Do you struggle with the desire to work out but there isn’t enough time in the day? You’d think that “staying home” means more time to do what you want. That was the biggest surprise when I became a SAHM. There seemed to be even less time in the day for me.
We all know that it’s rare for moms to have uninterrupted time. That is why I like to get the most out of my short workouts.
I hear moms tell me all the time that they only use the cardio equipment at the gym. A large part of it is fear.
I get it. I was so self-conscious the first time I ventured from the cardio equipment to the free weights. But after hitting myself in the face with the bar doing strict presses and falling off of the pull-up machine, most of that insecurity is gone.
It was embarrassing when I fell off of the pull-up machine (I had the weight set incorrectly!) but–I didn’t die. And after a day or so, nobody even remembered.
People lifting weights are so hyper-focused on themselves that they barely notice others. I may be staring into space and seem to be looking into your soul but in reality thoughts of is my form right? or am I activating the right muscles? are racing through my mind.
Reasons moms should consider weight training.
Reason #1 Your workouts are shorter.
If you lift weights and take very brief rests between sets, you still get your heart rate up while building muscle.
Reason #2 You clothes will fit better
Who cares what the scale says if you are looking svelte? Muscle takes up less space than fat so the scale may show the same number but instead of a size 12 you are a size 6 (<—that’s what happens to me when I lift regularly!)
Weight training helps you lose body fat much more quickly than cardio alone.
Reason #3 It builds confidence
The stronger you are, the more confident you will feel. Trust me on this one. I am socially awkward and though I am outgoing, I am also nervous around people. Knowing that I am physically strong, makes me much more secure in my skin. It is a great feeling when you know you don’t have to call a man to help you lift something that a man could lift alone.
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I had to do everything on my own while my husband was deployed. There were many times that I was grateful for my leg strength. (Okay, okay. I’m always grateful for my strong legs! #squatlife)
Recovery is an important part of any workout. That’s where whey protein comes in. It is fast digesting and quickly goes to where your body needs it — your muscles. I like EAS® 100% Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla because of it’s great taste and versatility. I can drink it as a shake and I can make treats with it–like a yummy protein popsicle.
You can grab it at Walmart in the health and beauty section. If you use the Ibotta app, make sure you check it before heading to the grocery store.
My husband recently turned our garage into a gym. He bought me a squat rack. That’s true love right there, folks! The only drawback is that we live in Florida and it’s hot in there. It’s no joke hot.
After a sweat session I want a cold treat and I need protein. So I combine the two, of course.