We’re so freakin’ happy to have a guest post from Jill Kaufusi, our resident favorite fitness authority (you might know her as @jillkfitness on Instagram), Fit Blast host and local gym owner. Oh, and she’s got 4 kids too. NBD. She knows a thing or two about exercise and the mind body connection, read on for more!
I grew up in a family of eight children. I remember seeing my dad coming home from a long day at work, then locking himself in his home office and working on his MBA. This left my mom doing most of the terrible things, aka hanging out with all of us children. I don’t know how she did it.
Oh, but did I mention my mom also ran a daycare in our house, ironed people’s clothes, and did whatever other odd jobs she could find to help make ends meet? Well, she did, and after all of this, she would take a long speed walk around town with a friend of hers from the neighborhood.
Looking back, I now realize those evening walks were her ticket to SanityTown. The time away from the fighting kids, the endorphins flowing like wine, and uninterrupted adult conversation with a friend. That’s the stuff dreams are made of.
One night as a dumb little kid, I threw a fit about my mom leaving for her walk, and she angrily stayed home. She didn’t end up punching me in the face, but she sure looked like she wanted to.
Knowing what I know about the effects of physical activity for our mental health, I want to punch the face of dumb little me for taking that away from my younger, worn out, frazzled mom.
One of the most common positive effects exercise can have on our mental health is stress relief. Working out not only reduces stress, it also increases our ability to deal with existing mental tension. With all the tasks we women (and mothers) have on our plate, a quick stress-relief session at the gym or at home is just what the doctor ordered.
As a personal trainer, I get asked often about how to fit fitness into a busy schedule. The majority of my clients are women, and most of those women are mothers of young children.
It’s not easy, but it’s totally doable! Here are a few of my favorite tips to share with anyone trying to get started towards a healthier lifestyle and increasing fitness levels with a busy life:
- Make it a priority! Once you’ve decided this is important to you, you won’t let your excuses take over and keep you from making it happen. Set an appointment with yourself and don’t miss that appointment!
- Remember that anything is better than nothing. A 10-minute workout will get your blood pumping, but just getting mad at yourself for missing a workout won’t do you any good.
- Focus on increasing your NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) on a daily basis. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away in the grocery store parking lot, play on the playground with your children, etc.
“Working out” doesn’t always have to mean being at the gym for over an hour. That isn’t possible for everybody! Simply getting in a quick workout at home can do wonders for your physical and mental health and help you better manage the different stresses life throws your way.
This issue of “I don’t have time”, or “I don’t even know what to do”, or “I don’t have a membership” is one I’ve made it my mission to solve so that women everywhere can have access to the tools to help them manage their stress and live healthier lives.
I’ve created a monthly 30-minute a day home workout program that uses minimal equipment! The women who follow these workouts come from all different backgrounds, different body shapes and sizes, and different lifestyles. But we all have a common goal to feel strong, confident, and not lose our freaking minds.
Don’t they look so happy? Wall sits are the key to joy and prosperity, trust me.
My Fit Blasts are meant to make the most of your precious time and energy and help you get your workout in and done.
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Always remember to put in the time to care for yourself physically and mentally, because there’s no way we can be the best mothers/wives/career women/neighbors/human beings if we haven’t put ourselves first!
You’re worth it, you know it, and I do too.
Now, call your mom and tell her you’re sorry for all the times you messed up her plans because you get it now.
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