So I quite like getting a bit of exercise. Pre-kids and pre-budgeting I was a regular gym bunny and keen (slow!) runner. I loved to head down to Parkrun for a chilled out Saturday jaunt around the park! Post-kids it’s somewhat more restrictive – in terms of time, energy and money! I try to get an hour for a quick run on a Sunday morning before Church and that’s it! Post baby number two I thought I’d try some pilates to do at home during nap times so this is basically my experience….
- Think pilates sounds fun. Get out laptop and spend rest of evening looking at pilates DVDs on Amazon. Eventually choose a 10 minute solutions pilates collection.
- Shout at dog for barking at postman when he delivers said DVD. Kids now awake…sod it!
- Kids asleep. Put DVD in laptop and wonder why it’s not starting automatically. Flipping windows 10!
- Eventually get DVD to work and roll out yoga mat.
- Shout at dog for barking at postman again. Kids now wake…sod it!
- Kids asleep. DVD running. Yoga mat out. Lie down and consider a nap. zzzzzzz
- Kids asleep. DVD running. Yoga mat out. Finally follow through with about 5 mins of pilates before baby wakes up. Plan to do other 5 minutes later…never happens!
- Kids asleep. DVD running. Yoga mat out. Do a full 10 minute session and think this is actually rather good! Repeat once every blue moon!
That’s all rather tongue in cheek but I do have to recommend the 10 minute solutions DVDs. There are plenty of days when I don’t get 10 minutes but when I do I can really feel the difference in my core strength, in fact my strength in general. Of course, I also find the hokey cokey a good workout as well, especially when holding a toddler under one arm and a baby in the other!!
PS once upon a time I managed to do 20 minutes and felt really smug!