It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you!
Today’s fit mommy is Hannah, who works for ERGOBaby, my favorite baby carrier of all.
Please read on for more about Hannah and how she stays fit while juggling a career and small children. (and if you are looking for a baby/toddler carrier for yourself or a friend, I HIGHLY recommend the ERGO baby carriers, they are awesome! See the video clip below!)
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
A: I have always been active. My parents used to wear us in a backpack to go hiking and walking in the woods – as soon as we could walk, we walked! I was involved in lessons of all kinds – swim team, tennis lessons, horseback riding, ballet, and later, in high school, springboard diving and soccer. When I got to college I discovered running, and I’ve never looked back!
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
You have time for what you make a priority. How do you have time to do dishes, pack lunches, or watch your favorite show on TV? If you schedule exercise into your life, you have time for it – it’s that simple. And after a few months of regular exercise, you feel a bit lost without it. If you really can’t convince yourself to exercise, in spite of the benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles, and mood, think of the example you set for your children! Do you want them to be sedentary or active?
Q: How many days per week do you run and do you follow a specific training schedule?
I used to be more devoted, and hardly ever missed a day – now that life is considerably more hectic, I commit to running 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week. I do about 100 crunches after each run, and for now that just has to be good enough!
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I think of how much better I’ll feel once I’m done, and how much easier it is to just DO it than it is to keep procrastinating the run. Then, I put on my workout clothes. Sometimes that’s the hardest part! Once they’re on, though, you really don’t want to take them off again without having used them!
Q: What is your favorite brand of running shoes/clothes?
I like Asics running shoes. I have really narrow feet, and they always seem to fit really well. I’ll wear any brand of clothes – I prefer built-in shelf bras in my tops to a separate jog bra.
Q: Random question: How do you reward yourself after a tough race/workout?
After a race, I usually go out to a good breakfast with the family, and then we go to the beach. After a hard workout, I usually feel rewarded in knowing that I completed it!
Here is a clip of Hannah demonstrating the ERGO baby carrier with her newborn girl just 3 weeks after giving birth. As you can see, she is definitely “One Fit Mommy”!
Thank you Hannah for being an inspiration!
You can see more interviews with other fit moms (and dads too!) over here.