I have always loved exercise, seriously loved it. I played volleyball for a few years but quit before high school, then I moved onto running, and now I enjoy several types of workouts. I don’t know if any mommas out there can relate, but after you have a baby, there are so many aches and pains that weren’t previously there. Since then, I have really gotten into strength workouts, indoor cardio, especially my purple exercise bike (best $100 dollars I have spent), and yoga. When I was pregnant with Dalton I was able to sleep all day and I let that be my excuse to not workout. This pregnancy I began working out in the second trimester after the morning sickness subsided. I’m really trying to stay strong in the hopes that my labor will go similar to my labor with Dalton, which didn’t last long at all.
My workouts these days (they change depending on how I am feeling of course): 15-20 minutes on my bike, changing the tension every few minutes. Followed by a yoga video from youtube or a strength workout. Some days I just do a strength workout. I would like to say that I always stretch afterwards, but that doesn’t happen, which is something I am working towards.
- Do an activity you love at least 15 minutes a day, get your body moving!
- Squats and lunges. I love doing 100 squats a day, right before bed, on the days that I don’t get a workout in.
- Listen to some music or a podcast that gets you motivated.
- Keep track of the days you have worked out. Then you can see how hard you’ve been working and will find motivation to workout on the days you don’t feel like it.
- Find the time of day that works for you!
- Workout while your kids are playing, it doesn’t always have to be during nap time.
- Find an accountability partner.
- Always fuel your body with water and with whole foods that are nutrient dense! This has been the best healthy habit I have ever adopted.
- Find balance! You don’t have to workout everyday and you don’t have to avoid treating yourself to a piece of cake. I like to follow an 80/20 rule. Make good habits 80 percent of the time and don’t feel guilty when you eat something unhealthy.