Just because you're a mom, it doesn't mean you can't have a fit physique. Being a mom is a full-time job and sometimes you might not have the time to rush to the gym for a workout. Doing exercises at home can help you maintain your sanity and your shape. Squats, for instance, can help firm your legs and tush and increase muscle tissue so you burn more calories. Squats also challenge your core muscles. For optimal results and safety, proper form is a must.
Walk or jog around the room for five minutes to get your blood flowing and to warm-up your muscles so they are more pliable. This reduces your risk of injury. Pump your arms back and forth and exaggerate your leg movement so you start breathing faster and can actually feel your body getting warmer.
Position yourself sideways in front of a mirror with your feet hip-width apart, your toes forward, your arms at your sides and your shoulders pulled back and down. Although it is optional, having the mirror is beneficial, because it allows you to monitor your form while you are doing the exercise.
Tighten your tummy to stabilize your back, and then, bend your knees and push your hips back. Slowly lower your buttocks down as you count to two. Pretend you're sitting down on a chair. Face forward and place your weight on your heels. If you're new to squats, only go as low as you feel comfortable. As you get more flexible and familiar with the range of motion, lower yourself deeper until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Glance into the mirror to check your form. Your knees should be facing the same direction your toes are pointing. Really sit your buttocks back to keep your knees from going forward and passing over your toes. Avoid rounding or arching your back -- keep it straight. Wiggle your toes to ensure your weight is on your heels.
Push through your heels and straighten your knees and hips to return to an upright stance. Squeeze your buttocks at the top of the movement before starting the next repetition. Work your way up to three sets, with eight to 12 repetitions in each set.