November 12th’s meeting was a great meeting and so full of content that we had to break the post into two parts. If you missed the first post, please read it, you will be encouraged: November 12th meeting (Part 1).
The second half of our meeting focused on the importance of taking care of ourselves, so we can not only be the best Mom to our children, but also the best version of ourselves. A fitness instructor from a local gym came and discussed some basic ideas of nutrition and exercises that we can easily do from home with out a gym membership.
Being mothers of young children, we often find that we are too busy to take time for ourselves, but the reality is, we likely have not made it a priority. Whether it’s because you have guilt when you give yourself 30 minutes a day, or that you don’t have time; the reality in this, is that there needs to be a change in time management and priorities, realizing that you are worth it. Getting up a little earlier, going to bed earlier, organizing your day the day before by planning ahead are all things we can change. Taking care of ourselves is the least selfish thing we can do, it helps us be at our best.
“Being healthy and fit is the LEAST selfish thing you can for those you love.” -Dustin Maher
This month, MOPS Blog has an article on this very thing, Learn to Put Yourself First, which has some great tips on how you can get started: making the change to taking care of yourself and giving yourself the time you deserve.
As a mother you know, that 30 minutes is realistically the only time you can fit into your busy lives as mothers and we need to maximize our time for fitness, below are some links to exercise plans and programs that fit into this 30 minute time frame, all of which can be done at home with little to no equipment.
14 Walking Workouts (Select from the left column)
Couch to 5K (C25K) Never run before? This is the perfect program to ease you into it.
Log Your Run. This site has various running programs for all types of runners
Whole Body workouts:
15 Minute Workouts (Core Exercises-perfect for getting those abs back in shape after babies! Requires a stability ball)
5 to 30 minute circuit (excellent exercise programs that gets your heart rate up, can be a 5 minute pick me up or a 30 minute routine)
Not only will exercise help clear your head and energize you, but eating well will boost these benefits, as well as help you loose those unwanted baby pounds. Eating accounts for the majority of our health and any weight loss.
The Marathon Mom (This site is a great resource for all things life, including health, fitness, life, raising children, faith etc. Definitely one worth looking through.) The Marathon Mom is also a big advocate for 42 days to Fit, which is a realistic diet and exercise challenge that you all might find helpful!
100 Days of Real Food (Interested in cutting out processed foods for you and your family? This site is a good resource to getting you and your family there)
Our diet, nutrition and fitness is a personal journey that we all are on, and it is just that, it is personal. Any change that we make is a process and we are all at different places in that journey. Encouragement and support is what we all need. Let’s lift and encourage one another as we do what we can to be the best Mom, and best version of ourselves that we can be!
If you have a program that you like to follow, we would love for you to share what they are!