Faster, harder, longer is what a friend of mine reminded me that it takes to get fit post babies. Yes, of course! I know that but forgot for a hot minute while I complained about my soft mom bod. Maybe you’re rocking your hot mom bod which is great for you! But, if you’re like the rest of us, there’s always a few things we’d like to improve or tweak on our bodies. For me, I wanted to feel better in my work skirt. Nothing measures better than my flight attendant uniform at 35,000 feet where the air is thin and dry and the body is thirsty and bloated.
Sure, I eat fairly healthy and gave up the sweet treats last year. It takes more than that to keep it high and tight though especially if you’re 40 or older. So, I added a few things while I really focused on the “faster, harder, longer” mantra during workouts. My usual 30 minute cardio session wasn’t getting the job done, so I increased my minimum cardio to 45 or 60min whenever possible. It’s going pretty good, I’m down 10lbs from last year and planning on losing a few more.
These are the five things that I strive for everyday in addition to my faster, harder longer workout mantra:
1. Drink a ton of water everyday! Find healthy, yummy food that you love to eat.
2. Get plenty of sleep which is probably an hour or two more than you currently get
3. Sweat and breathe deep every single day.
4. Do as much yoga as possible
5. Write it down. All of it. Food, exercise, and timeline goals (ideal weight/size and time frame)
My kids and I talk about eating healthy, working out and practicing yoga all the time. The sweetest words are when my 3 year old twins say “mommy has to workout and take care of herself so she can take care of us.” Butterfly, happy mama moment when I hear these words.
Let’s be real, just because I’m 40 and have 3 kids (ages 5 and under) doesn’t mean I don’t want it high and tight. Just sayin…
I love your blog and seeing your vibrant smile ! This is all awesome advice but I also wanted to share something I Learned from a great trainer years ago:
Always do a small cardio warm up b4 exercising ( 5-8 mins)
Always do a weight / strength routine first (ideally for min of 30 mins .. This will burn the sugar stores out of your liver and your muscles so when u do cardio later The sugars are gone).
Finish with cardio for Desired time (20 min minimum) this means your cardio burn will be more fat burn focused and not just burning sugars out)
Its true – calories in – calories out
buT when u start with cardio you never get that efficient fat burn ur looking for