandex and check out this slideshow of fun, challenging exercises you can do from the comfort of your living room.
Alex Richards is a Brooklyn-based young adult writer with a background in photography and television production. She loves making no-budget horror flicks with her friends, cooking, crafting, exploring, and being silly with her two kids, awesome husband, and lazy cats. In addition to her young adult novel, Back Talk, Alex writes for New York Family Magazine, and works with ASAP, a South African organization supporting rural communities of women caring for vulnerable children.