I am not a doctor; just a mama basing this information off my own experiences as a mother, athlete, and prior research. Please consult your health care professional before proceeding with any of the following information!
After I was cleared to work out, following giving birth to my son, I found myself struggling to do this for a few reasons. I remember losing motivation quickly, lacking energy, and ultimately, finding every possible reason to get out of working out. I had days where I would just give up, feeling completely exhausted. I also had days where I pushed through the exhaustion, worked out, and was even more exhausted after. It was a vicious cycle and it left me totally unmotivated.
Additionally, I also remember just not knowing what workouts were right for me as a new mom. I spent hours Instagram stocking other moms who were “fitness influencers” and copying their workout routines. This, further lead me to wonder why I couldn’t stay consistent with these routines. I mean, they were clearly working for the influencer mom! I questioned if I would ever gain my motivation to workout back.
SPOILER ALERT! I gained it back.
However, not only did I gain my motivation to workout back, I began enjoying my workouts, feeling great, staying consistent, and because all of those elements were inline, seeing real results.
The solution to your lack of motivation and why your workouts are not working, and are breaking down your body/mind instead, is the secret that I am about to reveal to you.
The Secret To Full Body At Home Workouts
Okay friend, are you ready for it? Here is my secret.
The secret to staying consistent, motivated, and enjoy working out as a mom is to include variety in your workout routine.
Why variety? Including different types of workouts, movements, flows, speeds, and ranges of challenge will change your at home, workout reality because it allows workouts to work for your body and life rather than against.
Have you ever heard of runners getting shin splints from running too much? They get shin splints because they’ve broken down their bodies by hitting the same movement over and over again. That same breakdown appears in you too, in both the form of a physical block and a mental block.
No Variety In Workouts Leading To PHYSICAL BLOCKS As A Mom
Do you pick up your baby, in the same way, every single time? No. Sometimes you pick him up while he is asleep, sometimes you pick him up and place him on your hip, and sometimes your baby is not having it and holding him is like juggling a snake.
With that said, our mombods were made to be moved in a variety of ways for a reason. We are made to adapt to our baby’s needs in functional ways. Therefore, doing the same types of workouts over and over would not be beneficial to your lifestyle as a mom.
No Variety in Workouts Leading To MENTAL BLOCKS As A Mom
It’s time to get honest, Mama. Your lack of motivation towards working out most likely stems from the workout routines you have already tried and felt like you failed. I mean, let’s really be honest here. You have probably tried workout programs in the past, got going in them, and then lost motivation for them. That’s called mental burnout!
Mental burnout happens when your mommy-brain is tired, you have a ton of tasks to get done, and you can’t get yourself to do one more hour on the treadmill.
Mental burnout can be fixed by, simply, changing your workout routine up.
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What Your Workout Routine Should Really Look Like
So, with all of that said, what should your workout routine really look like if you are adding variety to it? That’s a great question, girl!
Here’s the deal. If your workout routine is really going to fit into your lifestyle and be something that you enjoy doing, you need to understand that it’s not going to look the same as anyone else’s. That’s a scary thought, right? How else are you going to know what workouts to do if you can’t copy other mamas’ routines?
Truthfully, this is not scary. This is freedom and you will see why, below!
Having a versatile routine that is specific to you means that:
- It is something that you enjoy.
- It gives you freedom to do workouts that apply to your daily needs. (For example, you only have 10 minutes to workout, great do 10 minutes of work that includes a variety of exercises.)
- You don’t get bored. Let’s face it, that’s a real thing.
- It allows you to listen to your body and move it accordingly.
Moreover, your workout routine should look like whatever you need and can manage that day. Knowing that should give you permission to stop pushing yourself through workouts that aren’t working for you, and start moving your body in ways that benefit your life, give you energy, and fit into your day.
Now, I realize that it still can be hard to know what exercises that you should do. All of this sounds great to you, but you’re still thinking, “well, what the heck do I do? I don’t know what I enjoy.” I get that. So, before you go out and spend money on a personal trainer, I want to tell you about my Whole Healthy Mom Subscription Program. For only $66 per month, you get a variety of workouts to choose from every day, guidance in living healthy as a mama or mama-to-be, and a supportive community encouraging you every step of the way.