Monday, January 27, 2014

Mamavation Monday- Making Time for Fitness

The weekend is over and it's time to get excited for Monday! I know that sounds crazy, but I look forward Mamavation Mondays. Each week Leah Segedie and some other amazing panelists help educate people on a healthy lifestyle. Oh course, myself and the other Mamavation Bootcamp 18 Moms are also there to share our progress, be hazed, and all sorts of fun stuff.

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This week's theme is Fitting Fitness into Your Life. I am especially excited to learn some more ways to make a busy working mom schedule compatible with exercise. We all lead busy lives, and sometimes we don't stop to take care of ourselves amidst the day to day obligations. Staying active is key to a healthy lifestyle, so figuring out how to make it work with your life is critical.

I have really had to work hard to squeeze in time for workouts. I don't know why it never dawned on before, that I could actually get a decent workout at home, with virtually no equipment. Once I discovered my first two week challenge with Mamavation, it just clicked. Push-up, crunches, bicep curls, lunges, and even burpees can all be done at home. These are just some of the exercises that I have done to stay fit. Aside from some weights, the only tool required is your own body! You can even jog in place or around the room to stay active. I have done this many times to hit my 10,000 step goal at the end of the day.

Squats while holding my 2 year old
Getting some squats done with my favorite 28 pounder

So, now that you don't need a gym to workout, when do you find the time? That is usually the biggest challenge. My best time to exercise is at night, after The First Mate has gone to bed. This is when I know I can truly devote myself to a full workout without distractions and interruptions. If you're not a night owl, figure out what time works for you. Is is nap time, early in the morning, on a lunch break at work, or spaced out throughout the day in small segments? I squeeze it in wherever I can. I will even get my toddler involved sometimes. It's adorable when he want to exercise along with me. However, most times he is just adding extra weight to my plank or push up.

That's not a monkey on my back, it's a two year old!
Terrible picture, but you try to take a better one while doing
a one handed pushup under a squirmy near 30 pound kid.

These are just a few of the ways to fit fitness into your life, but I'm sure there are so many more. How do you find the time?

Speaking of time, log on to Google Plus tonight at a new time, 6pm PST/9pm EST to hangout with all of us. There will be even more information on the topic of making time for fitness and you can even ask questions or chime in while we are on air. I love answering your questions! The full details are available here:

Be sure to RSVP and enter the giveaway for a pair of New Balance shoes! See you there.


  1. It's hard to find the time! I love running, so once the coldest part of winter's over, I'll wake up 45 minutes early and get a 30 minute jog in before work. Congrats again on Boot Camp!

  2. great tips!!! :)

  3. Great post!! See you tonight.

  4. Love that you added these cute pics! I also think you've become very creative with your workouts....jogging in place is awesome!!! See you and your little guy tonight!

  5. Jennifer Espinosa-GoswamiJanuary 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    My favorite way to keep fit with a toddler is to dance with her in my arms. When I can't handle the extra 30 pounds, I will put her down and encourage her to jump in and out of a hula hoop or jump off the stairs (not the whole staircase).

  6. Yup... I usually do some wii games, like wii fit or just dance at night also!

  7. That's awesome dedication Liza. I used to be a morning workout person, but I just can't do it anymore.

  8. Thanks Dee. It was a fun hangout for sure.

  9. Thanks Toni. We've got to make it work some how. Great to see you at the hangouts this week.

  10. Dancing is great exercise. I like the hula hoop jumping idea. That's a good way to tucker a kid out.

  11. I used to use the Wii all the time. I have no room in our new place though. Jogging in place will have to suffice.

  12. Yes! I guess it' getting on to their level that makes them think you want to play. (Pets or Kids)


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