Let me start by saying something - there are almost always dishes in my sink, I haven't washed my hair in a few days, and I haven't executed a single toddler DIY project this year. Now that we have that out of the way I want to shed a little light on how I balance fitness, life and motherhood.
There are some days I know, it just won't happen. Period. Which is why I try to plan accordingly. I workout 5-6 times per week. 3 of those workouts can be done from home, two I prefer to do in the gym. I schedule my workouts on Sunday for the upcoming week. In order to make my workouts a priority I plan my workouts like important meetings. Without planning the weeks would fly by and my workouts would be pushed to "when I have time".
While most Mothers know getting personal time can be an absolute luxury. I try to workout with a friend one time a week so I can get my girl time in while doing my workout. Two birds- one stone. I get girl talk in while also simultaneously getting my sweat session done.
Pressed for time? Opt for a HIIT workout. High intensity interval training alternates bursts of fast paced intensive work with active rest for a quick fat burning workout. This will save you time while still giving you an effective workout.
- 30 SIDE STEP SHUFFLE
- 10 SQUATS WITH ALTERNATING KICK BACKS
- 10 JUMP LUNGES
- 10 JUMP SQUATS
- 10 HIGH KNEES
REPEAT 3-5 TIMES DEPENDING ON YOUR LEVEL
Make meal planning a priority. We all know how unpredictable life can be in general. Add a little one to the mix and you really have some variables on your hands. Plan, prep and pack your meals ahead of time so when you are busy making memories with your child you won't be left eating what your toddler leaves behind. Prep your meals 1-2 times per week to ensure you have the healthy meals you need in and out of the house.
Remind yourself that something is better than nothing. Even if you only walked to the park or just did a 15 min workout. Celebrate each small victory! Did you opt or water instead of soda? CELEBRATE! Little actions towards your greater goal adds up in a big way. Start gradually by adding a walk after dinner each night or 1-2 workouts per week. Remember we all start as beginners. Honor your starting point. It's okay if you aren't perfect, just start.
Last but not least- give yourself some credit! Raising humans is hard work! Take a minute to give yourself a pat on the back super mom.
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