By Val Solomon, Busy Mom Gets Fit
I'm sitting here smiling about you. I saw your Facebook or Instagram post roll by and it reminded me of you.
I'm smiling because, see, I know what you want. I know you have this goal. It's so big you haven't spoken it yet. You think people in your life won't understand.
So you just keep quiet.
But you keep grinding. Day after day. And I know what you are after.
I look forward to the day the world gets to feel the warmth of that fire that you are keeping to yourself.
And what women's fitness camp would be complete without a girl power play list full of empowering songs for women as background music?
Here's my list so for this year's Camp GORGO. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear!
Yoga has gone from a fringe activity--the pursuit of a few spiritually minded individuals--to a mainstream topic in fitness circles. Everyone from grandmas to Marines are now engaging in what used to be the purview of mystics, and that begs the question...is it still a sacred pursuit? Or just a great physical workout?
Cross-training has been promoted by an assortment of fitness professionals for years. Runners need strength, bodybuilders need flexibility...these were radical suggestions at one time, but now they’re generally accepted in training circles.
It’s rare now to see anyone in the gym, running on the road or track, or even just walking around the office without some kind of wearable fitness tracking device, and it can’t help but make you wonder--do fitness tracking tools help you reach fitness goals?
So what do you do when time is at a premium? What do you do when energy and money are, as well?
In the weight lifting world, failure is not only an option, it’s a good one. But if you don’t feel inclined to push yourself to the limit, there are other choices out there. If you’d like to maximize muscle growth and have the ability to engage in smaller, more frequent workouts, it’s a productive alternative.
Weight loss tips for older women don’t have to simply be restriction and struggle, in other words. You do have to throw some effort at exercise and nutrition, but it’s a matter of working smarter, not harder.
Is filtering yourself beyond recognition really going to help your self esteem in the end? Or is it going to make it even more unlikely that you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, if you’re comparing it to what you’re looking at--along with your Facebook friends and Instagram followers--on your social media posts?
Organizing your workout schedules and nutrition as a busy mom trying to get fit is hard enough on its own, with the time crunches and roster of responsibilities you already have, but when you’re also the meal and snack planner for a crew of kids--who often are not thrilled about your healthy choices for meals or snacks--it can add to the difficulty.
Byproducts of a “lose weight, look good” protocol may very well be that your self-esteem skyrockets and a few other things fall into place in your life. But be wary of associating feeling better about yourself too closely with appearance.