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Top 5 Reasons Why It's Important to Find Time to Workout as a Mom

Let's face it, after becoming a mom, your time, and your past priorities tend to take a backseat to everything else. When you are spending time with baby, focussing on feeding your family, keeping up with house chores, and not to mention if you are a full time working momma, other things just aren't that important!  Now I know I'm not the only one with 2 month old nail polish still on my toes! I mean, painting my nails is just not worth the time these days! 

What is worth your time as a mom though is working out! Even with all of the to-dos that you have to get done, and the attention that you are giving your baby, it's SOOOO important to workout and take that time for yourself! 

Top 5 reasons why it's important to find time to workout as a mom! 

Top 5 Reasons to find time to workout as a mom with @brittanysuell

1) Value Yourself-when you carve out the time to workout, whether that's waking up before everyone, going to the gym (and putting your baby in childcare), or working out after the baby is sleeping, you are telling your body, and mind that you value yourself! And that is so important! When you have value for yourself, then others have value for you! The way we see ourselves and the way we treat ourselves reflects on the outside, so when we are valuing ourselves enough to give time back to ourselves, then that is seen on the outside, and that value can be felt in every area of life. 

2) More Confidence-it's obvious, working out breeds more confidence in us! And confidence is GOOD in every area of life! When we workout, when we sweat and get the endorphins going, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that can affect your entire demeanor. Plus, when you workout and you set small goals, and hit those, then you feel good about yourself! And just the act of doing something challenging, sweating some, and knowing you are making changes to your body and appearance can give you boosts of confidence that can make a huge difference! 

3) Feel Better-working out makes you feel better all around! When you focus your mind on working out, it gets your thoughts off of worries/stresses of life (which we know tends to increase when you become a mommy), and gets you out of the cycle of negative thoughts that can breed anxiety or depression. 

4) Stay Healthy for kids sake-as a mom, there are so many more activities in our lives that can take a toll on our body. Not to mention the post pregnancy body that can tend to lack core muscles, and strength in many areas that we need to lug our baby around and get up and down off the floor to play. Working out helps us strengthen those core muscles. It helps us gain flexibility and strength in the muscles that we need to be able to play with our babies and take care of them! That way we are able to live life to the fullest with them without feeling pain in our body! 

5) Lead by Example-this is what I'm all about! Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! It's so important, especially when you become a parent! Just think, tips 1-4, you want to instill all of those things in your children: you want your child to value him/herself, to be a confident person, to feel good about who they are, and to be healthy all around! So let's make a commitment to instill that in them, and it starts with US! It's starts with you making time to workout and letting all of those values begin to take effect in your own life! That example you set will be seen and felt by your children, and you will #LeaveYourLegacy! 

So start now! Take charge of your life! Give yourself permission to take time throughout your week to workout! 

If you aren't sure where to start, try this NO EXCUSES WORKOUT that I put together! I actually did the workout with my child in the stroller, so go outside, with your baby in the stroller, and use the stroller some! I am all about Stroller Workouts! That's why I have started teaching Fit4Mom Stroller Strides classes! I am so excited to be able to share these values and tips with the momma's I encounter and be able to help them gain confidence and value for themselves through working out! 

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Leave a comment and tell me....

Is it a value of yours to workout? 

How have you found time to workout while being a mom? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!


Mommy's on the Move!

You know how passionate we are about getting active with your kiddos and setting an example for your children by being fit and healthy! So today I'm talking about Mommy's on the Move! So how you do you get moving with your kids!?

Last week I started Fit4Mom's Stroller Strides! It was the grand opening in my town, and I am so excited to be a part of it!


Here are the reasons I love it! 

1) It's a place to join other mom's and get moving with your kiddos! 

-You are there with women who are also mom's.  Women who go through some of the same things you go through, and women who just want to be/stay healthy, and do it not only for themselves, but also for their children! There's something awesome and encouraging about working out with like-minded people!


2) You get to incorporate your children into the workout! 

It's awesome because you get to workout and incorporate your children, so you aren't leaving your baby at home with a sitter, but still spending time with your kiddos while you get a workout.  Some people might see their workout as time away from the kids, but I love having my son there with me.  Even though he is still so small, I like him seeing me being active and exercising, so that as he grows up, he knows that it is a normal thing in life to stay active.  Obviously that is very important to me, so I love having him there and setting a good example for him.

Plus, we sing songs while we do different workouts with our kiddos! Which is fun for everyone!


3) It's a flexible environment! 

The environment of Stroller Strides is so great! If you baby is having a rough morning and crying a lot, you are able to get them out of the stroller, or wear them in a sling.  Which is great! It takes so much pressure off the mom, to not have a perfect kid that isn't crying.  And, enables you to meet your children's needs while also still getting a workout, even if you have to modify it some.  (although there are some things where your kid needs to be in the stroller, like when using bands, but that's for safety reasons)


4) The workout can be brought to whatever intensity that fits your body!

I love this! Since having my son, I have realized that my body is more fragile than it used to be! Growing up being very active in sports, I never got hurt or struggled with injuries.  Since having Zander though, I have been having some knee pain and have had to be easy on my body.  I am learning to listen to my body, be gentle on my body and take better care of myself! At Stroller Strides, the instructor shows various levels of each workout, and you choose what fits for you.  I love that I am able to modify the workout if I need to, but am still getting my sweat on and end up sore the next day!


5) Working out with other's pushes you to work harder

Obviously any time you work out with others in comparison to just doing your own thing, your internal competitiveness kicks in and you push yourself.  Last week while doing the Fit4Mom workouts, I felt that just the right amount of competition kicked in within me.  So that I pushed myself to work harder, or do those few final reps, but I also knew when I needed to go easy on my body!



6) Make new mommy friends

Stroller Strides put you in the company of other mom's who live in your town, so it's easy to make new friends with kids! In our first week of Stroller Strides, I already made a friend and went on a walk with her.  And today several of us talked about going to a MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group together next month.  So it's a great place to build a community of moms!


7) Easy to set up Play Dates 

Along with making mommy friends, comes the natural play dates that happen.  Like today, after our workout, several of us just enjoyed the weather at the park and let the little ones play.

Plus most Stroller Strides groups have a Mommy Group called "Our Village." I am actually the event coordinator for our town's, and so I coordinate play dates, and Mommy's Night Outs.  Like tomorrow we are all getting together to go to a Pumpkin Patch! So it's easy to set up times for the kids to play and mommy's to talk!


Now I know Stroller Strides is not offered in all towns, but if there is one near you, you should definitely try it out!

If there's not one near you, or that's not an option for you, you can still be a MOMMY ON THE MOVE!

Call up a friend, and take your kiddos for a walk, and end in a play date at the playground.  Even just getting outside with your children, and not sitting inside all day is a good example for them! And I encourage you, join in with other mom's, it is such a great way to get active and being encouraged as a mom as well!