How Can I Get in Shape as a Busy Mom?

Updated on March 16, 2019
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Brianna is a new mom of one and a virtual lifestyle coach who loves sharing her journey and helping busy mamas keep fit simple!

I’ve heard it time and time again, “I want to exercise, but I just don’t have the time for it.” Or, "I want to eat better, but I just don't have time to meal prep." Just the thought of exercising and eating healthy can be enough to overwhelm. Adding more to your already hectic schedule from family life, to work, to maybe even school, projects, and other commitments can seem a chore. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be complicated anymore! Here are 5 questions to ask yourself to help you start working out and actually stick to it, even after it loses its sparkle.

Questions That Will Aid a Busy Mom's Fitness

  1. What’s on your plate?
  2. What’s your "WHY?"
  3. What’s convenient for you?
  4. Do you have support?
  5. Who’s keeping you accountable?

1. What’s on Your Plate?

As you shouldn’t put more on your plate than you can actually eat, it may be time to intentionally look at your plate. Extras? Throw out the unnecessary. Main dish? Eat your portion. Leftovers? Share the rest! The goal is to use the most of your time and energy effectively and productively.

This will all take a lot action and restraint on your part, but when you do it, you’ll free yourself up some time for what’s really important. You'll have more time with your family. You'll have more energy to do the things you love. Remember, you are worth it, love. So, get to it!

2. What’s Your "WHY?"

Your "WHY" is your foundation. It’s your reason for working out, and if it isn’t sturdy enough, it’ll crumble right from under you just when you start to gain traction. You "WHY" must be a reason that cannot be shifted by what you see around you or what you feel.

If you’re planning on hitting the gym, because you hope to look like yourself when you were in high school or because you feel like your life would be better somehow if you had Beyonce’s figure, then, girl, we need a lil' intervention. Do this for you, for your health.

3. What’s Convenient for You?

If you’re not into the whole gym scene (getting dressed to drive to a fitness center that you will only really show up to times a week), don’t waste your valuable time or hard-earned money, especially for if you're just renting a treadmill for 30 mins. Most likely, you’ll end up in a contract that you won’t be able to be refunded for (whether or not you show up)! Unless you’re making use of the majority of the equipment, and you can make it to the gym at least three days a week, it’s best not to bother with it.

There are other effective means to consider like walking, biking, swimming, or other recreational activities. Another option, for those who want to take the stress out of exercise and eating right, is starting a fitness and nutrition program that you can do from nearly anywhere.

4. Do You Have Support?

Having someone root you on during this incredible journey is quite helpful. For those times when I don’t feel like working out (when I hadn’t scheduled my day well and I’ve made excuses why I can’t), the support of the group of fellow coaches and women in The Fit Fam is all I need to get my butt off the couch! Sometimes, we could all use that. Right?

There’s not a day that goes by that they’re not motivating, encouraging, or sharing their authentic selves. If you want more info on how to join a virtual gym, reach out to me! There’s nothing like joining a group of like-minded women on the same journey, and who actually enjoy seeing you win.

5. Who’s Keeping You Accountable?

It’s one thing to show up for yourself and another to have other’s remind you to show up for yourself. In fact, what makes The Fit Fam so different from the traditional gym or other fitness means is that there is someone checking on you, but there are no meetings (everything is virtual and that’s as simple as it gets). If you don’t have an accountability partner, I’d love to coach you through and introduce you to the family!

No matter your obstacles, starting point, or physical abilities, there’s no such thing as "can’t." If you’re willing to take a step forward, take the step. Then take another. It’s not about the pace, it’s about the progress. And, if you’re progressing, no one has the power to hold you back. Start taking control of your health and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Forget what you can’t do, reach for what you can! And, you know what? It’ll become a part of your lifestyle. Ready to embark on a new journey?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Brianna


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