Ok mamas listen up. Whether you have a 6 month old, a 5 year old or any combination and more (bless you) there is one piece of fitness advice I think it is essential you know.
Something isn’t nothing when it comes to fitness and exercise. Doing something is better than doing nothing. Consistency and finding the time to exercise is one of the biggest struggles I hear from the moms I work with and the moms I know, especially those with young kids.
I totally get how exercise becomes harder as a mom. I had this feeling it would be but until I was smack dab in the middle of it I couldn’t truly understand how much less time, energy, and motivation I have. I didn’t get how I would have to plan workouts around nursing boobs or nap time or navigate with a sick baby and a million other things I could be doing.
The other day someone told me that exercise is easier for moms because we are at home with the kids, have more structure to ours days and are more motivated to get it in for our kids. Ok, one no. Two, no. And three, not really. If I find that superhero power I will share it with you but in the meantime check out what I have to say.
Prior to having kids you may have enjoyed long runs or CrossFit classes where you were able to hang out and socialize after or hour long yoga classes but unless you have a ton of help and someone to watch your kids whenever it just won’t be the case.
I know it might feel frustrating that you don’t have the time for yourself or you start to mourn the exercise you use to do or maybe the body you use to have.
But it is going to be ok. This is a season in your life and this season will pass.
What I don’t want for you is to give up until your kids are older. You are too important to do that.
I want you to start now, even if it isn’t ideal, even if the workouts are short. You body and mind will thank you and you will show up as a better participant in your own life for yourself and for others.
Here is how to start.
- Give yourself permission to let go of how you think it should be and focus on what it is.
- Start with 5-15 minute workouts 3 times a week.
- Focus on accomplishment of completing a workout, not the outcome of weight loss or body change.
I know eventually you want to get back to longer workouts and yes it is ideal to workout longer lets say 20-50 minutes 3-4 times week. These short workouts are not going to be the golden ticket to body change but here is why at the same time they are.
They are going to get you into a routine that you can sustain and once you do that you can start to build on that time and frequency. In my momME fit coaching club I had a mama who had been having a hard time not working out tell me that there was something about the shortness of these works that mentally made her feel like she could do them. I love this so much.
Because in the middle of a crazy day you look if you look at trying to add a 60 minute workout into your schedule you may be quick to brush if off. But if you look at a 5 minute workout it probably feels so much more doable.
I will speak from personal experience there have been days I feel so unmotivated and not like myself that I could cry. But if I just drag my booty to those dumbbells sitting under the pile of toys on the living room floor and get my heart rate up and my body moving for 10 minutes I feel so much better. I feel like a refreshed mama and woman, even if just temporarily, ha!
Remember your schedule is never going to be less busy or maybe even less stressful during this time. Kids will get sick, your babysitter will back out, a school function will pop up, you will get terrible sleep so if you are waiting for the perfect stop-ed-meds, it just won’t happen.
It is about all or nothing – it is about finding a way to make it work for you.