Fitness for Mommies

If you’re a mom with small kids and are struggling with finding time and energy to work out, you are not alone.

My BFF and I own a fitness center and I can’t even get there to work out. So trust me when I say that I get how hard it is.

It stinks when you want to get that baby weight off…or train for that 5K…or do something to make yourself feel slightly attractive or at the very least human…and you can’t.make.it.happen.

Keep this in mind: this is just a season of life. When you have babies, infants, toddlers, young kids, older kids… it is HARD to make time for yourself. And you’re running around all the time and your to-do list is a mile and a half long and it feels impossible to carve out even a sliver of time for a tiny little workout. Even if you could find the time, you maybe can’t find (or don’t want to find) the energy, because let’s just say it…mommy is pooped.

What’s a mom to do?

I’m totally in this season right now, and it’s hard. But I’m learning it’s possible to get workouts in, no matter how brief. You may not have time for a 45 minute run, but I think those of us in this season of life need to give ourselves some slack, and agree that a little bit is better than nothing in this area.

If you can get up early or stay up late to get a workout in, then that’s fabulous! If you’re like me and hate early mornings and are worn out by bedtime, then here are a few other options for us tired/busy/pooped out mamas:

– Find some workout videos to do at home. It’s not super exciting, and it’s may not be as fun as a fitness class, but it’s an option. And you can get some Zumba DVDs and have a dance party with the kids.
– Learn some baby/toddler yoga and do it with your kids. Amazon has some great books on toddler yoga…I just ordered “Isty Bitsy Baby” and it’s a pretty good book for babies up to two years old.
– Get the stroller out and walk. Any time of year. Throw blankets over the kids and stroll. Call a mommy friend or two and start a stroller walking group!
– Check around your area to see if there are any mommy and baby fitness classes. If there aren’t…ask a local fitness center to consider starting one.
– Laugh, roll, dance, flip, jump with your kids. Every bit of movement helps. 🙂
– Run up and down stairs every chance you get. Make extra trips to the basement. Haul extra loads upstairs.

You go, girls!

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