Looking for a little inspiration to achieve your postnatal fitness goals? I get it – mom’s needs end up at the bottom of every “to do” list – after work responsibilities, soccer practice, laundry, grocery shopping, putting out fires and feeding the dog… It’s hard! But it’s not out of reach. It only takes minutes a day – and those minutes will give back to you in so many ways! I’m excited to share with you a few practical tips to help you on your journey to a fitter, healthier you. Note: if you’re currently expecting, click here to read top pregnancy workout tips!
Choose to be healthy today
Yes, TODAY! Don’t wait until Monday to start working out or decide to eat healthier tomorrow. Start right now. I’ll be there to support you each step of the way – from Mama’s First Steps to Brava, Bella! We can do it together…
Schedule your workouts
Schedule workouts in your calendar and consider them non-negotiable commitments. What’s the best time of day to workout? The time that works for you. It might be late night or early morning, lunch time or nap time… whenever you can make it happen. If you have not been consistently working out, start with this weekly goal:
5x 5-10 minutes of core compressions
Stock your kitchen with healthy food
A stocked kitchen makes it easy to eat well. Keep cheese sticks, snack packs of nuts, boiled eggs and fresh vegetables on hand. Replace the cookie jar with a bowl of seasonal fruit. Fill the freezer with meat/chicken/fish for quick, protein-packed dinners. Whatever it is that tempts you to stray from healthy eating, hide it or throw it out.
Enjoy splurge meals!
To sustain healthy momentum, indulge once in a while. Eat well most of the time, and enjoy a splurge meal twice a week. Eat whatever you like for those meals, enjoy every bite, and don’t feel guilty. Return to your healthy routine with the next meal or snack.
Whether you monitor progress with a measuring tape, a scale or your favorite pair of jeans… check in with yourself once a week to make sure you’re on the right track. Are you mindlessly eating the kids’ snacks – a bite here and a sip there? Are your portions getting out of control? By checking in once a week with an objective measure, you can curb unhealthy trends early to stay on target.
You are on your way! One step at a time, you are transforming your body to reveal the fittest, healthiest you. You’re doing it for yourself; you’re doing it for your children; you’re doing it because it feels so good to be strong and healthy and beautiful. Brava, Bella!