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being-a-fit-mom-angelenaBecoming a mommy does not mean that you have to give up your love for fitness.

It just means how and when you get it in may change. I have always included exercise as part of my healthy lifestyle, I love the way I feel after a workout and know I am taking care of my body and mind. So naturally, after I had my daughter I was excited to get back to my normal routine once my doctor gave me the approval. I had an emergency c-section so I had to start off slow with some walking on the treadmill and light weights at home.

Once I felt stronger I went for a daily four mile walk while my daughter napped in her stroller, it was the perfect way to get my workout in while she napped. I also had a bouncy seat that she loved, so once I was ready to get back to my weight training, I would get her in the bouncy seat and warm up on the treadmill, the noise would lull her to sleep and I would get my workout in.

As she got older, I would have to change up when I would get my workouts in. She eventually wouldn’t sit in her stroller for the walks so I took my workouts inside. I bought some Jillian Michaels DVD’s and would get a good 40 minute strength/cardio workout in. Now that she is an active 2 year old, she is used to me working out 4 to 5 times a week for about an hour. She will come in my home gym and play, but mostly she plays with her toys. Sometimes she even comes in and joins in for burpees or adds some resistance to my planks. I want her to grow up with a love of exercise and knowing that being active is healthy for her mind and body.

We as mothers have the ability and responsibility to teach our kids about the importance of exercise and taking care of yourself. With childhood obesity on the rise and kids who would rather watch television or sit on the computer it is our job to get them up and moving. Set the example for them and they will grow up being healthy and active.

5 Ways To Get Moving With Your Kids

  1. Take a nature walk. Talk about different things in nature that you see and have them point out animals or bugs.
  2. Go for a bike ride. After dinner, head out for a nice bike ride before it is time for homework or bedtime.
  3. Play soccer. Get out in your yard and kick the ball around, make sure to keep moving.
  4. Play at the park with them. While they are running around try some pull-ups on the monkey bars or run, climb and jump with them!
  5. Have them join in for part of your workout. When they are old enough have them join in for jump ropes, sit-ups, planks and sprints to show them how fun it can be. If it is nice out take your workout to the yard and enjoy the fresh air during your workout!

For more fitness advice from Angelena, visit www.angelenamarie.com.

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