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10 Realistic Workout Tips for Moms, from Moms

It’s so easy to know what to do to stay fit and healthy. Exercise regularly, eat well, etc. But what about the how? How do you exercise regularly when you have a toddler tugging on your shirt constantly or a baby who sleeps at completely irregular hours (if at all)? How do you eat healthy foods when you don’t have enough brainpower left at the end of the day to come up with a grocery list? Sure, you could hire a trainer or coach and have them tell you what to do when it comes to exercise, but that still doesn’t solve the problem of when to do it or how to actually make it happen in real life, not just in theory.

As we ring in the new year, most, if not all of us, have fitness, weight loss, or health goals. These 10 personal trainers are helping us kick-off 2014 on the right foot by sharing the tips that work for them — not as trainers but as mothers. And if there’s one thing I know, we moms gotta stick together, hold each other up, and support one another. I, for one, find it completely refreshing that many of these moms, who are fitness professionals, mind you, struggle to find the time, motivation, or energy to exercise.

Click through for 10 realistic workout tips for moms, from moms!

 

  • Let’s Get Physical 1 of 11
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  • Plan Ahead 2 of 11
    lin

    "Schedule your workouts in your daily planner, just like you would a dentist or salon appointment. This helps to minimize your chances of skipping your workout — you've already set aside the time in your day." — Lindsay

  • Rise and Shine 3 of 11
    tin

    "My biggest tip for moms is to work out first thing in the morning if possible. Get in the habit of going to bed earlier so you can get up in the morning before your kiddo and get to business. Days are very unpredictable with children, and if you save it until later there's a good chance you'll have to miss it more often." — Tina

     

    Check out Tina's 8-week online personal training bootcamp.

  • Keep Your Priorities Straight 4 of 11
    ange

    "Don't forget to take care of yourself first. If you don't keep yourself healthy, how are you going to take care of your children?" — Angela

  • Take Advantage of Naptime 5 of 11
    csw

    "I utilize nap times. As soon as my son goes to sleep, I go start my workout, before any housework or anything else." — Casey

  • Make It a Family Affair 6 of 11
    linds

    "Include your children in your fitness routine! Take a family bike ride, go on a run at the track, or even use your infant as a weight for squats and crunches. Not only do you get a workout in, but your family profits from time spent together." — Lindsay

  • Use a Spy Cam 7 of 11
    amanda

    "Get a video monitor. You can see when your child wakes up, and if she or he is playing nicely you might just have a few extra minutes to finish sweating." — Amanda

  • Combine Playtime and Workout Time 8 of 11
    cswf

    "I incorporate workouts with my kids. We love to run to the park and play, jump on the trampoline, and 'lift weights' with mom." — Casey

  • Video It 9 of 11
    tina

    "Use DVDs. I have a large selection of workout DVDs I can do at home during the kids' nap time. Then I don't have to think about what to do. I just push play and follow along." — Tina

     

    Tina coaches an online personal training bootcamp - the next once starts January 20th!

  • Up the Intensity 10 of 11
    kri

    "Utilize any kind of HIIT workout or 10 minutes of high-intensity routine to get your heart rate up. Those kind of workouts are a godsend with screaming toddlers running around." — Kristin

  • Bring Baby Along 11 of 11
    tam

    "Take a post-natal exercise class for mom and baby." — Tamara

     

    Check out Tamara's 10-week online training program for women 40+.

Add your favorite mom-centered workout tip below!

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