Lazy Mom’s Guide to Getting in Shape for Summer!by Vanessa Davis on May 18, 2017
Being a mom is tough – that’s nothing new. But being a young mother… simply put, that’s a whole another level toughness we’re talking about right there.
If you’re anywhere between ages of 18 and 32 and have a child, you’re what all of those magazines and marketers refer to as a Millennial Mom. And if you’re a young mom, you probably fall into this category, seeing how more than 80% of new babies in the United States are born to millennials.
A recent report from the BabyCenter and the Interactive Advertising Bureau revealed that due to the recent rise in social media usage, mothers are now under more pressure than ever to be so called perfect moms.
But the report also revealed that most young women undergo a profound shift post-baby and things like friendships, time for themselves and fitness take a back seat to their child’s well-being.
So What Exactly is a Lazy Mom?
Ok, the term may sound a little offensive – but hear us out – when we talk about lazy moms, we actually mean in the broad sense. As you’ve seen, most mothers, no matter how old, have an incredibly busy schedule. So naturally, there’s no time to squeeze a workout into your daily routine.
But you need to know one thing – getting in shape and sheading a couple of additional pounds isn’t actually that hard. As a matter of fact, if you manage to find an effective workout regime and correct your diet a bit, you’ll be able to get in the right shape before the summer starts.
And while we’re sure that the phrase “perfect beach-body” sounds amazing, you should also think about the long-term benefits that come with regular exercising – better health, more energy and of course, a longer life-span.
But without further ado, let’s take a look at five easy steps you should take to start getting in shape in the next couple of days.
Four Steps to Get In Shape Before Summer
1. Weight Shouldn’t Be Your Only Goal
First off, you definitely shouldn’t hang all your expectations on a number on the scale. What you need to realize that with weight loss, plateaus are actually pretty natural and common. So if you manage to set yourself a goal beyond that, you’ll surely maintain your motivation.
For instance, one of your main aims should be to correct your diet, start eating healthier and make new eating habits. And you don’t need to starve yourself – the goal should be introduce new items and meals into your diet. In that situation, consulting a nutritionist or hiring a meal prep service would be wise.
2. Make Sure to Find a Perfect Routine
As you’re probably aware – different things work for different people. Some of them like to go out and run a couple of miles in the morning, while others like to hit the gym after a busy day at the office. You just need to discover what fits you best and stick with it in the long run.
You’ll probably need to try a couple of things out before you make the final decision – do you want to have a flexible workout schedule and exercise whenever you have the time for it, or do you need regimented slots devoted to fitness. Once again, it would be smart to consult a professional before you chose anything.
3. Don’t Overwork Yourself to Avoid Injuries
Once you start training, chances are you’ll start feeling energized. And even though there’s nothing wrong with that, this might actually lead to overworking. Exercising irresponsibly can also land you with an injury that will leave incapable of training and even taking care of your children for a couple of months.
Just don’t let a tight summer deadline trick you into overdoing anything – keep in mind that you’re in it for the long haul. Also, if you’re a beginner, you’ll need to learn how to gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. Luckily, there are many programs and workout guides available online (like this one from SkinnyMs.) that will explain the basics and help you stray injury-free.
4. Change Up Your Routine Every Once in a While
After a while, once you become stronger, you’ll probably get bored with your fitness routine. Don’t worry; this is also a pretty common occurrence. But you have to be aware that you don’t have to do the same exercises over and over again in order to get in shape.
There are so many different types of workouts – you have Zumba, yoga, interval training, strength training, running, spinning and many, many more. And who said you have to select one and stick with it? Boredom always leads to demotivation so you’ll need to fight boredom by switching things up every couple of months at least.
Finally, if you really lack motivation and you don’t feel like you’ll manage to get in shape before the summer starts, we have one more thing to mention that will certainly help you stay motivated.
We’ve already mentioned what benefits’ exercising has on your body, but did you know that exercising can also affect your family as well? You see, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the less physically a mother is the more likely her child will be inactive early in life.
The study which examined 554 different families came to a simple conclusion – when mothers exercise regularly so do the kids. So the next time you feel like procrastinating and sitting on the couch instead of exercising, remember that you activity levels are directly influencing the activity levels of you children.
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic-based recipes for herself and her kids.