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Finding Time for Fitness and Being an Awesome Mom


Balance: Juggling Motherhood and Fitness

Hey there, mom! I get it; between diapers, school, laundry, playdates, and perfecting momhood, finding time for fitness seems impossible. Don’t worry! I’ve got your back. Let’s dive into how you can find time for you and your fitness goals without the mom guilt!


Personal training with group of moms who run

You Matter! Yes You!

I know it seems like you need to put everyone else's needs before your own and that it's selfish to think about taking time for yourself. However, that simply isn't true! You are an amazing, beautiful, emotional human being and you matter! It is essential for you to think about you. Especially when it comes to putting your needs before everyone else's. This isn’t selfish. Your cup needs to be full, before you can fill everyone else’s. 

I know you’re thinking “that's great and all, but how and when am I supposed to focus on me when everything else needs to get done?” I get it. I have been there. I was the perfect pinterest Mom, I planned all the parties with the cute snowman charcuterie boards and christmas tree veggie platters. However, I was miserable. I spent no time on myself. I was drained, exhausted and forgot that I, too, was a person, not just a mom. Keep reading and I’ll give you some tips on how to be an amazing mom and find you time. 

Guilt-Free "Me Time"

First off, don’t feel guilty taking a moment for you. Its important to change your mindset and thinking on this, so you can build sustainable habits. It's time to rewire your thinking. Remember, a well-rested, happy mom means a happier family. So, schedule "me time" just like any other important task on your list. It doesn’t have to be a lot, start with 10 mins a day and increase from there, when and if it works out. 

Find What You Love

Self-care isn't a one-size-fits-all deal. It could be a good book, a bubble bath, painting, dancing, or simply savoring a hot cup of coffee. Think back to what you were passionate about before kids. The key is to find something that sparks joy and gives you a break from your daily routine.

Set Boundaries

One word, powerful impact: "No." Don't feel pressured to say yes to every request or invitation. Your time is precious, and saying no when needed is a vital part of self-care.

Prioritize Sleep: A Well-Rested Mom is a Happy Mom

We all know that lack of sleep can turn you into a cranky anxious mom. So make sure to prioritize sleep. 8-10 hours is recommended, however, each person has their own necessary sleep schedule. You know how much sleep you need. A well-rested mom is ready to take on the world.

Exercise Those Worries Away

Exercise isn't just for weight loss; it's for stress loss too. A quick workout or even a leisurely walk can clear your mind, reduce anxiety, and give you a refreshing energy boost. When I coach those new to fitness that’s what I teach you to focus your mind on. How can exercise add to your life? 

Connect with Other Moms

Being a mom can sometimes feel lonely. Find your mom friends– those wonderful women who understand what you're going through. A little chat, a cup of tea, and some shared laughs can do wonders for your mood. Adding others into your life that have the same goals and lifestyle as you can actually improve your chances at success. 

If you're in the Bend, Oregon region, check out these great community running groups!

Don't Do It All

If it's feasible, consider hiring some help, even if it's just for a few hours a week. This gives you a chance to focus on your self-care without worrying about chores. Your time and energy is worth the money and you can spend more time focusing on other ways to add to your life. I get it though, this is not always an option. If spending money isn't an option, try trading babysitting hours with a friend. I used to go to the park with a mom friend and she would go on a 30 minute walk, while I hung out with the kids and then we would switch. 

No More Mom Guilt

Mom guilt might knock on your door occasionally, but it's time to send it packing. Remember, taking care of yourself isn't a luxury; it's a necessity. A happy, relaxed mom is a gift to your family and helps you maintain your own self-identity. So, embrace self-care. You've got this!

Defeating the Clock: Finding 'You' Time

Time, or rather the lack of it, can seem impossible to find. There is a way to find time. Forget the idea of long, uninterrupted workouts. Sneak in shorter, more frequent exercises throughout the day. Those ten-minute power sessions can add up. 

We're All In This Together: Enlist Your Tiny Sidekicks

Let's talk about involving your little munchkins. You're not just working out; you're setting an example, teaching them the value of staying active. Make it a family affair! Turn the living room into an obstacle course or have dance parties in the kitchen.

Engage your kids in your workout routine. They'll love playing alongside you. Use them as weights for squats or have a dance-off in the living room. It's a win-win – you work out, and they have a blast. The best part? It's bonding time and a mini workout.

Delegate and Ditch Perfection

Here's a little secret – perfection is overrated. The house doesn't always need to be spotless, and gourmet meals can take a backseat. Delegate tasks and enlist help when you can. Remember, you don't have to do it all alone. The more you free up, the more time you have for yourself.

Want to eliminate workout decision fatigue? Consider working with a personal trainer who knows first hand the challenges that Mom's face everyday!

