Finding a fitness routine and sticking with it can be a hard task to map out and execute. As Mom's we juggle a lot of schedules and often our priorities are put on the back burner. I will be the first to admit I put myself last for almost 4 yrs and it caught up with me. My health took a turn for the worst and my kids and husband ended up suffering along with me because I couldn't be everything for everyone since I wasn't taking care of myself.
Between caring for kids, running a business, doctor appoitments, sports, school, and more I had to get creative with my time and it was a learning experience. After 2.5 years of trial and error I have compiled a list of my top tips to being a Fit Mom Success.
1. Have a plan. It is one thing to find the time but having a plan on your routine will make it easy to plan your time. Whether it be a pre planned program, gym, or with an at home circuit ... you will be at ease knowing what to do each day with no questions and also planning the alotted time to do so with no stress.
2. Block the time. Now that you have a plan of WHAT you will be doing, now is time to block out the time needed to execute the plan. I will be the first to admit time management is not my strong suit BUT I do know that once I had a plan and knew how much time I needed it made it much easier to arrange to make it happen or find the distraction needed for the kids to allow me to fit it in.
3. First things first. Let me preface I am not really a morning person, I don't mind being up, but waking up early and then working out, never used to be my cup of tea. However, with a newborn at home who wakes at the crack of dawn I became accustomed to waking early and when she takes her first nap I could so easily snooze but I found that while everyone else is still sleeping and she is resting I had just enough time to squeeze in my workout that I scheduled in step 2, plus step 1 makes it easier because I already know what is on the schedule for today. So while YES I would love to be sleeping, it feels so good to get that workout out of the way and it sets the tone for the rest of my day. Energy is great and it motivates me to make good nutrition choices.
4. Look of the day. I used to work out on old t shirts and shorts but once I started reaching my goals I got hooked on new fitness gear. Could be worse. I also like to put out free clips on my facebook page so what helps me is sleeping in my workout clothes for the next day. That way when that 4:30 wake up call comes, instead of letting my head hit the pillow I can't let the excuse of not being able to find my workout clothes take over my motivation. Seems silly to some, but let me be the first to admit this was a legitimate excuse to not workout for me.
5. Involve your family. My husband doesn't always join me in my workouts but I do love when he does so I always leave an open invitation or make it an outing. We like to hike, ride bikes, etc. However when it is just me and the kids, I like to ask them to show me if they can do some of the moves. My 4 yr old loves jumping in and showing me how strong he is, my 6 yr old well...read the next tip. ;)
6. Bribery. I said it and I am not above it. Whether I want my kids to be more active or I need them to cooperate so I can get my workout in, bribery works in my household and is usually needed with my oldest! My kids are much more willing if there is something in it for them.
7. Can't beat em' join em'. Some days are just meant to be outside or at the park. When these days are upon us I make sure I walk to the parkwhile they ride their bikes instead of drive. While were there I play in my own way. Pushing them on the swing can be effective. Tri cep dips on the bench, lunges around the playground, pull ups on the monkey bars, and step ups on the play equipment. My kids actually love working out with me at the park.
8. Be flexible. Sometimes you just have to do what you can when you can. Your favorite show is on, dishes need done, laundry won't fold itself. During commercials you can do abs, squats while folding laundry, calf raises while washing dishes, or lunges while vaccuming. Sometimes it just isn't pretty but you would be surprised how those little spurts add up and it can bring a little fun to your everyday chaotic lives.
9. Double the fun. Your kids getting to the age that maybe dance class is upon you or a recreation for the boys. Find a local club or Y to join that offers classes for kids and opportunity for Mom. Such as one with a track or classes for you while the little one is occupied. When I was a nanny I would drop the little of for gymnastics and I would take to the track that was at the Y. It was a win win for both of us.
10. Don't beat yourself up. Face it, were human. Life happens. Tantrums take place. Sickness takes over. Mommy brain is real and sometimes we double schedule and sometimes rest is just good for the soul. Sometimes we get cut short, sometimes we pull doubles the next day, and some days just plain don't happen. Don't beat yourself up and don't fall into the comparrison trap. We share what we want people to see and there is nothing wrong with that but we don't want to compare to someone who seems to have it all together because we don't know what happens behind closed doors. So brush it off and tomorrow is a new day!
Having support can be underestimated. It was a key factor in my success after baby #2. The feeling of not being alone and people who understood helped me through my journey. Link up with other like minded women and moms and make it happen. Hold one another accountable. Join online accountability groups.
Do you have any tips that worked for you that you would like to add?