Working Out With a Toddler

 

While doing my 22 Minute Hard Corps workout this afternoon, my daughter wanted to join in on the fun. 22 Minute Hard Corps requires a lot of jumping back and forth and up and down, which is quite hard when I have a toddler who is trying her hardest to mimic my movements. She is pretty good at mimicking, but is always half a step behind, ensuring she is going back when I am trying to go forth. While trying to do mountain climbers, it was the same story, she was crawling underneath me. What’s a parent to do while trying to workout with a very mobile child?

Here is what I find works best for us:

First, I try really hard to make sure there are plenty of toys, and other non-workout related activities readily available, but hard to since jumping around with mom is a lot more interesting than the same old toys. Since I workout in the living room, her toys, play kitchen and coloring supplies are available so I can keep an eye on her if she decides to play on her own. Sometimes she’s pretty good at not bothering me too much….

When toys don’t work, sometimes it is easier to have her join in! She already knows how to bear walk (there’s a move in the 22MHC, Cardio 1), she likes to do downward dog and jumps around when I’m doing some sort of jumping or running in place type move.

My final thought is that it can be difficult to workout with a toddler present, and working out while they are elsewhere (or sleeping) is very enticing, but I believe that having them around is setting a good example, plus watching her try to do some of the moves can be fun!

22 Minute Hard Corps Review

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Please indulge a moment of extreme de-motivational energy, but here goes:
I hate push-ups and burpees.
Whenever one of these two exercises pops up on part of my current workout, I tell myself, “burpees aren’t that bad…”, until I do a couple, and yup, sure enough, I was right, full on hate. Same with push-ups. I’m not sure why I hate them so much more than any other moves (some of which are more painful or harder), but that’s just the way it is.
That is all, now onto some positive workout related info….

Anyway, I am currently working out with a Tony Horton workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I decided to start this new program because for the past few weeks I’ve been feeling very unmotivated to commit myself to another 60 or 90 day workout with a program I have completed several times in the past couple years. I was randomly mixing up workout between P90X3, Piyo or a quick TurboFire HIIT, and (big surprise) I wasn’t feeling like the workouts were beneficial. I guess following a program is better than doing random workouts, who knew…

I have found that the best solution to solving low motivation is spending money on a new workout program, so I was looking around on the BeachBody.com website and found a new boot camp/military style workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I really like it so far, and the best part is that it’s only 22 minutes long! Don’t think that because the workouts are only 22 minutes long this workout is easy, it’s not.
While each workout is only 22 minutes, they definitely get the job done! 22MHC includes as a lot of basic moves we all remember from gym class like pull ups, squats, lunges, some plyometrics, bear crawls, gorilla crawls (a killer leg workout) as well as the afore mentioned push-ups and burpees.
I also really like the fact that all the people on the DVD are from differently military branches (nothing but support for our men and women in uniform!), and they do all the workouts wearing a 22 Min Hard Corps shirt, camo pants and combat boots. The workouts are done in a cadence reminiscent of military drills (at least the ones I have seen on TV), with everyone counting plus a little drumming music in the background. The cadence is something I had to get use to as I’m not use to doing a workout by this style. Tony goes around counting and motivating the others. There are three rounds with 5-7 moves and a 22 second break. During the first round, there is someone to show a demo of the move including a modified version. There’s also a killer ab workout that’s done on the cardio days.
I highly recommend this workout for its intensity and relatively quick time table – it’s quick and gets the job done! The change I made that helps me get through it is turning on upbeat music in the background because I don’t like hearing the cadences. If you’re someone who is short on time or has a toddler running around, this is a great workout. Another plus is the required equipment is very basic, just a pull up bar, jump mat, and weights (or a sandbag), plus water and a towel…..

Here’s a preview of the workouts!

 

Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and wanted to give y’all an update on my current workout and healthy eating scheme….

First, I have been trying to be extra diligent about eating well, because everybody knows that this is the time of year where, held gallantly held in check for 11 months, temptation rears its fat head, and those pesky lbs can sneak up and stick in all the wrong places. My main goal to counter this well-publicized phenomenon has been to avoid having sweets (or other empty calorie goodness) around where I can just grab one or two as I walk by. This seems to be cutting down on the temptation, as well as the unwanted aftermath.

Our Thanksgiving was a certain victory over temptation, even though we had two separate family Thanksgiving dinners (on different days of course). First, a big thanks to my brother in law Tom for suggesting and preparing a fantastic middle eastern feast! I don’t actually remember the names of the delicious courses, but there was cardamom rice, lamb tart, squash something-or-other, and pumpkin pie. All the credit for the second round of Thanksgiving goes to my sister Page, who prepared two different wonderful soups and all the extra goodies to go with it. I’m not sure how I didn’t overeat since both meals were fantastic, but somehow I managed to end up feeling satisfied without bursting.

Thanksgiving is sort of a warm up for the indulgence that is December. With shortbread cookies and See’s candy lurking, I have been staying strong for the most part, so far…..

As for my workouts…I have been mixing up the sweating between bouts of PiYo, the HIIT workouts from TurboFire, P90X3, Body Beast Lucky 7 and especially chasing around a toddler (is there such thing as a runn-ler? She isn’t toddling as much as running). That counts right?

Not that anybody asked, but my second piece of advice is to practice moderation in the face of overindulgence (that See’s candy isn’t going to eat itself, plus everybody else is doing it!), and have that occasional sweet to cut down on the craving and hopefully avoid the shame that comes with an empty shortbread cookie tin and nobody to blame it on but the dog.

How are you staying healthy this time of year?

Baby Weight

Sometimes it feels like I am constantly working out even when I do finish my 30 minutes. Want to know how? Well, I’ve got an extra 22 pound toddler to lug around daily. From picking her up, setting her down (squats), running to grab her before she gets into something she’s not suppose to (quick reflexes and cardio). A few weeks ago, my husband decided to go out in the backyard and do some lunges. He decided to use our daughter for the extra weight.
There will be days when I don’t want to workout and follow along on the tv, so instead of totally slacking, at least I have my 19 month old to use…no excuses right?
So in addition to my usual P90X routine, I have been adding a few extra exercises. These have taken months to evolve, and are still constantly changing. Great care should be taken not to jump into these workouts without proper preperation. The exercises I am talking about are as follows:
-The scramble-jump up from a sitting position, dodge around blocks, over toys and catch the toddler before she empties a kitchen cupboard.
-The squirm weight-carrying a squirming, usually screaming toddler to a bath, bedtime or other undesirable activity. Think “shake weight” results without looking like you are doing unmentionable things! Be sure to engage your core and feel the burn in biceps, core and ear drums!
-Lunges-a baby adds a perfect amount of resistance for lunges when picking her up off the floor. Bend those knees and use those gluteus! Seriously, a baby on my back is a great way to add some resistance to lunges and I throw a few sets into walks with the baby in the backpack. The funny looks from other dog walkers are just a plus….

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