Combine Fun and Exercise

The park can be your best friend. While your little ones run around, you can squeeze in a workout, too. Use park benches for step-ups, and you'll find monkey bars make excellent pull-up bars. Your kids play, you play, everybody wins!

Remember. balance isn't a destination; it's a journey. Finding time for yourself is as important as any other task on your list. So take that step, even if it's a small one. And keep in mind: A healthier, happier mom means a healthier, happier family. 

Workout Tips for Moms: 

I know that the thought of working out can be overwhelming and you might be thinking, “where do I even start?”. First off, you can totally do this! Keep reading to find out how. 

Baby Steps: Begin Gently

Starting small and staying consistent is key. Begin with a 10-minute daily walk; it's a great way to get moving without overwhelming yourself. Your little one can tag along in a stroller. As you build stamina, extend your walks and find the pace that suits you.

Home Sweet Home: Create a Mini Gym

Life can get hectic, and it's not always possible to hit the gym. So, let the gym come to you! Invest in some resistance bands, a yoga mat, and a couple of dumbbells. You've got yourself a mini workout haven right at home. 

Bodyweight Workouts

No equipment? No problem! Your own body is the best piece of fitness equipment you have. Try squats, push-ups, or planks. Mix and match these bodyweight exercises for a quick, effective workout while your little one naps or plays nearby. Keep reading my blog to get the best insight on easy,at home, body weight workouts. 

Celebrate Small Wins

Finally, don't rush things. Set achievable goals and celebrate every milestone. Whether it's your first full push-up or managing a longer run, these small victories are the stepping stones to your fitness success.

Remember, you're not just working out for yourself; you're setting a wonderful example for your children. So go ahead, embrace the journey from baby steps to burpees, because being a fit and fabulous mom is totally doable!

Community and Support

Ever heard the saying, "It takes a village"? Well, when it comes to your fitness journey, it takes a tribe. Let's talk about how you can build a solid support system and find your own fit mom tribe.

Finding Your Mom Squad

You know that exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line at a race? Imagine sharing that moment with your fellow mom friends. Building your mom squad isn't just about workouts; it's about connecting with like-minded women who understand the wins and challenges of motherhood.

Online or In-Person: Take Your Pick

Your mom group can be online or in your neighborhood. There are plenty of Facebook groups, fitness apps, and local workout classes tailored to moms. Go with what suits your lifestyle and preferences.

Sweat Together, Stay Together

Exercising with friends makes the journey fun. Plan group workouts or join a local fitness class that offers childcare. You'll not only get fit but also share some quality time with your mom pals.

Alternatively, find a fellow mom who shares your fitness goals. You can take turns watching each other's kids while the other works out. It's a great way to stay accountable and make exercising a social event. Not to mention your little ones get the benefit of a fun play date!

Shared Goals, Shared Success

Being part of a fit mom community means having buddies who understand your goals. You're not alone in striving for health and wellness. Whether it's losing baby weight, getting stronger, or simply staying active, your tribe will support you every step of the way.

Encouragement on Hard Days

Some days, lacing up those sneakers can feel like climbing a mountain. That's when your tribe swoops in with encouragement. They remind you of your goals, cheer you on, and, if needed, even drag you out of the house for a workout.

Celebrate Small Wins

In a fit mom tribe, no achievement is too small to celebrate. Whether it's your first push-up or an entire week of healthy eating, your squad will be there with virtual high-fives and maybe even a celebratory dance.

Swap Tips and Tricks

The best part of being in a fit mom tribe? The endless exchange of tips and tricks. From quick, healthy recipes to the best post-workout stretches, you'll have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. Not to mention they'll have their own tried and true methods for sneaking in those workouts, despite the busyness.

Squad Goals for Fit Moms

Remember, your mom tribe isn't just about fitness. It's about support, friendship, and making your motherhood journey a little easier. So, start building your squad today, and let's crush those fitness goals together!

I know how hard it can be to squeeze in those workouts and not feel guilty for prioritizing my own health and well-being. t's not about finding extra hours in your day; it's about making the most of the time you have. You've learned to outsmart the clock with short, frequent workouts, involve your kids in fun activities, delegate tasks, and build your mom squad for support.

Remember, you don't have to sacrifice 'me time' to be a great mom. It's time to banish that mom guilt and prioritize self-care. Find what makes your heart sing, set boundaries, get enough sleep, and make exercise a stress-relieving habit.

Lastly, building a tribe of fit moms can turn your fitness journey into an exciting adventure. Whether online or in-person, finding your mom squad will keep you motivated, accountable, and, most importantly, surrounded by like-minded women who understand your journey. Together, we can crush those fitness goals while still being the amazing moms we are. Mom guilt, consider yourself officially defeated!

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