This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pure Protein. All opinions are my own.
Do you ever get so frustrated knowing exactly what you want to do in a day and not being able to do it? Oh, you *could* do it. But a certain little person (or people) have other plans. Plans that might involve diapers, cold toast, nap times, tears, laughter, and everything in between. With motherhood comes compromise. But I want to tell you that compromising on your workout routine doesn’t necessarily mean putting it off for tomorrow. It might simply mean getting a little creative with how you work those muscles.
For you mamas who have a hard time getting out of the house to get a workout in, especially as
the temperatures begin to drop, this post is for you. Below I’ve created a super simple leg workout for busy mamas that you can do in your own home! (Or backyard, because the kids like it better outside).
First thing’s first, get in your cardio. This type of cardio is great for our leg workout because it also helps to build strength and tones muscles. Not only that, but adding cardio to the beginning of any workout with jumpstart fat burning. Do this a few times interspersed throughout your workout.
Single Leg Reverse Squat (from a platform)
Ok, I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what these are called. But I do know that my backside is sore for 2 days every time I do them. The lower you can get with your opposite foot, the better. Also try to do your best to squat without holding on to anything, balancing while performing this workout will also help to build strength.
This workout is great because it can be performed almost anywhere and have varying degrees of difficulty based on how hard you want the workout to be- just find a shorter or higher platform! Always make sure that your platform is sturdy and won’t tip over when landing on it.
Tip: For best results, keep your feet even (so you’re not working one leg harder than the other) and stand up straight every time you jump up on the platform, it’s half the workout!
Don’t take this workout for granted! It can be a doozy if done well. Do while holding onto a poll or without to practice balance. For best results, lower your heels below the surface on which you’re standing, then raise as high as possible. You can alternate this workout by doing short, quick pumps as well.
Standing Side Leg Raise
Looking to add a little lift to your bum? This’ll do it! It specifically targets the gluteus medius which rests higher on the hip and is overlapped by the gluteus maximus. Alternate these with backward leg raises as well!
Good ol’ Squats
Sometimes just the squat motion itself is all you’ll need to get a decent workout for your thighs. If you find yourself needing a bit more weight than that, grab one of those kiddos running around and hold them in your arms or on your back. Always try to keep your knees from going further than your toes, keep your back as straight as possible, and engage your core to prevent injury.
Of course, after every workout, you’ll want to jumpstart the muscle rebuilding process by consuming about 20 grams of protein. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get a minimum of 8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Protein. The opinions and text are all mine.
Lori geurin says
Your post shows how simple it is to do a workout at home with some steps (and a busy toddler in tow)! Exercising the large muscle groups in the legs is a great place for anyone to start.
I’ve tried the pure protein bars and love how they provide so much protein and so little sugar.
Karen Morse says
It’s so nice to see that you can still focus on your health and fitness even you’re holding the fort down at home! These exercises are awesome and definitely easy to copy. Thanks for the tutorials!
AnnMarie John says
I’m looking forward to learning more about the different exercises that I can do at home so I don’t have to go to the gym. I think these leg exercises are definitely going to help!
There are so many workouts that can be done at home. It is a little crazy to think that we must go to the gym to make it happen.
Cindy Ingalls says
I workout at home quite often because it means I can fit my workout into whenever I have time. Plus, it means no excuses not to workout. Love this leg Workout that you can do Right outside your door.