8 Fit Tips for Mom Life
Are you a fit mom? When I started my blog I created a handy freebie giving 8 Fit Tips for Mom Life. I decided it might be helpful to offer it again and go into more detail about each tip.
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I believe there is not just one shape for being fit. Anyone can be fit and for me it’s about a lifestyle change rather than a specific fit shape or number on the scale. My goal is to exercise 6 times a week if I can and eat lots of fruits and vegetables during the week. The weekends I let myself have treats or eat out without feeling guilty. Life is about balance and listening to your body.
Fit Tip 1: Abs
After my second csection it has taken longer for my abs to fully recover. I am currently 9 months postpartum and still modify some ab exercises. In both recoveries I was very careful to roll to my side before getting out of bed or up from laying on the floor. This will help take the strain off your abdominal muscles, which is especially important if you have diastasis recti.
When working out an easy way to help engage your abs correctly is pulling your belly button to your spine. You want to engage your transverse abdominals in order to help heal diastasis recti or tone your abdominal muscles to be pulled in and flat. I stay away from crunches since having babies to avoid contracting them incorrectly and making my ab separation worse. I had a 2 finger separation and now it’s close to 1.5. I still do many of the exercises that help heal it. Your pelvic floor is also just as important to heal so if you have any concerns please speak to your doctor or a pelvic floor specialist.
Fit Tip 2: HIIT
High Intensity Interval Training has become my favorite way to exercise. I love that I can get a great workout done in 20-30 minutes that helps keep my metabolism working all day. As a mom fitting in exercise can be low on the priority list but with HIIT workouts you can do them during nap time and feel great about getting in some beneficial “me time”.
Exercise helps reduce stress, gives you energy to keep up with your kids, and burns some calories from that delicious ice cream you ate hiding from your kids in the closet. I on the other hand eat my ice cream while taking a shower; hello multitasking!
Fit Tip 3: Snacks
We are big snackers in my family. I tend to eat smaller meals and then snack in between. I also breastfed both babies so I was hungry all the time and needed to make sure my calorie intake was good enough to keep my milk supply going.
Having healthy snacks on hand is going to be the key to success. Easy things like carrots and hummus, apple and peanut butter, or other fruits and cut up veggies. When you need some energy (aka carbs) try whole wheat noodles or bread (first ingredient should be whole wheat flower) and oatmeal (great for milk production). Energy bites are a great quick treat to have on hand.
My go-to smoothie recipe which is great for a filling snack or post workout can be found on my Instagram HERE.
Fit Tip 4: H2O
The easiest way to make sure you get enough water is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So for me I should be drinking at least 80 ounces of water (I currently weigh about 160 lbs). I also find that having a reusable tumbler or cute water bottle will encourage you to be drinking water both at home and on the go.
I stopped drinking pop (soda, coke, etc.) about 5 years ago. When I need carbonation I will go for a La Croix or Unsweetened Clear flavored water. If you need flavored water at home try adding fruit, lemon or lime, mint leaves, or cucumbers. I call that “fancy water” because for me I associate it with spas or hotels. What is your favorite add-in?
Fit Tip 5: Beauty
You are beautiful and strong! I strongly encourage you to have these words some place you look at every day so that you are reminded daily of these truths. Beauty and strength are both inward and outward. Our focus needs to be on our inner strength and beauty because that is what matters and will stay with us in this life. We need to be kind and selfless towards others. As a mother, I want my daughters to pursue inner beauty and not get caught up in the reflection in the mirror or the number on the scale. Love your body and treat it with care because God gave it to you, but don’t become so obsessed that the devil can sneak in and tear you down.
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14
Fit Tip 6: Dance
Staying active can feel like a chore sometimes so try new things or incorporate your kids and just move. My girls love walks in the neighborhood, dance parties in the kitchen, or just chasing each other around the yard. If you tend to sit and watch your kids playing outside try to join them. Get that heart rate up and spend some fun quality time laughing and making memories.
Anyone have a favorite dance party song? We love anything Disney!
Fit Tip 7: Rest
With exercise comes your body’s need for rest. We need to give our bodies time to recover from our HIIT workout or just running around with the kids and up all night with the baby. It can be so hard to find enough time for a nap or the recommended 8 hours of sleep at night. I currently get about 6-7 hours of sleep at night depending on how the baby does. I do notice that when I can get closer to 7 hours I feel better and stronger the next day. It is a constant struggle though balancing time with the husband after the kids go to bed, working on projects, cleaning, etc. and making sure I get sleep to function the next day. Maybe this week or month try to make it one of yours goals to get more sleep than normal. Let me know how it goes!
Fit Tip 8: Lifestyle
Let’s make mom life a healthy life! I hope these fit tips for mom life have been helpful and please let me know if you have any more questions.
Making small changes and letting them become a habit will help fitness become a lifestyle for you. Working out for me is a priority and a habit so it is easy for me to make it happen. I am working on incorporating more healthy snacks into our daily routine so that I am not easily tempted by the processed goodies in the pantry or at the store.
Your kids are watching you and learning from your actions. Incorporate them into healthy lifestyle changes as much as possible so they can see the importance and benefit themselves. Your toddlers will love playing tag outside or help making a smoothie. Your babies will benefit from nutritious food and time outside in the fresh air. Your older children will learn to respect and love their bodies.
You got this Mama! You are beautiful! You are strong!
Letter to my Daughters
Thank you girls for being so good when I want to work out. Isabella you inspired me to pursue my passion for fitness and aspire to dreams I didn’t know I had. You both are my why for staying active and working on my health. I love when I see you learn from me and get excited to do ‘oga’ with me.
Always find time to be active and treat your body like a temple for Christ. Give it nutritious food and lots of water. You both are beautiful and strong! Love your bodies no matter what shape or size you are.