Fitness Tips & Tricks

by - May 23, 2017



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I have been working out, at a local gym, for a few months now and it's been amazing. Never really been a gym membership owner before... Well, if I'm being honest, I never really worked out before. Until now! Redefining the Mom Bod!  I have not only noticed a huge difference in my body, but in my mind and attitude too! Surprisingly, I have more energy and when my body does get tired it's in a good way. I can feel the difference between guilt ridden lazy, I wanna lay on my adorable comfy sofa tired, to an actual motivated, goal accomplished, tired. Over the past few months I have been keeping mental notes of what has worked along my fitness journey and the things that keep me motivated.

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1) Get a Membership! I don't have as much motivation to work out at home like going to the gym gives me. It's a process to get Milo and myself up, fed, dressed and out the door in the mornings. So, when I get across town to my gym I try to make the most of my time there. I'm not saying I don't work out at home, but there are a lot of excuses I can make not too. Making time in my schedule to go to the gym and get away from work, cleaning, tv etc really helps. It's also nice for Milo and myself to have a routine in our lives and to get out of the house for a little bit everyday.

2) Kids Club/Day Care
I'm sure most of my readers are fellow mothers, or at least friends with mothers. So finding a gym with a day care program is essential! Truly it's been my saving grace. It took Milo a little time to get used to the atmosphere, since so much of our lives is just the two of us. These days however, he loves it and there are times I have to drag him away from the little friends he has made. My gym gives me two hours a day of day care time, where I can work out, distraction free, while still having Milo close by.

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3) Join a Class
I have joined a few really great classes at my gym and with my membership they are free! Classes keep me motivated more than just working out on my own. The instructors push me harder than I naturally would push myself and compile workouts I would have never thought of. I'm no fitness guru or trainer so working out with people who are, and know what they are doing, helps me target the parts of my body I want to target and assures I'm doing the workouts correctly. Plus, it's a great way to meet new people all while having fun.

4) Fitness Apps
If you don't have access to a gym, download a fitness app. I love the "30 Day Fitness Challenge" I downloaded from the google play store. It's like having a little trainer right in your pocket. You can enter in your stats to see where you are on the fitness scale. Which is super helpful if you are keeping track of your macros. The workouts are really well designed with video examples so you are shown how to do each workout correctly. It also has 6 difficultly levels so you can adjust as you get stronger!

5) Entertainment 
Ok, working out is very repetitive so in turn can be actually quite boring. I am what people call a "cardio bunny". Basically, I hang out on the incline trainer, treadmill, bike and stair-master. Hey, no shame in my game, but running for a half hour can lose it's appeal after just a couple minutes. So download or design your own playlist on Spotify. You can also plan your workout during a show you like. Many of the cardio machines at my gym have little tv's attached. I like to watch the Kardashians or Say Yes to the Dress. Y'all might not be as much of a basic white girl as I am, but I'm sure you can find something interesting to make your workouts not so bland.

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Comment below some of your favorite classes, fitness tips, and/or workouts! 







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24 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing these tips. After welcoming our little ones into our life, we moms tend to take fitness and exercising not so seriously... these tips will surely motivate moms... :D

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    1. i dont know if its becoming a mom or just growing older but i have started taking my health way more serious lately. from fitness to clean eating. I want to make sure i have as much time as possible with my son and that starts with me and my health

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  2. I need all the help I can get, I look like I'm still carrying my sons twin (he'll be 8 in a few months lol). It doesn't help that he's always with me so I find it hard to go to the gym or classes etc...

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    1. try looking for one that has a kids club it's really helpful

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  3. i will be doing a part two with a bunch of other good bits. Make sure you subscribe so you dont miss a thing

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  4. The design for your blog is really eye cathcing

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  5. Thanks for the tips! Fitness apps are a great idea for the busy mom!

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    1. definitely! especially moms who are busy and have no idea what they are doing when it comes to fitness like me haha

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  6. I love taking cardio dance classes as well as yoga and barre!

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    1. I have been taking a core crunch class that i have been loving. Really burns out the abs and after having my baby 8 months ago I need it. Yoga is always a favorite. Have you tried hot yoga?

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  7. Great.. I have planned my dance classes, one institute but separate for my kid n me.. SO i'll have me time along with being close to my baby

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    1. "Me" time when you are a mom is a necessity. Helps keep us sane lol

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    1. yes me too i recently found the 30 day challenge series and really love it. it tracks everything and is just super useful

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  9. I really don't have any fitness tips... but when I was working out I enjoyed it more when I went with another person and we encouraged each other. So I guess my tip would be is to take a fitness partner who will inspire you to keep going!

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    1. yes that is a great tip! i was going to add this into my part 2. I love working out with a buddy. really keeps us both accountable

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  10. I love all these tips! Going to a gym is so much more motivating to me than working out at home, and I can't tell you how many times I've gotten "stuck" on the machine due to a good show on the telly!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    - Katie Burry
    http://www.thatkatiegirl.com

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    1. Yes! I was watching dog the bounty hunter the other day and before i knew it the episode was over and i did a whole hour on the bike! Looked at my calorie count and I was shocked!

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  11. Oh I like how these things help keep you motivated! :) I'm struggling to find time - i don't think any gyms nearby have childminding which is a shame. I do feel better when I get a little bit of exercise in each day, even though it's just walking the dog, ha!

    Hope you are having a great week! I just published my first eBook so I'm having a pretty good week! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. that's great congratulations! I'll have to check it out. I am currently working on my e book as well. Make sure you subscribe to be notified to my blog updates

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  12. I really like your suggestion of the fitness app. I did pretty well with a yoga channel on YouTube back in January and even into February but I have been super unmotivated as of late.

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    1. i like this app because you can set a reminder for your workouts during a time that is convenient for you. That helps me stay motivated. I also use Youtube for my yoga practices. Have you watched Sarah Beth's yoga channel. I loved her throughout my pregnancy

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