It can be hard to make time for fitness when you have a million other things on your plate or that you could be doing. But in order to pour into others and take care of our families, we have to take care of ourselves. Exercise as a mom might look different than it did before and that’s okay! It might not always look like working through all the reps without any interruptions. But by making it a priority, you will feel better and be healthier in the long run which is also important for your family. Your fitness journey will look different in various seasons of life. As a new mom, I had to adjust my routine and expectations for myself as I also stepped into a new role of motherhood. Give yourself grace in the journey and just keep moving forward step by step. Whatever happens, don’t give up- you’ve got this!

Here are some fitness tips for moms to help you stay active and healthy:

1. Do What You Love

Find a workout you enjoy doing and you’re more likely to stick with it and look forward to it. Do you love getting outside and hiking? Do you enjoy the energized feeling after a spin class? If you’re not sure what type of workout you enjoy yet, try out a couple of different classes to try!

2. Develop a Routine

Make your workouts a habit! Planning your workout ahead of time will make the chances of completing your workout much higher and take the guesswork out of what you are going to be doing. Then set a time that you are planning on doing your workout and put your workout clothes in advance. When you know exactly what you are going to do and when, your habits can go on autopilot. Finding a time to fit your workout in might look like getting up before the kids, after they go to bed, or in the quiet moments during nap time. You can also search to find a gym that offers childcare in your area too!

3. Incorporate Your Kids

Sometimes the day doesn’t go as planned and we must get a little creative with fitting our workout in! You can hold your kids and do a few squats or go outside for a stroller workout! Another way to get moving with your kids is going for a walk! Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a walk. Enjoying the fresh air, getting out of the house, and moving your body can be a great reset. By working out with and around your kids, you are spending quality time together and setting an example of healthy behavior for them!

4. Workout Snacks

If you don’t have time for an entire hour workout session, try shorter workout sessions or “workout snacks' ' throughout the day! Ten minutes here and there can make a big difference and is much better than nothing at all! Do some lunges while they’re playing, stretch during tummy time or for a few minutes before bed. It all adds up!

5. Take Baby Steps

Take it slow and start small when returning back to exercise! Do a 5-minute workout and build from there. The next day add in a walk or make your workout 10 minutes to gradually increase intensity. It is much better to start off slow and build a solid foundation of strength than to rush into an intense workout and risk injury. Go at your own pace and put on your blinders to what everyone else is doing. Everyone is on a different journey so try not to compare yourself to others!

6. Find a Community

Accountability makes a big difference! You can include a friend in your workout or even just telling them what you’re planning on doing can help. Joining a class or hiring a coach is also great for accountability!

 

Take care of your body and take care of your mind! Remember, results don’t happen overnight. Stay consistent and take one day, one rep at a time. You are stronger than you know!