You can be a mom AND wear your skinny jeans!!
BEWARE: I’m about to take away your excuses!
I have a love-hate relationship with the word “Supermom.” I do think that all moms perform heroic and superhuman feats on a daily basis, but I also think that the term sets an unrealistic and unattainable goal. As women, we wear a lot of hats (mother, cook, driver, nurse, maid, wife, lover, daughter, sister, colleague, etc.) but the term “supermom” makes it seem like we have to wear them all at the same time!
I actually think that the best thing we can do for ourselves and the people in our lives is to prioritize which hats we want to wear and then wear them one at a time
In my line of work, I am usually counseling women about how to fit fitness into their already busy lives. What I tell them is that not only CAN you be a great mom and be fit and healthy… but you SHOULD! Making good mental and physical health a priority will make you happier, more self-confident and will make all the other hats you wear fit a little bit better 🙂 (you can use shoes too if you love them as much as I do..)
There are really three key steps to finding fitness that fits your life:
- Decide WHY being healthy and fit is important to you and write down your reason.
- Decide what your health/fitness goals are and WRITE THEM DOWN! (for great information on goal setting try http://www.briantracy.com)
- Resolve to make changes.. not excuses
Is it easy.. of course not.
Is it simple… YES!
There are as many ways to fit fitness into your life as there are variations of black pumps …
Here are a few ideas:
- Embrace the great outdoors. Go for a walk, run, bike ride, or hike—by yourself, with your significant other, best friend or dog.. Just get outside and move!
- Embrace your inner child—check out the local park to walk/jog/run laps/run stairs/play Frisbee/volleyball, etc. Maybe even a great game of Red Rover 😉
- Workout at home — invest in a couple of exercise DVDs. You can even invite a few friends over for a regular Fit Club so you get a group setting with all the creature comforts of home. Here are some suggestions http://www.fitrh72.com
- Go shopping for discounts—Many companies employee fitness discounts or classes & you should check with your health insurance too…. You might have a pre-tax fitness stipend and not know it!
- You pay taxes— avail yourself of city/county resources. Many counties/cities have health/fitness programs and classes that are held at community centers and are often very affordable. Local high schools are a great resource as well—if they have a track or a pool, they often open it to the public at certain times during the week.
- Join a softball league/runners club or other team sport.
- Technology can be your friend! There are so many online resources that offer sample exercises, 30 day challenges, online fit clubs, meal planner tools.. there are podcasts, phone apps and Netflix. Some sites I like: www.sparkpeople.com , www.myfitnesspal.com
- Check out fitness magazines both in print and online.
- Use Facebook and Twitter. Most fitness celebrities have facebook pages and twitter accounts… follow, friend or “like” them.. they often post sample exercises, tips, etc.
- Reclaim the TV remote! Check out the workouts on Exercise TV and other channels.. for free. www.exercisetv.tv
So, decide which hats (or heels) are more important to you, stop making excuses for not putting them on…. And go buy a pair of skinny jeans to wear to the next PTA meeting 🙂
This guest blog post written by Rachel Hamrick who is a BeachBody coach and has her own blog at On The Fly Fitness where you can get fitness tips and much more. Follow @rhamrick on Twitter.