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Fitness
Published Thursday Oct 10, 2019 by Paula Hoss

4 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Fit, On Any Budget

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Yoga
Cardio
Bootcamp
Ladies, can we all start by agreeing that being a mom is way harder than we ever imagined?
 

No matter what season of parenting you’re in, there are twists and turns that stretch us to limits we never imagined. Whether it’s toddlers that are up all hours of the night, or teenagers whose schedules require an advanced degree in logistics management–everything changes, and you get to figure it all out again.
 
If you’re like a busy mom like me, you may struggle to find the time and energy to fit exercise into your schedule—even though you know that it’s critically important for your mental and physical well-being. To help you reach your fitness goals (whatever they may be), I’ve compiled my favorite ways to get your workout in and your sanity back—all while sticking to your schedule and budget.

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Make moves with a friend.

Time commitment: High
Cost: Free 

For stay-at-home moms or mothers who work part-time, this is my favorite method of staying active. It goes something like this: 

- Find a friend who has kids a similar age as yours 
- Discuss your goals and plan ways to exercise together
- Strap the kids into their strollers and go for a long walk or to the playground/park 
- Challenge each other to bodyweight exercises, like pushups or squats, while the kids are playing 

Leverage the fact that you have some extra free time and use your creativity to move your bodies while keeping your kids busy.

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Women talking on yoga mats
Make moves with a friend.

Time commitment: High
Cost: Free 

For stay-at-home moms or mothers who work part-time, this is my favorite method of staying active. It goes something like this: 

- Find a friend who has kids a similar age as yours 
- Discuss your goals and plan ways to exercise together
- Strap the kids into their strollers and go for a long walk or to the playground/park 
- Challenge each other to bodyweight exercises, like pushups or squats, while the kids are playing 

Leverage the fact that you have some extra free time and use your creativity to move your bodies while keeping your kids busy.

Women working out with steps in the gym
Work out with your favorite influencers.

Time commitment: Medium influencers 
Cost: Free 

The beauty of social media is that there are hundreds of fitness accounts you can follow to craft unique workouts every day from the comfort of your home. Whether you choose to watch YouTube yoga classes— like Yoga with Adriene —or follow fitness buffs on Instagram—check out @whitneyysimmons)—it’s easy to return daily for at-home workouts that are fast, convenient and free!

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Women working out with steps in the gym
Work out with your favorite influencers.

Time commitment: Medium influencers 
Cost: Free 

The beauty of social media is that there are hundreds of fitness accounts you can follow to craft unique workouts every day from the comfort of your home. Whether you choose to watch YouTube yoga classes— like Yoga with Adriene —or follow fitness buffs on Instagram—check out @whitneyysimmons)—it’s easy to return daily for at-home workouts that are fast, convenient and free!

woman playing with baby on floor
Make fitness studios with childcare your new BFF.

Time commitment: High 
Cost: $30-$100/month

We all can agree that our kids are the best, but how glorious is child-free time? If you have a little extra in your budget, consider investing in a membership at a fitness studio near you that offers childcare. Most places will give you up to two hours of daycare a day—that means that you’ll have time to get a full workout, shower, and perhaps even blow-dry your hair so you can forego your standard mom bun.

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woman playing with baby on floor
Make fitness studios with childcare your new BFF.

Time commitment: High 
Cost: $30-$100/month

We all can agree that our kids are the best, but how glorious is child-free time? If you have a little extra in your budget, consider investing in a membership at a fitness studio near you that offers childcare. Most places will give you up to two hours of daycare a day—that means that you’ll have time to get a full workout, shower, and perhaps even blow-dry your hair so you can forego your standard mom bun.

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Invest in convenience.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: $30-$100/month 

Convenience fitness is booming, and it’s all about making fitness fit your life. From at-home sweat sessions to taking classes at the new studio in your neighborhood, working out whenever you want, wherever you want has never been easier. Peloton offers its in-home cycling bike for $97 a month ($59/month for 39 months + $39/month subscription). Peloton’s classes range from 10–to 60–minutes from the comfort of your living room, so it’s easy to squeeze in workouts before the kids get up (or in between activities). If premium cycling equipment isn’t your style, MINDBODY offers individual workout classes, memberships, and deals at the best fitness studios near you, right at your fingertips. From trying your first HIIT workout to tapping into some calm from kid chaos during yoga class, MINDBODY makes prioritizing self-care, simple. 
 
Let’s all agree that being a mom is the strangest mix of awesome, joyous, and downright exhausting. It’s hard to take time for yourself, but everyone wins when mom feels better—physically and emotionally!  

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Woman on cycle in gym
Invest in convenience.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: $30-$100/month 

Convenience fitness is booming, and it’s all about making fitness fit your life. From at-home sweat sessions to taking classes at the new studio in your neighborhood, working out whenever you want, wherever you want has never been easier. Peloton offers its in-home cycling bike for $97 a month ($59/month for 39 months + $39/month subscription). Peloton’s classes range from 10–to 60–minutes from the comfort of your living room, so it’s easy to squeeze in workouts before the kids get up (or in between activities). If premium cycling equipment isn’t your style, MINDBODY offers individual workout classes, memberships, and deals at the best fitness studios near you, right at your fingertips. From trying your first HIIT workout to tapping into some calm from kid chaos during yoga class, MINDBODY makes prioritizing self-care, simple. 
 
Let’s all agree that being a mom is the strangest mix of awesome, joyous, and downright exhausting. It’s hard to take time for yourself, but everyone wins when mom feels better—physically and emotionally!  

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!