Let’s face it: As moms, we get tired. Real tired. There’s minimal time to do something for ourselves. We rush to get a shower, look for something easy to throw on, ping-pong all over town getting errands done, and constantly help our families with their own daily responsibilities. So the idea of taking time out of our already jam-packed day can seem almost comical. And exhausting! Many of us moms also experience a sense of guilt or worry that we’re being selfish for taking time away from our families.
I’m not here to tell you that being a fit mom is an easy task. And I don’t want any of you to feel ashamed or that I’m judging you if you’re not as healthy as possible. But I am here to tell you that you deserve to be a fit mom, and it isn’t selfish. One of the best things you can do for your family, especially your kids, is to be healthy and happy.
How You Can Be A Fit Mom
Hopefully after reading this, you’ll find some motivation and easy ways to start becoming a fit mom. As a mom and a personal trainer who works with a lot of fit mommies, I’ve learned a thing or two that I’d like to share with you to make this doable! Here are my simple, realistic and most effective ideas to help you along the way.
Play alongside your kids
My 4-year-old is unstoppable. I’m constantly amazed at her energy and ability to move without slowing down for hours at a time. Does this sound familiar? Well what if we started playing more with our kids? What if you implement a daily game of tag? Challenge your kids to races! Go exploring by carrying backpacks and hiking around your neighborhood or local parks. If you can start adding even a few active minutes to your everyday interactions with your kids, you’ll start burning more calories and get closer to fit mom status.
Create manageable and achievable goals
It’s so important, especially as moms, that we keep some order in our lives. Of course life throws us curveballs, but I think we all can agree that when we improve the way our home and family function it does foster an environment of success. So why not incorporate this organization in your fitness life? You can do this by first quantifying your goal (I want to lose 10 pounds; I want to run a marathon) and placing a time frame on it (I want to lose 10 pounds in two months; I want to run a marathon in three months). Then break down the steps you need to take to get there.
Use your kid as weight
Yes! I said it. I frequently use my 40-pound child as a weight. And I believe you can incorporate your child into your workout plan too. Their safety is the most important thing to keep in mind, and you need to be able to perform the exercise safely, but there are so many ways you can use their weight in a fun and effective fashion. Can you push them in the jogger as you go for a run? Can you squat with them in a carrier on your back? One of my favorite exercises (especially when my daughter was smaller) was to squat and press her overhead; this worked my entire body and resulted in a ton of fun for her at the same time. Obviously the story changes once your child grows too big for you to push or squat with, but take advantage of the early years if this pertains to you! It’ll help keep you sane and burn some major calories!
Encourage healthy and active behaviors
Our children are watching everything we do. So why not model healthy and active behaviors and encourage your children to be fit too? My daughter has seen exercise as a daily habit for me over the past four years and now views fitness as the norm. She is quickly choosing physical activities over sedentary ones and takes pride in being able to move something and run quickly whenever she chooses. You can teach your kids a priceless lesson and get fit at the same time! Just seeing my daughter enjoy physical activity helps me stay motivated every day; I believe you’ll benefit in the same manner too. We live to make our kids happy!
Overall, being a fit mom is a journey of ups and downs. It isn’t the easiest path. But this is an achieveable mission, and I personally know that with some planning, creativity and a bit of trial and error, you’ll learn how to become a fitter version of yourself. And best of all, your entire family is going to benefit from your decision!