Break the cycle

By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp
It’s not easy being a mom. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, and the never ending pile of laundry… and the paycheck? Well, it certainly doesn’t cover the cost of a personal trainer. Short on time? Too tired to exercise? Without exercise, you’ll be left with little energy to make it through your day. Follow these 3 simple steps to break the cycle and spring into a new fitness routine, so you make it through your day with more energy and better sleep (just what every mom needs!)


Buddy Up
Research shows having a workout partner helps with exercise adherence, so start a short list of potential workout partners. Pick three to five people you’d like to ask to support you in your goal of exercising weekly, and you’ll agree to do the same for them. Meet your neighbor for a 30 minute run on Monday mornings or walk with your colleague on Tuesdays and Fridays during your lunch break. Commit to a day, activity and duration with your workout partner and you’ll be sure to show up, just so you don’t let her down. 

Pick a Class
Boredom is a common excuse for not exercising. Signing up for a fitness class will help keep your exercise routine fun and challenging. If you love spinning, stick with it. If you need something new, try a bar class, pilates or a boot camp class to really get your heart rate going. Who knows? You could meet a new workout partner in your fitness class!

Schedule It
If you don’t schedule a dentist appointment, you won’t get your teeth cleaned. The same is true for fitness. As part of your Sunday night routine, take the time to schedule your entire week of fitness.  Put each activity, the duration and your workout partner or location in your calendar. Sticking to your schedule all week long will give you the energy to make it through the week and provide you with the reward of relaxing over the weekend. 
Sample Week
Monday: 6:00am 30 min. Run with Kelly
Tuesday: 12:00pm 45 min. Walk with Sarah
Wednesday: 6:00pm 45 min. Spinning at YMCA
Thurdsday: 6:30pm 60 min. Walk with husband and kids in stroller
Friday: 12:00pm 45 min. Walk with Sarah
Saturday & Sunday: Relax with family (what I want to do). Catch up on laundry (what I’m really going to do!)

Kristen Horler is CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp, offering prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition program for women. With over 12 years of professional fitness experience, Kristen is a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise and author of Baby Boot Camp: The New Mom’s 9-Minute Fitness Solution (Sterling 2010). 
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