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Five fake workouts moms don't realize they're getting. 

Momlogic's Momstrosity: Still trying to lose that baby weight? And for the record, when does the time run out on calling  it "baby" weight? One year?  Two?  When they graduate from college? When our kids were babies, we could actually incorporate them into a workout (i.e. pushing them in strollers) but as they hit the terrible twos and beyond, strapping them into a stroller doesn't always pan out.

Don't despair -- moms of young kids get PLENTY of exercise everyday. At least that's what we tell ourselves. OK...none of these are real exercises but they sure feel like it:


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The Past Your Bedtime Sculpt
Pull a screaming child, clinging to the couch, to their bedroom. Core muscles worked: biceps, triceps, trapezius, deltoids, lower back, upper back, middle back, neck, pectoralis, lats and glutes.

The Endless Toy Squat
Simply walk through the house and bend and pick up toys. The more puzzles and board games your kids have, the better your workout!

Shopping Cardio Cart
With an overtired, hungry child in the shopping cart, race to get all the shopping done before your kid has a very public meltdown.

Bathtub Knee Crunch
Kneeling and giving your kid a bath is a terrific way to strengthen the knees and stretch the back as you attempt to wash the shampoo out of your kid's hair without getting it in their eyes. Works your core ... and your nerves!

The Toy Package Heart Rate Burst
The best way to burn those calories is to boost your heart rate. The easiest way is to attempt to open up any child's toys without the aid of scissors, pliers or a blow torch. Your heart rate will go through the roof!



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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Maria November 14, 2008, 9:49 AM

i had know idea. I get more exercise than ever!

Anonymous November 14, 2008, 4:18 PM

I personally enjoy the pull kids apart pilates. My core is rock hard.

BW September 22, 2009, 9:18 AM

I was just explaining shopping cardio cart to my friend yesterday :)


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