Tips From Real Moms
Don’t let the fear of exercising keep you from getting healthy. FitMe Wellness interviewed members andÂ asked for tips, tricks, and advice on how to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into everyday life. With theseÂ tips, you can do it too!
Keisha, 41 – “Even before joining FitMe Wellness I was veryÂ active as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and enjoyedÂ lifting weights not just for physiological benefits, but for the mental benefits that came along with it.”
Taresa, 45 – “I am a mom of three boys. The only exercise IÂ got before joining FitMe Wellness was chasing after the children,Â and that definitely was not enough.Â Really my only exercise wasÂ taking the boys for slow walks around the neighborhood or playing in the pool.”
What motivated you to start on a healthy lifestyle journey?
“Having both of my parents die from heart disease by the time IÂ was thirty-five motivated me to become much more active than IÂ had been in the past. I was active in my daily life, but I needed toÂ incorporate a regular, structured exercise program including liftingÂ heavy weights. I felt if my parents exercised more regularly, theyÂ may not have had severe heart problems.”
“I started thinking exercise might not be a horrible idea in 2010Â when my youngest son turned four and I was starting to panicÂ that I was over forty and I wondered if I would be around for allÂ his important moments.”
What does your nutritional plan consist of?
“I love sweets, so I really need to balance my daily nutrients. I tryÂ very hard to eat as many fruits, veggies, lean slices of meat andÂ whole grains as possible. I feel if I eat the majority of fruits andÂ vegetables in the earlier part of the day, it allows me to have aÂ sweet treat without feeling guilty.”
“I will admit, the nutrition part of being healthier is more difficultÂ for me than exercising. I rarely hit fast food places now, and IÂ have significantly increased the variety of fruits and veggies I eat,Â such as squash and putting kale in smoothies, but I still needÂ to work on not eating junk- like wanting to inhale a bag of chipsÂ when I get home from work.”
How has exercise affected your personal life? Your familyÂ dynamic?
“Exercising has given me so much energy, I do not think I couldÂ accomplish all that I do in a day without it. My daily schedule isÂ very hectic as a full-time college student, wife, mother, and anÂ independent personal trainer. Exercise gives me the strength andÂ stamina to get through my day. I am not only physically strongÂ due to my workouts, but I am mentally strong as well which helpsÂ me to stay focused and not give up so easily when my courseÂ work gets tough.”
“I like that my kids see my husband and I being more active,Â and hopefully they will be more healthy and active as a result.Â We have the energy to take our youngest on hikes, and he oftenÂ asks for lettuce or blueberries for a snack. It is also great that myÂ hubby and I joined the same gym. We have made friends withÂ others at the gym, and we do things with them outside of theÂ gym. We have the active friends we always wished we had whenÂ we were younger.”
What do you do most often for exercise?
“I would love to exercise a lot more than I currently do, but with aÂ full schedule my time is limited. I try to strength train on my ownÂ to supplement the four group fitness classes I teach, and I alsoÂ ride my bike and teach a Spin (indoor cycling) class once a week.Â Now that summer is here, I have started my running season. I willÂ participate in a 5K run for each of the summer months throughÂ September. I train for these runs about three times each week.”
“When I first started at the gym, I did not have the confidence toÂ do anything but a few machines- I was afraid of being judged.Â Then I realized I was there for myself and started going to classesÂ where I was able to push myself more. What really changed myÂ life was when they started a run club. I had not run since highÂ school gym class many years ago, but I needed something different. I whined when we had to run a small distance, but I reallyÂ started to understand how amazing exercising can feel. I haveÂ also really enjoyed the MMA classes as well. Getting to pretendÂ to punch and kick is another great stress reliever.”
What has been your greatest achievement thus far?
“My greatest achievement has been building upper body strengthÂ that I am proud of. Being able to do “boy” push-ups and pull-upsÂ on a bar, when many people still think women are too weak to doÂ these types of exercises, has been a huge accomplishment. ButÂ more importantly, I am proud of my group fitness class participants who make it a priority not to miss their cardio/strengthÂ class every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:45am.”
“My greatest achievement is that I completed a marathon in September 2014! I went from thinking people who run are crazy, toÂ becoming one of those crazy people. I NEVER thought I had theÂ internal or external strength to play that mind game, but I did it!”
If you could share one tip to a “younger you,” what wouldÂ it be?
“The one tip I would share with my “younger me” is to just do it,Â not to let fears of what others may think about the healthy decisions that I have decided to incorporate in my life. After all, it isÂ my life, and I need to live it the best and healthiest way that I seeÂ fit, regardless of what others might think.”
“What advice would I give my younger self? So easy-get off theÂ couch and go! My husband and I frequently state if we workedÂ out as hard in our twenties as we do now, we would be in amazing shape!”