Much like Stressy Mummy, I have joined the bandwagon, the one where you insert a DVD and then vomit, also known as 30 Day Shred.
This, after precisely one day of shredding, is what I have learned.
- DO NOT attempt to undertake any form of exercise with a child at home. They will either laugh at you, insist on being picked up, or scream demanding Thomas on the telly. Any of these situations is somewhat off putting.
- DO get prepared with hand weights before hitting the play button. Running into the kitchen and pulling cans onto your head looking for two equally sized tins of soup during the workout does not help to maintain momentum.
- DO NOT attempt to empty the dishwasher immediately after your workout and place crockery into top cupboards. Weak arm wobble and a stack of plates above your head to not make best bedfellows.
- DO ensure you are positioned an arms length away from hanging lampshades before attempting windmill arm exercises. Delicate, fragile light fittings may not withstand violent swatting by uncoordinated limbs.
- DO NOT wear your everyday bra if more than an A cup whilst skipping/butt kicking/star jumping. You do not need to provide further ammunition for the children laughing at you from the sofa, or two black eyes.
- DO leave at least one hour between eating and exercising. *boak*
- DO NOT do this at night with the lights on and the curtains open. You are not a floor show.
- DO use hand weights for the floor strength exercises, rather than a toddler. They are less likely to wriggle.
- DO NOT take a before and after photo after one day of exercise. You will not have developed a six pack in 20 minutes. #impatient
- DO stick with it and do it again tomorrow because it will make you feel better, fitter, and more deserving of a reward biscuit. What?