I know very well, from my own personal experience, that getting to the gym in the midst of a busy day is few and far between and most of the time, only happens if all of the stars align correctly…which happens RARELY! With that said, us busy moms have desires to be fit and healthy, while still making it work in the motherhood category at home. However, we, as a whole, struggle with how to find balance in a lifestyle that includes pursuing health and fitness, and striving to be the best mom that we can be.
Have you ever seen those fit mamas on Instagram, as they display their newly found six pack after baby, and preach that you just need to do it “NO EXCUSE”? Have you ever wondered, “How do these mamas have the time and energy to push through a vigorous workout, only to have to soothe a crying baby moments after?”
Well, I am here to tell you, that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO sacrifice your energy towards being a mom in order to have a body that feels (and let’s face it, we all want it) looks good. I am also here to tell you that pushing through with “no excuse” is not the best mom-friendly approach out there; and while it is beneficial to challenge your self, in order to truly keep a consistent fitness routine as a busy mom at home, we have to remember that we do have an excuse that comes in the form of two little eyes, a sweet nose, and mouth that cried and kept you awake all night. Thus, taking that “excuse” (responsibility) into the highest consideration when balancing out your fitness routine with motherhood is key!
The last thing, before we get into the actual how in this post, I wanted to share with you a completely FREE opportunity that I have created to help you learn how to balance your health and fitness with mom life, while still keeping motherhood as your first priority. These are my top secrets on how to become and stay fit and healthy as a busy mom, all rolled into one downloadable PDF guide called, The FREE 5 Day Busy Mom Fit Life Bootcamp. This guide will teach you how to balance all of the techniques of living healthy in the middle of motherhood! You can click here to download your free copy.
SET GOALS AND BOUNDARIES
At the beginning of the week or month (or wherever you see fit), set one goal for yourself. After you decide on the main goal that you would like to achieve in your health and fitness, then write down 3-5 steps that you can take in order to get there. Begin by putting in place, one step into your daily routine. Starting out small, will create more balance and help ensure that you will achieve your goal. You can learn more about attainable goals and manageable steps on my recent post, 5 Foolproof Ways To Conquer A Healthy Postpartum Diet.
While creating your goal and steps, your boundaries should align similarly with the follow statement; While you are motivated to achieve your goal, DO NOT take on to many steps at a time. Instead, create boundaries around the fact that you will only focus on one at a time. The FREE 5 Day Busy Mom Fit Life Bootcamp comes with a goal creator to help make it possible for you to easily break down a goal in the middle of your chaotic life.
CREATE A STRATEGIC SCHEDULE
Create a schedule and be strategic. Now, when I create my schedule for the week, I plan everything out to the hour in order to know what I can get done while my son is sleeping and what I can do while he is awake and still be a present mommy. However, if you feel that is a bit to much, (I admit, it might be for some), than simply scheduling your daily tasks is sufficient.
Here’s how to break it down:
You should have 2 categories…
- Must Complete Tasks
- Tentative Schedule
Write down all that you need to get done in that day, placing the tasks (try to keep it down to 3-5 tasks) that you HAVE TO get done under “Must Complete Tasks” and the rest of your tasks under “Tentative Schedule”. Next, if you have room under your Must Complete Tasks Category to add in your workout, do so. If you do not, not worries, Mama; put your workout under your Tentative Schedule Category and IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND THE ENERGY, do your best to fit a workout (or some sort of fitness somewhere in your day. The key here, is to be flexible and not let the thought of, “Oh shoot, my kid is sick and I didn’t have time to workout”, stress you out. Remember, fitness should add to your life.
There is also a scheduler template in The FREE Busy Mom Fit Life Bootcamp that will guide you through this process.
KEEP YOUR WORKOUTS SHORT, FUNCTIONAL, AND EFFECTIVE
While working out for long periods of time is certainly, in general, not a bad thing, there are a few important reasons that moms should keep their workouts short, functional, and effective.
Fist of all, let’s state the obvious! We are BUSY moms! It is in our best interest to keep our workouts short, in order to fulfill our daily priorities as a mom.
Second, as a mama (whether you are a mom of a baby, toddler, kid, or teenager), chances are that you are going to have to tap into your super mom powers and lift things, children, laundry baskets, etc. Completing workouts that consist of functional movements will help you become stronger and more confident in your body and abilities. You can read more about functional application here.
Lastly, because your workouts should be short, in order to get the most out of your fitness routine and optimize your results, it is essential to make sure that your workouts are effective. An effective workout contains several fundamental movements that ensure your whole body is working. Click here to read more about fundamental movements and short workouts.
(Pssst. The FREE 5 Day Busy Mom Fit Life Bootcamp also has a guide to help you create short, functional, and effective workouts for yourself.)
All in all, balancing your health and fitness with mom life, successfully, all depends on one broad concept; fitting fitness in when fitness fits and not stressing when it doesn’t. In order to see the results that you desire, it is important to stay consistent. However, true consistency in both actions and attitude towards your health and fitness routine will not come if you are overwhelmed and stressed out. So let’s keep it simple and functional, Mama!
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