Discover the secrets of balancing fitness and mom life to achieve LONG TERM, amazing results. Staying in shape will never feel like a chore again.
Why you aren’t getting results
Change takes time. It takes consistency and commitment. We can’t expect to see results if we don’t prioritze our fitness. What that doesn’t look like is doing a workout once this week, then four times the next. Or followed mediocre eating habits for a few days followed by a strict calorie count the rest of the week. That type of pattern is not going to cut it. You are going to know that you are not giving your fitness your best efforts. A lack of results will have your disappointment confirmed. Restarting the cycle all over again.
Instead of trying to overcompensate for the times that you fall off track, re-evaluate what you can realisticaly do about your goals.
How balancing fitness and mom life get you results
Set realistic goals. Let’s start there. Begin with small, achievable goals that you know you can accomplish given your lifestyle. That could be four 30-minute workouts a week. Or maybe drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Or buying lunch out just once a week.
When you use this approach you will see small bites of progress. That will keep you motivated to stay consistent and continue. The more motivated you are, the more excited you become about your fitness. In turn, making you less likely to quit when it gets tough. And the longer you stay committed to your goals, the more results you will see. You won’t reach your goals with a half-hearted approach. Start building up small habits that you know you can maintain.
How you can balance fitness and mom life
As a mom like yourself, I know that you are busy. Sometimes we must work around life and cut the excuses to make get results. I am not suggesting that you skip family dinner or your kid’s clarinet concert for an hour at the gym. However, your fitness is a priority. Remember that your fitness goes beyond your physique, it is your health. You can’t be the best mom you can be, or a happy one, when you are unhealthy and feel miserable because of it.
Get big results from small changes
If that means you look at your planner for the week or next day and commit your 30 minutes of exercise (or even 20, whatever you have!) then so be it! Save travel time and workout at home if you have a tight schedule that day. Keep in mind that your workouts are also “me time,” and will give you that much needed mental reset so you can stay focused and on top of things.
Or maybe you stop buying those junk food snacks your husband likes to have in the house so you are not tempted to eat them. You don’t have to expect the household to eat kale smoothies, but everyone can benefit from a healthier diet.
Maybe you go to bed after you put the kids down so you get good night’s rest and feel more energized to workout the next day. And yeah, that means you may be missing the latest episode of that new show you are watching. But any small way you can make a healhy decision without turning your life upside down, adds up to help you stay fit with less stress. And less stress means you’re more likely to stay committed.
Involve your family in your fitness
Your family can be your biggest cheerleaders and your best accountability coaches. Especially kids, they love to point out when you can do better, right? LOL. So why can’t you incorporate your family time into your fitness?
Get them involved and do a family workout. Or keep exercise fun with sports, tag, or a hike. Take advantage of playdates and ask the other moms if they want to workout while the kids play together. Whatever activity gets you sweating and keeps the kids interested can give you the workout you need while spending quality time with everyone.
And when it comes to the kitchen, use a new healthy meal as an opportunity to cook together and teach your kids about nutrtion. Get them excited to eat healthy too. You can put the family on a meal plan but let your kids pick the meals that fit into it.
And as far as help around the house, you can also have everyone pitch in on the chores so mom has more time to run to the gym.
You can also get the family involved with a rewards system. Like whoever does the most workouts that week picks the movie for movie night. Get creative, the more involved your family is, the more motivated you will be to stay on track and set an example.
Remember what balance looks like
To avoid burnout so that you can stay committed to those goals, it’s so important to remember to give yourself grace. Expecting perfection on all fronts can spread yourself too thin. The key to balancing fitness and mom life is to do your best to keep your fitness from feeling like another chore on Mom’s To-do List. So if you have to do a short 15 or 10 minute workout that day, it’s still better than no workout. Make the most out of the time that you do have. Or maybe, the laundry doesn’t get done so you have time to do that workout.
Say you eat a bad meal, it’s still better than a DAY of bad meals. Acknowledge it and do better the next time you eat. If you stress yourself out over the little things, you won’t stay committed and you will find yourself starting all over again.
Stay balanced and do what you can make fitness a long term commitment.
Balancing fitness and mom life with this workout
Challenge your balance, stability, and focus with this super simple bodyweight workout that improves your fitness and help you take your workouts to the next level.