You can be a fit mom when you make fitness a priority for yourself and your kids. Yes, it seems nearly impossible when you’re simply trying to use the bathroom by yourself. As a mom of 5, I’ve been there, and I’ve found ways to be a fit mom during 19 years of parenting.
It is so important for us moms to be physically active and to cultivate that in our kids. Important but not easy! How do you make time movement or exercise? How do you encourage it for your kids?
How to Make Time to Be a Fit Mom
As moms, we need to accept that it’s okay to set aside time daily for exercise. We also need to accept that we have to be flexible and have several options for exercising. In my home, I have a treadmill, a collection of workout videos, and access to more workout videos on YouTube for the winter months. In a few months, if I want to go some place to workout, I can go to Planet Fitness for $10 per month.
Where I Started
I first started running in high school to lose weight. My mom and dad had separated; I was depressed. I gained a lot of weight. Running seemed like something to do. I continued to run as exercise through college and into my marriage with my husband at age 25.
When my first son came along, I walked for awhile, and then picked up running again. Because there was just 3 of us, I could fit my running in around my full-time work schedule. I also competed in 10 mile race. 7 years later, we had 4 kids in a row. I had running injuries. I felt like walking was all I could; I wasn’t going to be able to run again.
My Fit Mom Routine Now
About 2 years ago, I decided to start running again. I missed running longer distances. I missed being fit. I was getting older and finding it harder to keep the weight off without increasing my level of activity. I developed the habit of getting my runs done first thing in the morning before my kids got up, with a longer run at a local wildlife refuge on Sunday mornings.
Just over a year ago, I had a very bad ankle sprain. It was 6 weeks before I could walk properly, and at least another month before I felt safe to run. However, because I didn’t do any physical therapy for my ankle, I ended up injuring my other ankle, and then finally went for physical therapy.
While I was rehabbing, I used my Fitbit to help me reach a goal of taking 10,000 steps daily. I knew if I stayed active, I could reach that goal. I would take walks around the neighborhood. I would take the kids on day trips to museums which meant a lot of walking. Whenever we went to the pool, I would spend time doing laps before the pool filled up with other people. I rode my bike around our neighborhood. I kept looking for ways to be active while getting back into running.
Fit Mom Tracking Tools
My fitness journal is a homemade journal I designed in Word myself and had copied and bound at my local Staples. I use this to track my exercise workouts, stretching, and strengthening workouts. Since I’m training for a 10 mile race in mid-May, I wrote my weekly training plan on each page to help me stay on track with gradually adding mileage without injuring myself.
I use MapMyRun to track all my runs, races, and other workouts. I used to track my strength training in MapMyRun, but I found it to be too much work. I find it easier to write the workouts with weights in my Fitness Journal. Using MapMyRun to track mileage also helps me know when it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes and start breaking them in.
Other Workout Options
I just recently discovered the PopSugar Fitness Channel on YouTube. The video shown below is a 40 minute workout with a cardio segment, strength segment, and stretching segment. No special equipment needed, just your body weight. PopSugar Fitness has 10 minute workouts if you need to space your workouts throughout the day.