Motherhood is the most rewarding — and challenging — time of your life.
As a mother of three children, I know how crazy life can be.
That’s why I am so passionate about living a healthy, active lifestyle — and why I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned with other moms.
After the birth of my third son, I started to develop Fit Mama Workouts, a stroller group fitness program.
Moms are busy; I get it.
The thought of trying to fit a workout into your already busy life can seem overwhelming.
But exercising will help relieve some of that anxiety and stress.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
I also know that with motherhood comes a longing for a life of your own and friendships with other moms going through the same journey as you. Sometimes it’s just hard to figure out a way to have that while still being the present mom you want to be.
After my third child, I, too, struggled with wanting to feel like my “old self” again. I wanted to feel healthy and confident. I was also constantly searching for fun activities that I could participate in with my child – that’s why the idea of a stroller fitness class seemed so perfect.
I officially launched Fit Mama this month. A big group of us moms and kids meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Zorinsky Lake, near 156th and F Streets, for a morning circuit training workout.
On Wednesdays, we’re at Lawrence Youngman Lake near 192nd Street and West Dodge Road. And, every Thursday we’re inside Oak View Mall, on the lower level by JCPenney Store.
To give you a jump start on your fitness routine, here are five easy ways to start incorporating more physical activity into your already busy lifestyle:
1. Park further away
If you and your child(ren) are going on a park outing, park your car just a little farther away for some extra steps. Or if you venture to the mall to play in the children’s area, walk around the mall a bit first.
2. Walk/run when you can and utilize those strollers!
So many moms struggle because their children will not sit in a stroller, but you would be amazed what consistency and routine can do.
3. Go for a stroller picnic
Another great way to utilize that stroller is to go for “stroller picnics.” Pack your child(ren) a healthy picnic lunch that they can eat as you run or walk. As you walk, distinguish certain stopping points. At these stops, you can care for your children and give them more of their “picnic” and you can stop and do some exercises.
4. Use resistance bands
For even greater benefits with stroller walking/running, invest in resistance bands. You can throw the bands easily in your stroller and take them with you. Exercises that are great on the go could be with bands or as simple as doing some body weight squats as you care and interact with your child(ren).
5. Make time for core work and baby
Your children love to play with you and your exercise routine could be a great time for that. Make a time to do some core work by doing crunches with your baby on your stomach. Not only will your baby love the quality time with you, but you will love the outcome of all those weighted crunches!?
Being a mom is probably the hardest job we will ever do, but it doesn’t have to be a time to forget about yourself. Remember, by taking the time to be your best self you are instilling positive health and life skills within your child from the start.
Take the time to show your little ones what a “fit mama” you really are!
Liz Sampson, an Omaha mom with three children, wrote this guest blog for momaha.com
Sampson recently launched Fit Mama Workouts and is a cooking teacher at Morning Star Preschool and Child Care.