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Those leftover pregnancy pounds and weak muscles are discouraging to any mom, even if it has been years since you had your last kid. You know that you should exercise, but there doesn’t seem to be an effective way to fit it in. There’s no secret formula to being physically fit, but if you try some practical advice you can discover what works for you.

Make a Commitment

You’re not going to get any more motivated by trying to do a couple of aimless workouts and then feeling guilty when you can’t keep up the routine. Do yourself a favor and make a clear commitment with goals and a plan before you start a fitness regimen.

Set Realistic Goals

In order to change your lifestyle, you’ll need goals that are motivating but realistic. Don’t shoot to lose twenty pounds in the next month. Your goals don’t even need to be related to your weight or pant size. A different approach is committing to frequency. If you commit to twenty minutes of exercise four days a week after doing none, your physique will change in the way you want it to. If you find end goals inspiring, sign up for a fun event like a 5k run.

Include Your Kids

Not only will you be creating a healthier lifestyle for you, but you will be teaching your kids the value of fitness. It will also be more fun. Your activities can change depending on the age of your kids. Go for power walks with the stroller, take family bike rides, walk the dog together, play catch or tag at the park, participate with a yoga video together, or run laps around the field while your child is at soccer practice.

Short Sessions

Ideally you might want an hour-long work out, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. If you can get your heart rate up for ten minutes at a time, you will effectively burn some calories and build some strength. Fitting three ten-minute sessions or two fifteen-minutes sessions into a day is a lot more realistic for some people than one thirty-minute session.

Mix It Up

While you should build fitness into your daily routine, you will almost certainly get bored and lose motivation if you are always doing the same workouts. Always be looking for something new. Try indoor and outdoor sessions, resistance training, cardio, relaxation exercises, and workouts of varying intensity. This will keep you excited about you routine and help you work out your whole body.

Include Your Friends

You probably don’t get enough time to socialize anyway, so consider the benefits of having workout buddies. You will have more fun and will be more motivated when working out with your friends. It’s also a great way to make new friends. Join a fitness class or a club, or plan to run a charity race together. Working out is also a great way to spend time with your significant other.

Reward Yourself

You deserve a reward when you meet your goals. Being more fit is a reward in itself, but don’t feel bad about treating yourself to a shopping trip or a new outfit. Congratulate yourself, you’ve worked hard!

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6 Reasons To Join A Gym

It may seem like just the opposite, but increasing your exercise is a vital part of keeping up with all the work you do. While there is a time to rest, you should be moving throughout the day and gaining strength for good health. A successful health regimen involves a combination of healthy food and increased physical activity. You’re a farm girl, so you’ve taken care of the first one. But there are many ways to achieve the second, and everyone’s preferences are different. Here are six reasons joining a gym could be the answer, and worth every cent of the membership fee.

Motivation

It can be easy to set out with the best of intentions when it comes to increasing your exercise, but then your efforts fall away as your initial enthusiasm fades. A regular gym session adds a little more structure and routine, and is easier to turn into a habit than more improvised forms of exercise. Just as importantly, if you’ve already paid out for a gym membership, this can provide an incentive to continue unless you want to waste your money!

Greater Focus

Actually leaving home to go to the gym may take an effort, but once you arrive you’ll have no distractions from your workout. You won’t be as tempted to cut your session short as you may be if you exercise at home.

More Variety

No matter how much you love jogging or cycling, a single type of exercise can become drearily familiar after a while. You may be able to think of several other activities you can do for free, but eventually you’ll long for a little more variety in your exercise routine. A well-equipped gym will have enough facilities to keep your workouts diverse and interesting for months on end.

Other Health Activities

Depending on the location, your gym may offer additional services which will help your efforts. You may be able to enjoy a relaxing massage to help your body to recover after a workout, a sauna to sweat off a few extra calories, or even simply a refreshing swim as the final part of your session.

Personal Trainer Access

Most gyms offer access to a personal trainer who can help tailor your exercise plan if you have a specific weight loss goal. This can greatly improve the effectiveness of your workouts, not only for shedding the pounds, but for tightening and toning your body as you go.

The Social Aspect

In a gym, you’ll quickly start to recognize other members, and can chat to a different familiar face each time you visit. Or call up a friend and arrange a time to workout together. It’s a convenient way to catch up while you motivate each other to stay fit.

For many people a gym membership is by far the most effective way of boosting your workouts, burning off fat and keeping fit for your kind of lifestyle. Again, there are many cost-free ways to add a little extra physical activity to your everyday life, but a gym membership might just be the one to try.


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