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When I get on social media I see all of these moms killing it on the looks scale all while getting their personal agendas done, packing the perfect, organic lunches and still making time to work out.
After my first kid, I would still have a lot of time to do things for myself and workout an hour or more but since we had our second my life has changed dramatically. There is another human wanting more of me and sometimes I just want to sit on the couch during nap time and do absolutely NOTHING! Good news is I have found a way to do workouts and still have time to do all the other things I have on my list for the day.
Working out is great but there is a lot more to it than just hitting the gym. Our bodies have been chosen to be the superhumans who get to juggle their own wants and needs as well as their tiny humans, their husbands, and anyone else in their lives want and needs. We need to be the best we can be to take on all these wants and needs that are being thrown our way. So I have come up with five tips to help stay a healthier Momma/Superhuman.
HIIT is High-Intesity Interval Training. It is a form of interval training that is built to get your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time. These can range anywhere from 15-30 minutes. It puts our bodies in EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) which will leave your body burning calories throughout the rest of the day.
These little beauties are my life saver if you don’t have time to go for a run or a gym class just do a quick HIIT workout. They are wonderful because it not only increases your metabolism but it is also quick and convenient and you don’t need any equipment. If you need some inspiration follow me on Pinterest. I have a few boards with HIIT workouts, Toning, Cardio, and some Yoga. Click here to head on over to Pinterest.
This usually scares off women. When we hear the words ‘tone’ or ‘weights’ we think huge and muscular. What momma wants to look like the Incredible Hulk? Toning is something that can help women stay strong and burn calories. All you need is a set of weights and water. If you do not have weights, your body weight will work as well. Going through a few toning exercises along with some cardio helps us boost our metabolism and look and feel our best. When we throw in some toning we are getting more calorie-torching bang for our buck. It’ll keep your body working long after you’ve stopped working out.
I usually do a HIIT workout or go for a run and then do a short toning workout. They provide a perfect balance to our cardio workouts. I mean who doesn’t want to increase lean body mass and burn calories more efficiently? I know I do!
Now this one I have a hard time with a lot of times because, honestly, I love coffee and Dr. Pepper wayyy too much!. If I could, I would drink these two all day but I don’t have that luxury. Your body loses water constantly through breathing, sweating, and digestion so it is important that we rehydrate. Not to mention as women we need all the help we can get with that water weight. Ugh (insert eye roll here).
It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces. Someone who weighs 130lbs should be drinking about 65 oz of water. If water is hard to drink because the taste is so boring spice it up! You can infuse different fruit combinations to help the taste. I struggle to reach my goal ounces throughout the day when I get busy or I just lose count of how many ounces I have drank. I found something that has helped me keep count and stay on track. I purchased a water bottle that has times of the day on it to help set a goal of how much water I should drink by that time. If you are interested, Here is one. So lets do our bodies a favor and replenish it.