How to be a Fit & Healthy Mom (Part 1): Get Moving!

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Sticking with an exercise routine can be a struggle for anyone. But for moms, squeezing in workouts can feel darn near impossible. After all, how are you supposed to find time to work out when most times you can’t even go to the bathroom undisturbed?

Take Melissa of Fit and Bliss, for example. As a mother of two, she understands the on-going struggle it can be to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle in the midst of parenting.

“I started my blog about 3 years ago when I started to get some free time on my hands,” she said. “I was working out heavily and thought maybe it would be great to start blogging about health and fitness. I had people all the time asking me what I did to stay in shape, so I thought it was best to share it with the world!”

In short, Melissa’s initial mission for Fit and Bliss was to  share her philosophy and learnings about health and wellness with the world. She’s been fit for most of her life, as she’s found that being healthy is a direct gateway to her happiness. In the midst of motherhood, she wanted to spread her knowledge and useful information to anyone that wanted to live and lead a healthier lifestyle.

As much as we wish we didn’t, we all get older as our lives progress (not to mention, taking care of others makes you feel even older). And as we age, our bodies aren’t as limber or energetic as they originally were, which is why Melissa has made it a huge goal to get on her A-game and pick up the energy she needs thoughout the day by staying active. “It’s so important as we age to find the time to workout and be as healthy as we can be,” she says. “Aging and not working out or adding fitness to your life will make you feel older, and it can bring on more health problems as we age. Get out there and move!”

And since mothers are some of the busiest people on the planet, you better make each move count! There are a million fitness fixes for busy moms out there, other than those slightly uncomfortable mommy and me classes. You should choose exercises that create the most results in the least amount of time. If you simply pick a “shoulder” circuit from Pinterest that involve eight different exercises for just your shoulders, you’ll be there for hours trying to get a full body workout. Not to mention, you’ll get sick of that routine before you ever see any results!

Quite the over achiever, Melissa exercises at least 5-6 days a week. Her workouts range from HIIT workouts (high intensity interval training) to kickboxing, along with trying to run at least 3 miles 3-4 days a week. And when she’s pressed for time, she still makes time for a nice sweat! “When I’m in a rush, my go to is always hot yoga or gearing up and going for a run, even if its short. Just getting out and making any amount of time to workout is better than doing nothing.”

Above everything else, what’s the one thing Melissa feels every mom should do? It’s simple, really: STOP TRYING TO DO IT ALL! Oh, and stop saying yes all the time. “If you feel your energy is getting low, go do something for yourself,” she says. Take a day and get a massage, or grab a friend and try a new workout. If you feel you are being pulled from every direction, and you cant seem to get any relaxation, try doing more of what you love. try to make a plan for yourself and set up your workouts  that will work around your schedule. If its every day that you go to work then you have a house full of kids, try to get up before they even make it out of bed and head to the gym.”

But of course, that’s only the first half of being a fit mom! To bring things full circle, you’ll need to make serious strides toward making healthy meals for you and your family. For more exercise tips, mom advice, and tasty recipes, subscribe to Melissa’s Fit and Bliss blog.

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