The 10 Rules I Followed to Get My Mom Bod Back
The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.
I'm one of those crazy people that for the most part actually likes working out. I used to go the gym almost daily and take every kind of class or hit up the weights. Needless to say, in mom life, things are very different. First of all, my body did not start feeling like my own again until probably 9 months postpartum. I felt as if I was starting over on my fitness journey and that was tough both physically and emotionally. More than once I had to remind myself that I did, in fact, birth a small human!! Second of all, I want to spend my time with Emmett when I'm not working, not at the gym. So I knew that working out at home was a must, but what I've learned is this is hard. It's so easy to skip a workout because you want 15 more minutes of sleep or you get sucked into your phone.
Before I jump into the 10 rules I follow, I wanted to make a point that my mom bod transformation took almost an entire year so no matter where you are, take it easy on yourself and enjoy the journey. Did I mention that the human body is amazing?! Here are the 10 rules I follow to stick to my workout schedule.
1. Workout first thing in the morning.
Don't think, just do. I get my workout in before my body has any idea what is happening! This really jumpstarts my day allowing me to go to work feeling accomplished and refreshed.
2. Layout your workout clothes the night before.
OR even better, sleep in them so you are ready to go right when you wake up! I also have a water bottle or glass for water ready to streamline the process.
3. Choose your workout the night before.
I noticed if I didn't pick a workout the night before, I would ultimately become distracted in the morning trying to figure out what to do. If you're curious, my favorite at-home workouts include BBG by Kayla Itsines and Lauren Gleisberg workouts.
4. Put your phone on the other side of the room when you sleep.
This way, once the alarm goes off, you have to stand up to silence it and are less likely to fall back asleep.
5. Do. NOT. snooze.
This is related to the previous rule. When you snooze, you only get a few more minutes of low quality sleep. For me, I seem to wake up more tired than if I had just gotten up with my first alarm!
6. Create a rule that you are not allowed to go on social media until your workout is complete.
Social media can be a black hole. So much, in fact, I'm willing to bet the term "time suck" didn't exist prior to social media. Creating this rule for yourself will reinforce the habit of working out.
7. Tell others about your workout habits (kind of like I'm doing right now!).
This probably sounds a little funny, but if you tell people you're the kind of person that works out at 5am, you'll feel like you are going against your nature when you don't.
8. Find a workout buddy to hold you accountable.
There are so many communities that you can join where the women are so supportive of each other. For the most part, my husband has been my accountability partner. I tell him to tell me to go workout when I'm looking like I'm about to fall back into the bed in the morning. Surprisingly, this helps!
9. Schedule in rest days.
It's extremely important to take time to rest your body. Your rest day could be every Sunday or it could be the occasional Friday because you've had a long week (usually me). Listen to your body. Also, by scheduling rest days, you will be less likely to burnout.
10. Like I said previously, be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey.
Countless times I've had to cut my workout short because Emmett wakes up or I can't seem to get myself out of bed. Rather than beating myself up about it, I just start over the next day. It's easy to get discouraged when you aren't where you want to be and you see a long road ahead. If you take the time to enjoy the process and the challenge, you will be more likely to see it through. Remember you grew and birthed a baby, mama! Think progress, not perfection.
Do you have any rules you follow to develop your workout habit? Share below!