Guest-Blogger: Candice Shares What Keeps Her Motivated
We have a great post for you today from a guest blogger. Take it away Candice…
Hey guys! My name is Candice and I blog over at bodyofamother.com. I was so excited when Amy asked me to write a guest post for NordicTrack because I have always been a fan of her blog and of NordicTrack apparel!I am a fitness instructor, healthy living blogger, and a mom to twins! I was asked to share how I make time to work out and keep up with the twinners.
I stayed active while I was pregnant by teaching Body Pump and swimming!
After I had the babies I was ready to get back into my pre-baby body. I made a few goals and as soon as I had the okay from my doctor I made a plan to help me achieve them! Here are my tips to reach your health and fitness goals, even post-pregnancy and taking care of a newborn at the same time!
How I stay motivated.
#1 Make it for me- Mommy’s don’t get much “me” time during the day. I use my workout to get into my zone and I leave feeling stress free and I think getting to the gym for an hour or less each day, makes me a better mom and wife. When the babies were still newborns I did the majority of my workouts at home during nap time. A quick 30 minute sweat session made me feel better and actually gave me MORE energy than if I didn’t get it done. You have to schedule your workout in your day and treat it like an appointment. Even if it means a 5 AM alarm (or 3) to get your workout in. Taking a little “me time” will make you feel better, more patient and actually have more energy each day!
#2 Goals- Make them and tell someone! It’s important to make goals, for yourself, for your family, in your career, etc. Large or small they can be highly beneficial. You need to write it down and tell someone so you can be held accountable. How realistic is a goal if you tell yourself and then find yourself repeating the same goal over and over again, week after week.
#3 Find a friend- Work out with a friend, spouse, sister or brother. It makes it easier to plan and get to your workout when you know someone is depending on you to be there too! Be sure your buddy is serious about getting their workout in as well. Maybe, plan your workout beforehand (or do one of these ones) So, you know exactly what you have to get done so you’re not spending 15 minutes deciding/talking about what you are going to do.
#4 Sign up for a race- Just do it. 5k, 10k, a marathon, a triathlon. When you have something you are preparing for, it makes each workout more meaningful.
#5 Try different things- Don’t get stuck in a plateau. Try a new class at your gym, a different running route, or even a new gym in town. Find what you LOVE but make sure to throw in different workouts every now and then so you don’t burn out.
#6 Get family involved- One of my favorite things is working out with my kids and my husband, we go on walks or runs around the neighborhood almost every night in the summer. We love hiking nearby trails too! The kiddos love it and it gives my husband and I a chance to talk about anything, how our day was and plans for the next day.
#7 Track your progress- Take your measurements, and take pictures! If weight loss is your goal then jot that down too! Each week, write it down, write down your workout each day- weights, reps, distance, etc. How you felt after each one, if you could have pushed harder or gave it your all. This is probably the biggest motivator for me. I love seeing how my numbers change week after week. As soon as you feel and see the benefits from your effort it motivates you even more to get your workout done each day.
Family and fitness are a big part of my life. I love teaching my children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle by showing and doing things with them. Whether it be working out, or eating nutrition packed foods.
Find what keeps you motivated and stick with it!
Hope some of my tips help or motivate you to get moving! For more tips and healthy recipes/workouts be sure to swing by and say hi to me at www.bodyofamother.com!
Remember that exercise is for your mental health, to do something positive for yourself, to take care of your body, to ward off disease and sickness, to improve your confidence and build relationships.
Question of the day-
What keeps YOU motivated?
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