Working out while being a working mom!

No gimmick just my personal experience with a busy working mom lifestyle and trying to fit in some time to get fit!

Bowflex Max Trainer!

Yes, the commercial sparked my interest especially when it said 14-minute workout. I was sold after that but still skeptical. I was pressed for time and the gym was getting harder to fit in my schedule. My goal was to keep working out but it only got more difficult to find the time. A full-time job when I purchased the machine and my 9 year old son and 9 year old step-son kept me busy. My grandfather also lives with us and let’s not forget cooking, cleaning and my relaxation time (joke).

Well, we took the “risk” and purchased the machine and I knew at the very least working out from home would be easier even if I wasn’t sure about an “effective” work-out in only 14 minutes. I was thrilled to find out that the 14 minutes work-out kicked my butt! I felt great afterwards and like I just ran a mile but was still able to do some other things after. I also like to lift some light weights, stretch and work abs (important after having kids).

my machine at my house

Just work it out!

Why this for the website name? Because there are a number of things can be “worked out” by working-out. For example:

  1. Trouble Sleeping………. Just Work It Out!

According to the Sleep Doctor, Michael J. Breus, PhD, “Exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep. Physical activity increases time spent in deep sleep, the most physically restorative sleep phase. Deep sleep helps to boost immune function, support cardiac health, and control stress and anxiety.”

2. Stressed………. Just Work It Out!

Harvard Health Publishing from Harvard Medical School states, “The mental benefits of aerobic exercise have a neurochemical basis. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.”

3. Feeling down………. Just Work It Out!

Another fun fact from Harvard, “Behavioral factors also contribute to the emotional benefits of exercise. As your waistline shrinks and your strength and stamina increase, your self-image will improve. You’ll earn a sense of mastery and control, of pride and self-confidence. Your renewed vigor and energy will help you succeed in many tasks, and the discipline of regular exercise will help you achieve other important lifestyle goals.”

First facts now me!

I figured some facts from actual “professionals” might help motivate as well as my personal experience. I want anyone who struggles with stress, sleep deprivation, depression or just self-doubt to know that something so simple as getting a good work-out really can help!

Like a lot of people I have been stressed and depressed and found as soon as I get on that machine and go for it with some earbuds and music that I think about the things that contribute to my stress or depression and then release them during that process. Sometimes Like a lot of people I have even gotten ideas from working-out from just feeling motivated. It’s an escape and it’s time only for me to just work it all out!

If you want to talk about feeling down especially about your body, after gaining 50 pounds after my first pregnancy I completely understand. That is finally what motivated me to start working out again. Oh and the fact that I wasn’t getting any younger and neither was my metabolism. I struggled a lot at first with the horrible truth of my body will never be the same. Some people can just bounce right back after a baby but not me. I had to work hard to just get close to “before baby body” but the work made me satisfied. I was finally OK with not having my 20-year old body anymore because what I did have was a fit and healthy body which is more than enough. Oh and my two beautiful boys of course.

I hope between some facts and my own life experiences that you now can find the motivation to “Just Work It Out!”

 

 

 

 

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