Let me start off by stating that I have never been a big fan of commercial gyms. I have tried numerous ones over the years and not one of them appealed to me enough to stick with it. I also do not subscribe to the "latest/greatest workout program". It's simple. I want to see results and I want to see them NOW.
After I had my first son I had signed up for a killer bootcamp, hoping to get back into something resembling my pre-pregnancy shape. Mere days before it was scheduled to begin, I found out I was pregnant with my second son. So much for bootcamp! My days were spent waddling in and out of the pool and chasing after a toddler. That was to be my exercise regimen for the next several months. After I had my second (and last) child, I was determined to make some changes. I've always been a relatively healthy eater, never one to believe in crash diets or cleanses so to speak, I tend to follow the "everything in moderation" path. No, I wanted to make some serious changes to my level of physical activity.
Don't get me wrong, running point with a toddler and a brand new baby is more exhausting than one could put into words (if one could coherently string together a sentence at the time!) but I really wanted to do something for ME. Something that made me feel good, both mentally and physically.
I came across a ladies only boxing/kickboxing workout program and signed up for a free trial circuit. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous! I had never done a workout like this before. This was new. And scary. But hell, if I can survive having two kids under two I can do this. Right? Gulp. With a little reservation, off I went for my free session. I walked in, worked out and signed up right then and there. I had found my "thing". Ladies boxing/kickboxing. Who knew?!
Fast forward to present day, and I have been a member of this particular gym for over seven years now! You could even say I'm a little addicted, averaging four times a week. I can't stay away - and if sickness or injury prevent me going, I am not a happy camper. Now I'm not saying this workout is for everyone, but I never would have imagined it was for me either! Doing the circuit (which only takes 30 minutes! See? I told you busy moms you could do it!) is so empowering. Every session the trainers encourage you and, at times, push you to your limit. But being professionals, they read their clients and know who to push harder and who to leave to their own devices. And just think - all the while you're working out, learning killer kickboxing and boxing moves and acquiring valuable self defence techniques to protect yourself! Triple threat!
My point is, in order to achieve a maintainable fitness regime it’s so important to find what works for YOU. What do you enjoy doing? What fits with your schedule and fitness level? For me it was ladies kickboxing, and it could be something entirely different for you. Don’t be afraid or intimidated to try new things, everyone was a beginner at some point, and that’s the only way to discover what you enjoy! All I know is that once I discovered what worked for me I never looked back. What once felt like a chore became a part of my weekly routine and I thoroughly enjoy it. Finding this is so empowering!
One issue with busy moms is often finding the time because someone has to watch the kids. I’d definitely suggest finding a gym that allows your kids to tag along, and this was the total BONUS of my gym on top of everything else. They have their own designated play area and can watch you intently as you move around the circuit! I have taken my own kids many times and because it's only 30 minutes they can manage to entertain themselves (albeit sometimes with the aid of electronic devices - they really do have their time and place, am I wrong?!). A gym that offers flexible time is also important for those with time constraints, it’s so great to just show up at any time during regular business hours and do your thing. No schedule to adhere to, other than your own. How often do we have that luxury?!
Remember that a 30 minute workout is only 2 PERCENT of your entire day! Okay sure, let’s say you sleep for 7 hours of that day, but that still means it’s only 3% of your day!
See moms? There is time to work out even during your busiest of days! And no matter what exercise regimen you decide is your "thing" (even if it's just taking a walk!) make sure you devote some regular time to YOU. Sometimes in the middle of all the crazy, it's easy to forget that we are so deserving of it.
My workout is: www.30minutehit.com