So, here are three ways I maximize my workouts, because every minute counts when you’re a mom of young children.
1. Move all day
My actual workout might only be 20-30 minutes, but I’m rarely sedentary.
I build fitness into my daily activity by walking Jada to school, walking to the park instead of driving, cleaning the house, chasing Cole, mowing the lawn, did I mention, chasing Cole? Oh my gosh, that kid keeps me active.
It’s not hard to rack up a lot steps when you make it a priority to move.
2. Intermittent Fasting
The “F” word can be off-putting, but this way of fueling works for me. You can read in more detail here, but the condensed version is that I shorten my eating window to about 6-8 hours.
There’s no caloric restriction, but I tend to eat a bit less because I’m not grazing all day long. By incorporating this concept, I’m more in tune with actual hunger cues and my overall energy has improved. I’ve always preferred fasted workouts, so this appeals to me even more so.
3. Lift Heavy Weights
Resistance training is important to building and maintaining lean muscle. As we age, we gradually lose muscle mass, so lifting weights helps combat this.
Heavy weights also increase the intensity of my workouts without having to increase the duration.
If you’re stuck in a rut with your training, try grabbing the heavier set of dumbbells instead and feel that heart rate soar. Not only will you surprise yourself (you can do it!) but your body will thank you.
I keep fitness and nutrition simple because life is complicated enough. It’s tough to filter through all the nutrition and training programs out there, so pay attention to what your body is telling you. Importantly, seek advice from certified trainers and registered dietitians that have the educational backing.
What works for you?! How do you make workouts count?