Fitness and the Stay-At-Home Mom

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{Guest post from  Rebecca of}

Making Fitness a priority when you are a stay-at-home mom. Is there enough time in your day?

When I first entered the world of health and fitness, I was so obsessed with my desire to succeed that the thought of not having enough time never even crossed my mind. I was determined, I was laser focused, and I was ready to alter any schedule that got in my way. So once I became a fitness coach, it shocked me to hear so many other stay-at-home moms say that they just “didn’t have the time” for their health.

A wise person once said that we make the time for the things that are important to us. For everything else, we make excuses. This motto has been one I use to help other moms learn to make the time they need to get healthy.

Step 1: Prioritize

Life is out of balance for most people. With the massive amounts of social media and other technology at our disposal, we have forgotten how to prioritize. Don’t get me wrong, social media has its place in our world, but we have to keep it there, in its place.

The first thing I tell women who are struggling to make the time for health is to set their priorities in order. If you wake up and the first thing you do is spend thirty minutes to an hour on Facebook, you need to reprioritize. And in order to do that, you may need to ask yourself some tough questions like, “Did this time on Facebook better my life?” and “Could I set this aside for later and do something more meaningful now?’

Chances are, if you’re like most busy women, those questions are a little scary because you already know the answers. And chances are, you will want to fight tooth and nail to keep yourself from having to alter the lifestyle you have become accustomed to. But if you are serious about your health, you are going to have to make a change.

Take a piece of paper and a pencil and write out your priorities. Take special notice of what is at the top of your list because that is what you thought of first. If you wrote something like email, it’s time for a change. Your priorities should read more like this: God, husband, children, self care (health and fitness), other family (yes, YOU come before them!), household duties, social media…

Setting the proper priorities in place is the first step to making the time you need.

Taking steps to add Fitness into your Stay-At-Home Mom schedule.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Once you have your priorities in place, it is time to make a plan. How will you tackle the priorities? Will you set a schedule with specific times for each thing, or will you write a simple routine to follow – perhaps some check boxes are in order? Whatever way you do it, making a plan is vital to your success and it will help you stay focused on what you want to achieve.

Health and fitness won’t happen overnight so you need to make sure that you plan out your days with the time necessary to commit and follow through. One thing I like to suggest is that you don’t bite off more than you can chew. If placing your self care as a priority is new to you, then a simple 15 minute walk around the neighborhood may be all you can handle. And that is OK. As long as you are prioritizing yourself and setting that time aside, you will be successful.

And what about the kids? What about them?! Involve them. If being a mom is what stops you from being healthy, then you need to make your family, especially your children, a part of your plan. Go for walks, scavenger hunts, bike rides, swims, park dates, or anything else that gets you moving. You don’t have to jump right in with an hour long fitness program. That will come later. For now, you just need to learn to make the time.

Step 3: Follow Through

You’ve prioritized and you’ve planned, but none of that will do any good if you don’t follow through. Stop the excuses, put down the tech devices, step away from the chocolate, and make things happen. Don’t allow yourself to get derailed by any naysayers – especially if those naysayers can’t tie their shoes yet. It is OK to make the time for you.

Did you get that? Let me say it again…

It is OK to make the time for you.

I run into a lot of moms who think working on their health and fitness is a selfish endeavor, but it’s not. You are a better person when your life is more balanced, and pursuing health helps you achieve balance.

About the Author: Rebecca Yaghazarian is a Christian, wife, homeschooling mom of two special needs delights, blogger, and fitness fanatic/Independent Team Beachbody Coach. Find her online at

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  1. So true, so true. Life has been sooooo crazy this past summer I feel like we didn’t get the usual level of activity in. Now that the cooler weather has hit, I have been working out a plan. Baby steps are totally in order and I love how you mention getting the kids involved. One of the ways we have in the past gotten the kids involved is to throw on a Just Dance video game. We all dance around our living room. The kids love it and is something we can do together when the weather gets cold out.

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