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You’re constantly putting the needs of others before your own, tying up loose ends, and holding it all together. You have a full-time job, a spouse, a class schedule, hobbies and a pet. You’re a mom! You have the most important job in the world and it comes with a great deal of responsibility, so how do you squeeze in a workout or ensure proper nutrition?
If you look at social media, #fitmom, you’ll find tons of women who are committed to living fully in all aspects of life, including health and fitness. They’ve found ways to incorporate physical activity and healthy practices into their daily routine. This, of course, came with trial, error and a lot of practice. Each stage of motherhood has different demands and requirements, so it’s important to make time to care for yourself in order to care for your loved ones.
“Being a mom, working and going to school created a very hectic life. Balancing these three components wasn’t easy but I had to ‘make it happen!” Kirsa Murray, mom of two 3-year-old twin girls, is a perfect example of the trial and error process. Kirsa was determined to make a change for the better, realizing she had many reasons, including her daughters, to embrace a fit, healthy lifestyle. Like all moms, she faces many challenges in the quest to be fit, but she never lets it deter her.
Waking up early, eating breakfast, meal planning, writing out a schedule, and taking “me time” all become important factors when striving toward this change. As far as the actual exercise is concerned, it’s important to do your research. Kirsa began by seeking out community resources and kid-friendly gyms in her area. That’s when she stumbled upon The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago, Illinois. This was a fantastic find for her because the gym and its childcare hours worked with her class and work schedule. The staff is great with children and the center even provides aquatics and arts programming for children of members and non-members.
Now, Kirsa’s children are 3 years old, they go to school and they’re old enough for the gym’s childcare. What about the new moms? What about pre-natal moms? It all goes back to researching what your community has to offer because programming does exist.
Fit4Mom is the largest fitness program in the United States that caters to every stage of motherhood. Fit4Mom hosts classes like Fit4baby (pre-natal fitness), Stroller Strides, and Body Back. Their offerings are extensive, from emotional support and education for moms, to playgroups and family activities, it’s definitely worth looking into. If a program like Fit4Mom is not an option for you, consider working out with your young ones. Look to some #fitmoms for guidance, like Danielle Jones (@msboston) who includes her daughter, Honor, in her home workouts.
At the end of the day, moms have a lot on their plates, and it’s important to do things that promote positivity, happiness, and overall well-being. The more you exercise, naturally the better you’ll feel as exercise has been proven to alleviate depression and anxiety. Finding your way may take time and that’s okay.
“You have to really figure out what works for you. Maybe home workouts are best, so dedicate nap time to your workout. If your babies are younger, go for a walk. I just say never compare your situation and see what best fits your lifestyle.” –Kirsa Murray