Super fit mum shamed for department store workout video

Lunges in the aisles.
Lunges in the aisles. Photo: Instagram @diaryofafitmommyofficial

I'll be honest, when I hit the aisles of Target, I am generally using the trolley to prop myself up and I've most likely got a large flat white in one hand. But that could be one of the many reasons I'm nowhere near as fit as Sia Cooper.

Sia shared a video on Instagram recently to show how easy it is to fit in a few minutes of workout while strolling the aisles of Target.

She wrote, "getting it done @Target because it's only the most magic place in the entire world (besides Disney world). So if you saw a weirdo working out in Target today – yup that was me! Who needs a friggin' gym."

Now, look, I'll be honest. While Sia makes those exercises look easy and totally doable, I'm a realist. I know it's highly unlikely I'll be exercising in Target any time soon. Unless it's to reach up high to grab something off the top shelf because I'm tall and little old ladies seem to gravitate towards me for help.

But I'll also say good on her. She is clearly in excellent shape, and finding ways to workout during the day can only be beneficial for your mind and your body, right?

It seems not everyone on the internet agrees.

After Sia shared the video on her Instagram page, and SELF Magazine reshared it on their account, the critics came out to play:

Who has time to workout in Target.


Give that woman a Xanax. So dumb.

Just shop and spend time with your kid!

If I saw that lady at Target I would run away from Target. She looks like a lunatic.

This is totally ridiculous! Not a place to do exercises.

Go to your house to work out. You are obstructing the aisle.

All of which make me just want to sigh heavily. Sia's little girl on the trolley seems to be having a lovely time – and I don't see any shoppers or staff in the aisle being obstructed in any way. Why does someone doing something healthy for themselves invite such anger?

Sia told Scary Mommy the Target workout was a spur-of-the-moment decision. "My husband and I were just shopping one morning and the store was literally dead and I thought, what if a busy mum could get a good workout in while shopping with her little ones? And the video was thus created."

She admits she was astounded by the vitriol in some of the comments. "People are going out of their way to be mean, it seems. I'm simply showing a fun, creative way to kill two birds with one stone and they rip it to pieces."

Gosh, that doesn't sound like the internet! *side eye*

The thing is, I wouldn't choose to do a workout in Target and perhaps you wouldn't either, but I do workout because I know it makes me feel better both physically and mentally. And if someone is showing me more ways I can add some fitness into my day, that has to be a good thing.

And if Sia's video helps busy mums to take five minutes out of their day to do some assisted lunges or squats – no matter where they are – then that's great. Let's save our anger for issues that really deserve it.