This week on the podcast we’re sharing simple ways to find our exercise motivation—and to fit stress-free, fun workouts into our lives. We share tips for how we do it, plus our favorite workouts to fit in even when we’re short on time.
#1 Acknowledge Past Experiences
You might have workout preferences based on what you experienced as a kid or adolescent. And that’s okay! It’s also okay if you change what you like to do—you have the right to change your mind to fit your life.
#2 Be Realistic.
This may not be the time to marathon train. Or maybe it is. Depending on what else is going on in your life, it may be better to have smaller goals that you know you can achieve than making a giant promise that might be really hard to manage with busy life as a mom.
#3 Know Short Bursts Are Okay
Maybe you only have 10 minutes, maybe you have 30. You have full permission to do the length of workouts that work for you.
#4 Focus on Feeling Good
The more it has to do with feeling good, bringing joy, immediately improving your life, the more you are to stick with your workout. The more it’s about weight loss and body shape, you’re trying to achieve someone else’s standard and less internally rewarding, the less you are to stick with it. More on this research here.
#5 Know Your Body is Different Post-Kids
Muscles have moved, your core is a different thing than it was, and your hips and knees may feel totally different than they did before. All of that is normal and okay—you’re totally invited to adjust accordingly.
#6 Honor Your Season of Life
This might be the time to walk while listening to podcasts and pushing the baby in the stroller. Or maybe you need alone time to start the day and put a morning yoga or cycling class on the schedule. You do you and the less you compare yourself with others, probably the better. There’s no failing here!
#7 It Doesn’t Have to Be All or Nothing
Cardio isn’t actually the gold standard of exercise, nor is strength training. There are ways that one is better, and ways that others are best. But the thing that matters the MOST is that you’re doing something! Take the “shoulds” out of working out and do what makes you happy.
Plus: Mom Workouts We Love
More from the Episode
We’re also re-broadcasting the second half of Virginia’s conversation on raising body positive kids — and navigating all the weird stuff people say about children, food and bodies — with Rebecca Scritchfield of the Body Kindness Podcast.