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Most years, I walk into the new year with health and fitness goals. This is really the first year that I am happy with where I am at. I have found a routine that I love, and can sustain being a working mom with two kids. My goal for myself this year is really to maintain my health and fitness routines, film more at home workouts for my YouTube page, and do one health/fitness blog post each week.
Today I will be answering your health and fitness questions:
How do you find the time?
I used to try to workout everyday but being a working mom this is a really high expectation to set. I’ve changed up my workouts, and now I workout for a longer period of time but only 3-4 days/week. It gives my body time to recharge and leaves more time for my kids on my “off” days.
The biggest thing for me though is that I really just have to schedule it into my day. It is not optional. You have to go into any new fitness routine with that mindset: It is just as important as anything else you have planned during the day. If you have the means, book a class somewhere. I’ve found that if I pay ahead of time, unless I am on my death bed, I am going to show up.
What are some exercises to do to lose the “mommy” belly?
Unfortunately, after two kids and one c-section I feel that this will never completely go away. The best thing you can do to lose that “mommy tummy” is run or jog. Planks are great too. Start with 30 a 30 second plank, and add 15 – 30 seconds each day until you work up to a full three minute plank. Do this daily.
Reverse planks are great too and work the lower abs.
Here are some exercises that I do to target the low abs. (sorry for the low picture quality – my husband is no photographer)
What does your typical workout look like?
In the fall, I joined one of those super cheap gyms that look like my garage but I am loving it. I still attend Shred415, and do my home workouts but it’s nice to have the option of a gym as well.
My workouts consist of some combination of running (30 minutes), weights (15 minutes), and toning and abs (15 minutes). I think the treadmill is extremely boring so when I run I either change the speed or the incline every minute. It makes the time go so much faster! Doing speed and incline intervals are also great ways to tone, build muscle, and increase endurance. You can read some of my treadmill workouts here.
Have you ever run a marathon?
I have not and don’t plan to. I can’t imagine putting my body through that. I am also not a distance runner! I did train for a 1/2 marathon once when my daughter was around six months old, and got up to like nine miles but it was too time consuming. I’d have to stop running or cut my run short to go home and nurse or pump. It just wasn’t the right time for me.
Do you have a weight that you try to maintain?
My weight fluctuates day to day which is totally normal! I tend to be right around 110. If I hit over 115, I know it’s time to cut back on the junk. 😉
What are your favorite shoes to exercise in?
My husband bought me these a few months ago, and they are amazing! I have bad knees and ankles from years of gymnastics, and I don’t notice any discomfort when running in these. They feel like running on a cloud, and are super light weight. I used to run in these but they are heavier, and the sizing is always changing. These ran super small. Great support though!
Do you prefer to run inside or outside?
Honestly, it depends on what I am doing. If I want to do some sort of interval, I usually prefer the treadmill because I can adjust the speeds and the incline as needed. If I’m going for distance, or just running to maintain a pace, then I like to do that outside. Running at one pace can get really boring on a treadmill so running outside helps with that.
I also live where it gets VERY cold and ice-y for about 4 months out of the year so I have no choice but to run indoors.
Thanks everyone for the great questions, and inspiring this post! If you have other questions you’d like answered, DM me on Instagram or email me at email@example.com
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