Strong moms raise strong kids! I know our daughters will always remember the things we do, even though they forget the things we say within like ten seconds. Modeling strength for our kids is important to us. There are so many ways to do this, but today we’re talking about physical strength and self-esteem. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags.
I partnered with Hefty® to write a post about strong moms, because I feel it’s important to model that strength for kids every day. Moms are ultra strong in everything they do, just like Hefty®’s trash bags. You’ve seen the commercials with John Cena (hello, pecs!), but have you seen the new addition, Carol Cena? His Mom has joined him to show other moms that Hefty® has the best bags ever at a lower price than the competition.
My favorite feature of the Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags is their tear resistant technology. The kids are forever putting stuff in the trash that can easily tear the bargain brands, but Hefty® holds up. This not only saves me time (cleaning up a trash bag mess is not my idea of fun), but it also saves money. Hefty® has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, too, which is always reassuring.
Hefty®’s break resistant grip drawstring prevents the bag from falling inside the trash can, and their fresh scents (Tropical Paradise™ is my favorite) ensure we won’t have to deal with a stinky trash can after pulling the bag out. They also have Scent Free!
In a household of five girls plus three dogs, taking the trash out can be quite a chore. Thankfully, we’ve got strong moms, strong kids, and no excuses.
I’ve noticed lately that Gracelynn is super interested in working out. She’s naturally strong (she carries more groceries in than I do!), and really loves running. Today, we’re trying a new workout. It’s an easy one that you can try at home with little to no equipment. Bonus: if your kids are working out with you, they can’t say it’s too heavy when you tell them to take the trash out!
Bodyweight exercises are perfect to start out with, especially if you haven’t been working out much. I always incorporate weights as well, though, because I want to build my strength up.
25 squats: Be sure to sit back in the heels of your feet when you do a squat. You should be able to wiggle your toes the entire time. Don’t allow your knees to go over your toes. If it’s too difficult to do a squat with your feet shoulder-width apart, try a sumo squat. Take a step out so your legs are wider than shoulder-width, and your toes are pointed diagonally. Squat down the same way, no matter how your feet are positioned, pushing your butt back as if you’re sitting in a chair.
It’s important to have an audience for your workouts!
25 lunges: Lunges are a little more difficult than squats as far as getting the form right. My knee always wants to twist in instead of going straight down at a 90 degree angle like it should. If lunges are too difficult, you can start with a bench and do static lunges until you can build up to single lunges and then jump lunges!
With light weights for the kiddos, and heavier weights for yourself, complete three sets of the following exercises:
10 Bicep Curls
10 Hammer Curls
10 Tricep Extensions
Rotate through each exercise, and that is one set. Take a breather if you need to before moving onto the next set. The key is to go slow. There are tons of videos on YouTube you can watch to make sure your form is right, but pay attention to your breathing as well.
If you feel like you didn’t get a good enough workout yet, rotate through the rest of the exercises again or go for a jog. Work your way up together and make a goal, such as running a 5K or lifting heavier weights. Show your kids that you are Hefty® strong every day of the week!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hefty® Ultra Strong™ trash bags.