Which is where the winter gets me in trouble. I hate the gym. Sorry, hate is a word and it’s a word I throw around like my kid throws tantrums. I’m just not a “get up, dress in workout clothes and run to a place where I have to pay to sweat in front of skinny people” kind of person.
But winter hits, and my butt grows because I’m now home with nowhere to walk. Oh, and did I mention that chocolate obsession? Then there’s my poor child, who is absolutely bouncing off the walls because Mommy is not much of a fan of the outdoors during the winter either. Have I mentioned I hate the cold?
OK, so I’m sort of cranky sometimes – we all have to find ways to get past this. And I have. I have opted for exercise inside the comfort of my home, where no one has to watch the bat wings fly (if you know what I’m talking about ladies, I feel for you – they’re not fun). Better still, I’ve found a way to harness my daughter’s energy.
I’m talking about Stott Pilates Kids DVDs. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – bouncy chick with no butt and a grin that’s too wide. No, I promise you. This is a fit mama, yes, because she IS a pilates instructor. But the Stott Pilates Kids movie (video sounds so ’90s) is split into quadrants with her showing four different kids how to do a set of exercises. It’s calm, which is a marked difference from those annoying ’80s workout videos. It’s also geared toward kids, with children of different age groups featured in each segment. The child on-screen is put through his (or her) paces by the instructor, giving kids and moms at home an example of what to do. As the DVD continues, the age of the kid onscreen increases, and the workout intensifies. So Mom continues to get a workout while the kids wander off to do their thing – leaving her alone for a few blessed minutes to workout.
Oh, and about that workout. If you haven’t tried Pilates, I will admit it’s the one class I took several sessions of and would have continued with if I didn’t have a child at home and bills to pay. This is from someone who HATES exercise and HATES the gym. But it was relatively easy and dealt with building muscles that have been weakened greatly by the day-to-day grind of motherhood. We bend to pull kids out of carseats. We lug diaper bags and hear “up, please” all day – we hurt.
Stott Pilates Kids DVD allows you to incorporate your kids into something you need to do for yourself. And with them on board, it makes it harder to skip out on something you would otherwise excuse yourself right out of.
Which is why I’m handing out a Stott Pilates Kids DVD to one lucky Inside Out reader this week – to get you guys ready for winter. Want to win? You know the drill. Check out their Website, browse around and let me know if there’s anything else that looks appealing. Maybe make some suggestions for winter workouts in comments . . .
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