Things totally change when you become a parent. There is a season in life for everything. There are seasons in our life where nutrition and exercise are not the priority. The key is to recognize that these are seasons to our life, and even though winter feels like it will last forever – spring is coming!
This past week my family and I took a 3-day trip hiking into Zealand Falls Hut in the White Mountains. While we were in the hut, we had the pleasure of meeting many amazing people, one of whom was Greybeard. Dale (Greybeard) is a thru-hiker on a mission to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. As if that wasn’t impressive enough – at 82 years old, Dale is working on setting the world record to be the oldest person to complete the mission.
We often receive questions regarding working out while pregnant. This is something that I feel passionately about as a mother who enjoyed the benefits of being active during my pregnancies and as an owner of a health and wellness facility. Making the decision to continue working out (particularly in a controlled, safe training environment) is a very personal one. As with anything, we recommend doing your own research and determine if the benefits of an active lifestyle will outweigh any potential risks. Here are a few of the health benefits to the mother and baby that were factors in my decision to continue working out throughout my pregnancies.
Everybody has those days when they “just aren’t feelin’ it.” It could be the weather that has you down or you haven’t gotten enough sleep but for whatever reason, you just can’t get yourself jacked up enough for your training session. It happens to everyone. Hopefully, some of my mental chatter will help you crush your next workout.
It is not about how much you can lift, how fast you can go, or any fancy fitness tricks. It is not about what you do in the gym. It is about what you do in the gym that prepares you for everything else in life. It is about being capable and confident. It’s about living your best life, having fun, being inspired, and being excited!
Life is just so busy. We are pulled in so many different directions. We have commitments at work, with our families, and in the community. Taking care of ourselves and committing to healthy living falls to the bottom of the list.
This works OK for a period of time. Eventually, it will catch up with us and being all things to all people leaves us feeling depleted and drained at the end of the day.
In order to be at our best for the people who rely on us, we need to commit first to taking care of ourselves. ‘You need to put your oxygen mask on first.’
See how a busy mom of 5 committed to healthy living and made massive impact on her life.