It's almost January. You packed on a few during the holidays but you've sworn to yourself (it's your New Year's resolution and everything!) that you'll hit the gym hard in the new year and finally lose that baby weight. Too bad your babies are, uh, not really babies anymore. They won't sit still long enough for you to do a dang sit-up or two and you don't have time to work out because you have to run them to playdates and activities and then make dinner for everyone and maybe squeeze in some sleep at some point. This happens every year, doesn't it? Break that nasty cycle with these top books and resources for mom fitness.
Mommy Fitness Tips at Mommy Loves Coffee
My friend Christina over at Mommy Loves Coffee features Mommy Fitness Tips on her blog, with easy ideas that any mom can do like walking with friends or running errands with the stroller.
Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom
I love this book! I had the chance to meet one of the authors, Kara Thom, when she came into town on her book tour. She is hilarious, and so down to earth. She even demonstrated a bunch of her exercise moves in person. Hot (Sweaty) Mamas details do-able activities to incorporate fitness back into your routine. You'll find time that you didn't even realize was there.
Tried and true, Stroller Strides has programs in tons of locations, and they can help moms with even the youngest of tots get back in shape.
Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids
Fit Moms for Life by Dustin Maher outlines five essential pillars of fitness: Mindset, Nutrition, Strength Training, Burst Training, and Environment. By breaking it down, Dustin offers a clear path to lasting success that every mom can achieve. I had a chance to interview Dustin and here's what he had to say:
What is the single most important piece of advice you have for people struggling to lose weight?: The biggest thing to realize is that you didn't get out of shape overnight and you won't get back into shape overnight either. In order to make last change you need to change your environment. The best way I know of to do this, is join a group where they are going after the same goals you are. That is why my Fit Moms For Life community groups have been so powerful. Women are getting together to do my DVDs and they are building friendships and positive support that helps then during the challenging times and allows them to celebrate together during the great times.
I have to give your mom serious props for raising such a charming guy. You seem to relate really well to your clients. Any tips for bringing up kids to be so understanding and compassionate towards others?: I think the biggest thing for parents is to be there for your kids. We live in a society where the kids are raised in day cares and in schools rather than at home. My mom stayed at home and was always there for us. Now, I am not saying that everyone needs to stay home like that, but being present is important. I traveled a lot and did quite a few mission trips. These experiences would teach me about just how much we had and how blessed we all are. My parents would also have us volunteer at local soup kitchens. We also grew up in a trailer home, so we didn't have much either, but would had each other.