Every New Year, I made the resolution to get fit + stick to a consistent work out routine. I used to spend an hour at the gym, but as soon as I had my 2nd child, that time (and energy) went out the door. My free time was spent working-out and then working. I soon replaced my gym membership with a treadmill, and then replaced that with online workouts and programs that required even less time to achieve desired results. When my 2nd daughter was almost 2 years old, I hit a roadblock. I was beyond frustrated that I couldn’t lose the weight (I dropped it all and then some after my 1st born) and decided to hire a friend who is a fitness and nutrition expert to help set me on the right track. She said that you only need about 20 minutes of high-intensity exercise to achieve results. It was such a relief to hear from an actual professional that I didn’t have to dread spending an hour working out to get back to my pre-baby form.
Here are my Tips + Tricks for staying fit as a busy mom!
For starters, I realized I am not the only mom struggling with getting and staying fit while raising kids, so I created a Facebook group with a few blogger/working-mom friends who shared similar goals. I discovered MyFitnessPal and bought a heart rate monitor to measure calories burned. For some reason, I found it easier to track food with the app than by doing Weight Watchers, which I was very successful with after my 1st born. With a mixture of dance, healthy eating, and tracking with the app, I hit my goal weight and was even lower than my wedding weight.
Even my girls are getting into fitness with me! They enjoy doing the dance workouts and have even requested to do kids yoga. Since I work from home and balance that with my other full time job as a mom of 3 girls, I don’t have a ton of time to workout, so I squeeze in a workout before the bus comes and then I work out when the baby naps in the afternoon. My work out routine is constantly changing too, but fitness experts will tell you to change it up about every 8 weeks so your body doesn’t get comfortable. Right now, my week looks like this:
Tuesday: 2 mile walk with the baby or 15-minute dance interval workout
Thursday: 2 mile walk with the baby or 15-minute dance interval workout
Friday: Either skip or do another 2 mile walk with the baby
Saturday: Longer strength/interval workout
Sunday: Take the day off
When choosing strength training workouts, you want to go with something that works your whole body. OR, do upper body one day and lower body the next. I do circuit workouts for about 10-15 minutes either from monthly health/fitness magazines, or YouTube channels like BeFit and programs like 30 Day Fat Burn with Astrid McGuire and Danielle Pascente. If you have more time, I highly recommend Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled with Andrea Rodgers. Your arms and legs will feel like Jell-O when you’re done, and it’s all from ballet. When I needed a quick arm workout, I’ve done the Ballet Beautiful Swan Arms. Don’t let the name fool you- this was intense!
For cardio, I’ve done everything from celebrity workouts (I love the Kristy Yamaguchi workout) to using the treadmill. When I rediscovered dance, I got hooked on the videos by trainer Keaira LaShae. Her videos are like going to a dance party! I love the burn from her workouts, and the most you’re working out is about 30 minutes. Right now, I’m doing her Burn to the Beat program which is a series of interval dance moves from African to Hip Hop. In addition to the online workouts, I’ve been taking my baby out for walks in the morning and using the MapMyFitness to track my distance and calories (it’s a MyFitnessPal product which also syncs to the FitBit). Thankfully my Fabletics long sleeve top has been perfect in the colder mornings; the mesh panels across my shoulder allowed for some cool air through to keep my body from overheating. The outside walks have also been an opportunity to catch up with work-related news through podcasts and YouTube videos. I also subscribe to nutrition podcasts like The Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Eating Well and Feeling Fabulous.
What are some of your favorite ways to get fit?
AUTHOR BIO: Hilary Morris balances her role as mom of 3 girls with her own social media consulting business. Her love of fashion, as well as her daughters’ natural ability for coordinating unlikely colors & patterns, inspired the launch of her kids fashion blog AFancyGirlMust. She also is a Child Star Style contributor to HollywoodMomBlog. Hilary can often be found on Instagram giving a peek into her world of favorite local spots, recent craft projects, new recipes, fashion finds, and three little loves.