No one can deny that mom life can be chaotic. Schedules are very easily, and quickly, thrown to the wind. Time for ourselves is usually the last thing on a very long to-do list.
So, with all that we have to do and how little time we have to do it, how do we make staying fit and active a priority?!
At first I was convinced I would be able to plan my days well enough to still get to my regular yoga classes or go to the handful of cycling classes I liked. Mostly I was convinced because my husband was fully committed to making this happen for me. (He’s a keeper) Unfortunately, life with an infant can derail even the best laid plans.
I spent the first 3 months of my daughter’s life just figuring things out. I was thankful during that time to have a solid yoga practice behind me and a pretty solid gym setup in my garage. I was able to construct a home workout plan for myself and get back into somewhat of a routine. As I started back on the long journey that is postpartum fitness, I knew that I needed (and wanted) more than just home workouts. I craved social interaction and group settings. I had gone from Crossfit classes and yoga studios to the confinement of my home; working out while praying my newborn stayed asleep in her rocker. It was lonely, restrictive, and just truly unexciting. I started to question how to keep my motivation up when the thing that I used to love, that was my outlet, had become more of a chore.
Fast forward to the end of January. I honestly can’t remember how I found it and I had no idea what to expect when I went to my first class, but I signed up for a Friday morning Fit4Mom Stroller Barre class and I had all the feelings. I knew I wanted a good workout. I knew I needed some adult interaction. But mom things were all new territory for me.
I showed up there Friday morning and after an hour of singing, sweating, and laughing I was hooked. I signed up for a membership that same day.
Fit4Mom is an organization designed to cater to the whole mom – daily workouts, interaction with other moms, fun for your kiddos, and a great community. Fit4Mom changed my new mommy life.
In the last 4 months I have gotten more workouts than I can count, brought my family (including our crazy pup) to community activities, taken my little one to playdates with other littles her age, gotten a much needed Mom’s Night Out, and enjoyed developing friendships with some truly AMAZING strong mommas. I have a safe place to workout where I don’t have to be apologetic or overly conscious of my infant acting like an infant. I don’t have to plan my workouts around what time of day I might be able to get out of the house alone. And the best part is my baby girl loves them too!
I get to feel good, stay active, and give her the best example possible all at the same time. I love knowing that from a young age she is already surrounded by incredible women – learning she is smart, strong, beautiful, and great exactly as she is. I get to show her that exercising is fun. I get to teach her that we move and stay active because we LOVE ourselves, not because we hate ourselves. And I get to make sure she sees that women should always support and encourage one another, in every setting.
Whatever season of motherhood you are in, Fit4Mom is a great way to celebrate YOU.
From 8 week BodyBack transformation sessions to the classic full body workout of Stroller Strides and toning of Stroller Barre to something for the more cardio lovin’ momma in Strides 360 and Run Clubs, there is truly something for everyone.