Friday, January 11, 2013
Workout motivation for moms (and everyone else too)
As a mom, I over hear a lot of excuses from other mom's talking while I'm waiting at school, the doctor, dentist, gymnastics, etc of why they don't exercise or can't lose their babyfat (10+ years later). I've been in many many situations and I have managed to stay fit through it all. I'm going to try to touch on some of my favorite or most common excuses and tell you how I got around them.
1) "I don't have the time." There is always time to exercise. No matter what, you can exercise anywhere, anytime. Got kids? Take them to the park, use the swing- pumping works abs and legs. Get on the monkey bars- works your arms. Run around and play tag- when's the last time you played an outdoor game? Got to make dinner? Don't use your mixer, do it by hand, you'd be amazed at the bicep workout you can get by hand mixing, it's good for your grip strength too. Make a loaf of bread and knead it by hand- OMG, ten minutes of kneading bagel dough and you're already building those arms up! Put away your food processor and chop veggies with a knife and cutting board- it's all in your arms. Deadlift your laundry and carry it up and down the stairs- or even your kids for that matter.
2) "My husband travels and I don't have anyone to watch the kids." Welcome to my world baby! My husband routinely travels out of the country for a week or two at a time and guess what? I still exercise every.single.day! I live far away from family and I've moved so much, I'm constantly having to make new friends before I find people to help out with the kids.
Here's what I've done:
a) Join a gym with childcare- my kids weren't too keen as littles to go to child care, so I often took the bigger ones and left the baby home with my husband. If he was travelling, I'd go outside and run.
b)I got two baby joggers, a double, then a triple. Yes, I ran with three kids in the stroller, want to talk about a way to burn some steam?
c) I got myself some exercise videos that I enjoyed and knew I'd routinely do. I got Power Yoga and Insanity- I do these often and they require no equipment, so they are easy to do from the living room. When I lived in Japan, it was too expensive to join a gym, and there was no childcare at the gym anyways, (did I mention my husband was working 14 hour days, so all my exercise for those 5 years was done at home, with kids, or early morning before the sun came up). Instead of paying for a gym membership, I used the money to buy different workout dvd's to see which one I liked. The price of a video wasn't that much and was still cheaper than a monthly gym membership. A DVD isn't necessarily preferrable, especially when you're working out alone, but hey, gotta get that workout in!
e) Joined a crossfit gym that doesn't have childcare, but doesn't mind if I bring in well behaved kids (and yes, I will bribe them to behave because a happy, destressed mom is much more fun to be around than a grumpy stressed out one).
3) "I had a c-section so I can't exercise."- I had 5 c-sections! I took about a week off, then just started walking. Almost every mother known to mankind has a stroller. Put your baby in it and go. Bad weather?- I'd head to the mall. I walked almost everyday, starting with a half mile per day, after I had my kids. I healed faster and fit back into my clothes in record time. Recommended break from heavy activity for a c-section is 12 weeks. I did not run or lift weights for those 12 weeks, just walked, and by the time I was ready to do normal activity again, it was not hard to get back in my routine. I also did yoga about 3 times a week- actually prenatal yoga, I still do it now, just turn the volume down so you don't have to hear her talk about the baby in your stomach- lol.
4) "I'm pregnant so I can't do anything."- Again, been pregnant 5 times and exercised throughout all of them- not hardcore, just walking and weight lifting. I ran for about 6 months in my first pregnancy, but I kept having to go to the bathroom, and it got annoying, so I stopped. The weight lifting was light weights, but I kept it up all the way to the end of my first three pregnancies, with c-sections, it helped tremendously post baby, because without your stomach muscles, you've got to rely a lot on arms and back. I did prenatal yoga three times per week, it was so relaxing and it did help strengthen my muscles. You have to be strong, especially if you have other kids to take care of.
8) "I'm injured, so I can't workout." Modifications baby! The worst thing you can do is nothing. If your arm hurts, use your legs and vice versa.
I know I've forgotten some, so if you have an excuse and you need a reason, let me know, I'll come up with something.