Staying fit and healthy is a valuable part of my life.
Treating my body with love and respect is something I have learned over time. We only get one, so trying to do our best to keep it in pristine condition is worth it!
Being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) is awesome! It has taught me new skills, valuable lessons, it has helped me develop more patience, taught me how to connect more with people, and it has brought me so much joy and happiness. It is difficult at times, for sure. Yet I find that the less I strive for ‘perfection’, the more I accomplish. I know my boundaries, but I am also my biggest critique. Pushing ourselves to accomplish MORE is a positive way to grow and learn more about ourselves.
Have realistic expectations.
Let’s be honest. Lots of the time I am laying down on the floor with babies crawling over me while I workout. They love it! I love it! But it might not be ideal for all. I have learned to make this work because I know how important it is to stay physically fit. If that means I get to do planks with a baby on my back laughing, then so be it!
Going to the gym once a week for a workout has been a goal of mine recently. My husband doesn’t have school or work on the weekends (YAY for more family time!) so I try to take advantage of an hour at the gym. I always go when B has his nap, and Mike can get lots of snuggles in while I am gone. This has worked out great for us so far. It allows me to have a break for “me” time, and Mike gets bonding time alone with B. Both of these are important!
…And now what you’ve all been waiting for!
How do I workout at home?
I LOVE watching YouTube workout videos on our TV while B is playing. Sometimes I’ll give him a snack, or bring out his favorite toys so that I get some time to focus on my body. He loves to join me on my lap for certain exercises and is often jealous that I am not paying attention to him.
There are days when I feel like I have accomplished nothing, because all he wants is for me to play with him. When this happens, I make sure to spend as much time as he needs with me. I will go play with him, sing him songs, fulfill his needs and THEN I focus on my workout or my goals for the day. I find that this works WONDERFULLY! He knows that I am still there and available when he needs me.
I do have my favorite stretches and exercises that I can do around the house without having to use the TV. The reason why I like to use YouTube for my workout is because it pushes me to do more. I basically have a personal trainer who talks to me and tells me I can do ‘one more set’! Being able to listen to music and follow a director is motivating for me.