It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) 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 Nina, a very busy mom of 4 who also has time to manage the business momAgenda. (you must get one. I get one every year and LOVE it!).
Even though her plate is overflowing, she still finds time in her busy day for fitness. Please read on for more about why Nina is definitely “One Fit Mommy”:
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
As a naturally curvy girl, I have always had to work at being fit, and as a result have always exercised. My biggest inspiration for living a fit lifestyle is not the way it makes me look, but the way it makes me feel. I feel happier and more confident when I am in a good, consistent exercise routine.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
I have been there and I totally get it. There is a stage in the motherhood journey during which you are so overwhelmed with diapers and feedings that it seems like an insurmountable obstacle to get out there and exercise. I think what’s important is recognizing that you need to put yourself first in order to be at your best for your family. If you can afford it, hire help so that you can take care of yourself.
Q: What is your favorite exercise and why?
Right now my favorite is my pole dancing class. You work out in a dark room lit only by candles, with really loud, pulsating music. The movement celebrates womens’ curves–in class, you are told to stick out your butt and boobs, which is something most of us exercisers are not used to! It makes me feel powerful, sexy, and confident, and it is so much fun I barely even realize I am working out.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
I do a lot of cardio; I am a runner and am currently training for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon in May. I do cardio because it gives me a mental boost and it helps me fit into my skinny jeans. But I prefer my strength-training workouts, which include pilates reformer twice a week and of course my pole dancing classes.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I try not to think too much about it. On Sunday night, I write my workouts in my calendar in pen, so that I will view each workout as an appointment that is just as important as all my other appointments. That way I don’t even think about whether I feel like it; I just do it. When I am in the middle of a workout and feel so tired that I just want to quit, I remind myself to just focus on putting one foot in front of the other. I find it much easier to complete my workout when I stay in the moment, rather than thinking about the 8 miles or 10 miles or however long I am running that day.
Q: What is your favorite post workout snack?
A banana with almond butter — yum. That’s what I have after my long runs when I feel so depleted.
Thanks Nina for being an inspiration to us all!