There’s a lot of content out there helping the “the working mom,” as she balances career with family, but I think it’s important to recognize the challenges that “working out” moms face too.
It can be tough to find time for cardio and strength training, but it’s not impossible. I’m lucky to have a great support system to help me with Sammi so I can find time to train, but like any other mom out there, sometimes things come up and I’ve got to change plans. I’ve been known to do push-ups with my daughter on my back, and just lifting her while I tend to things around the house is enough to tone up my arms…but the best part about being a working-out mom, is that I get to pass on the important understanding that being fit is about living a healthy lifestyle.
We’re lucky to have daycare in our gym, so Sammi comes to work with me a lot. I believe the gym environment creates a positive influence on her—and I love that she’s learning that mommy is a person who helps people. I’m proud of my profession and letting my daughter see the different ways that fitness can change people’s lives.
My advice to the other workout moms is to incorporate your children into some of your routines. Save part of your ab workout for the living room instead of the gym—get on the floor and make crunches a team exercise between you and your child. Simple stretching and yoga routines can easily feel like playtime with your children, while using the opportunity to show them how fitness can be fun. After a run or a cardio session, see if your child is up for a small walk around the block or down the road with you—it’s a cool down for you, and another opportunity for your child to see what working out is all about.
The main thing is to make sure you use your fitness as an opportunity to not only improve your overall wellness, but also the wellness of your child. With any luck, your child will grow up and continue engaging in fun and healthy ways to stay fit.