Has your fitness routine changed after you had kids? If your kids are anything like mine, one positive aspect of parenting is that I’m literally never sitting. While it’s exhausting, it definitely keeps me active which I love. Sitting down on the couch to relax during the day is a long-gone luxury.
That said, it is important to me to stay healthy and active, both for mental and physical health and running around the house all day isn’t going to cut it. Before the boys came along, I ran outside pretty frequently and belonged to a variety of gyms. I tried workout classes with friends like spinning, TRX and yoga, but always went back to running or elliptical workouts.
But the idea of even committing to a workout class when life is this busy stresses me out. I’ve reluctantly started to embrace “going with the flow” and I think it can help the day go more smoothly. Some days we are super busy with planned activities, but other days we see where the day takes us. When you are balancing two little moods, nap schedules, and individual demands, sometimes it’s easier NOT to fight it and just go with it.
You’re probably also trying to squeeze in wellness and fitness with all of your other demands — I get it. Here are some of my tips to keeping up a routine so that you can keep a good handle on both your weight and sanity. Wherever you are — you’re doing great!
- Invest in quality active wear. I admit it, there are still some items in my workout closet that date way back to college. I’ve tried phasing those out and investing in quality workout pieces that can double up on playdates or active outings with the boys. For fall, I discovered prAna, a clothing company that makes fashionable and versatile clothes from sustainable materials. Their items are super soft and high quality and can take you from your workout class to a neighborhood BBQ. I’m wearing the Penelope pullover in Gravel and the Deco Crop in Cobalt. These are going to be on repeat this fall, so heads up if you see them in my Instagram stories 🙂
- Pick an activity you love. Figure out what activity fuels you – not the most popular program at your gym or the one your mom friends choose. For me, I could never get behind Pilates. But spinning was totally my jam. And I commit to doing it a couple times a week — not getting militant about going every single day. I’ve also tried Pelaton bikes at my gym and love the convenience of doing those (on-demand spinning classes via video that sits on the spinning bike). Choosing to workout for joy, balance and happiness can feel more sustainable than committing to a routine that feels too much to maintain.
- Weigh yourself weekly. I know some people choose to never weigh themselves, but I like the accountability. If I notice the scale heading upwards, I do a mental check-in with either eating or activity habits that may need to be adjusted. A weekly check-in can also help you keep a tab on weight gain before it becomes a problem that requires strict dieting.
- Give yourself grace. Let’s keep it real — some weeks will go better than others and if you end up choosing to walk with your kids at the zoo than head to the gym, savor that time! If you end up not getting to the gym that week, let it go. Start planning the week ahead and find where you can squeeze in an extra workout.
- Eat in a balanced way. This can mean so many different things for different people. But I’m a big believer that what you eat makes all the difference in your overall health and wellness. For me this means having a handle on sweets and carbs (my weaknesses!) On a daily basis this means if I have carbs for lunch or breakfast, I try to keep dinner low-carb. I’ve also stuck to single-serve sweets at night like SkinnyCow desserts. Halo ice cream is also amazing but sometimes those pints are more calories than I need. SkinnyCow normally keeps their desserts below 150 which is great and manageable.
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What’s your tip for staying active when life gets crazy?