This is a guest post from Brandy Yearous, creator of the Super Mom Workout app:
Sometimes one of the hardest parts of having a baby is simply not being consumed by motherhood. When your every thought is given to your new little one, it is all too easy to forget about yourself. As mothers, we all seem to come to a certain point post-partum where we look in the mirror and say, “Whoa, this is not me. I want my body back!”
How do we get our bodies back when we give everything to our children? My revelation came in the middle of the night when I was up with my newborn son, standing next to his crib, trying to rock him back to sleep. He had just dropped his pacifier on the floor and when I bent down to pick it up I felt my leg muscles tighten. I began to think, “Why not work out here?” Why do I keep trying to make time for the gym when I can just work out at home? That’s when I created the Super Mom Workout. Having little energy and no desire to drop off my newborn at a gym nursery, I found creative ways to workout around the house.
Having a background in Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine I used targeted exercises to slim down my problem areas. My biggest problem area was my loose stomach. I created an entire abdominal workout for the 2 minutes it took to brush my teeth. I started with standing sit ups and transitioned to alternating in kicks and squats. While I bathed the kids in the tub, I took advantage of my kneeling position by doing leg lifts and kicks against the tub. As time went on, I found more ways to fit fitness into my life without taking any time away from my children. I turned every household chore into a mini workout.
Creating this workout made me realize it didn’t have to be me or the baby. It’s all about finding a balance. The key is to prioritize, organize, and multi-task your work or home schedule. Being a Super Mom is not about being everything to everyone and ignoring yourself; it’s about doing the best you can with what you have. The biggest thing you can do is to ask for help. Being a mother doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself.
Fitting in exercises when you can also which creates good mental health! It is a great sense of accomplishment to get the laundry folded while getting in 50 squats at the same time. With the help of the Super Mom Workout app and Tatum’s expert advice on proper form, you will be well on your way to losing your baby weight in no time. Then, when your friends ask you how you are able to get it all done, you’ll know that you are a Super Mom!
To learn more about Brandy Yearous and the Super Mom Workout app you can find me at thezonie.com. I also make custom workouts tailored to our app users’ home environment. You can reach me on Twitter at @SuperMomWorkout or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/supermomworkout