3 Tips for Balancing Parent Life & Fitness

Being a parent can be tough. Rewarding, of course, but with so many people & things vying for your attention, maybe you find it hard to fit in fitness. It may take some trial & error, but with these tips & a bit of persistence, you can absolutely stay fit, get stronger and healthier while balancing family life.

TIP #1 Consistency trumps perfection.

This is true for your diet & your training. When you maintain a restrictive mindset with these things, you’ll stop enjoying doing them & inevitably fall off the wagon. Try following an 80/20 rule! Most of the time or most of what you eat is a clean diet, unprocessed foods, veggies, etc…, but 20% of the time you allow yourself something that you know you will crave later. Whether it’s a few crackers with your healthy meat & veggie soup or a bite of chocolate with your morning coffee, allow yourself the things you know you crave consistently. Some people prefer a whole meal of those things (you may hear people refer to “cheat meals,” but I don’t like that mentality. I like to incorporate those “treats” into most days in very small amounts not whole meals.

With fitness & training this means that you don’t have to spend 2 hours in a gym to make progress. You can totally make great progress if you commit to just 30-60 minutes 3-5 times/week! Of course you should be training according to your goals, but a well-rounded fitness habit should include strength training & cardiovascular work (which doesn’t have to be running or biking btw). You can workout in a gym or at home & make progress. You may need to adapt to working out at home, but that’s doable! If you need accountability & help with training plans for home, we’ve got you covered – check out our online coaching group – The Strength Society for accountability, coaching & our training plans for at home (and the gym of course).

#2 Set REAL goals, not just aesthetics (looks) goals.

Over & over we see people set just aesthetics goals and whether they reach them or not they get burnt out and end up feeling unmotivated and listless. Typically they can’t maintain the routine they’ve followed to reach the goal & just end up back where they started. Have you been there? This is why you see people take up competitions and challenges because they lack REAL goals that create discipline and keep you motivated. Goals like…

  • moving with less pain
  • feeling more energized
  • being able to smash 10 pull ups
  • or squat 1.5x their bodyweight
  • or hike up a steep hill without getting out of breath
  • setting a good example for their kids
  • improving bloodwork
  • being able to run a mile nonstop without training for it…

The list goes on & is specific to you. But once you stop focusing on the scale weight, how jiggly your belly is, how flabby your arms may be or whatever it is that we know bugs you, you’ll really start to create a fit LIFESTYLE instead of a temporary habit!! And that’s where you start to see true, long-lasting results.

THIS internal motivation is the true key to long term results and fitness as you change your mindset, you start really enjoying moving your body and challenging it to perform better! This internal motivation creates the mindset that makes habit building, discipline easier.

#3 Set your priorities but also be flexible.

Once you’ve truly dug into Tip #2, you’ll see your priorities clearer. What’s more important? Sleeping in 30 more minutes or getting up for a morning walk or workout? That’ll be an easy question to answer & easier to stick to when you are doing it for YOU, not for how society has convinced you you should look!

And at the end of the day, there will be times in your life when that extra 30 minutes is sleep is truly needed more than a workout. Or when there are family needs that take precedence. These are times when you should be kind to yourself, try to be as consistent as you can & focus on the things you enjoy about moving your body, not hitting performance goals or staying super rigid in your plan.

I get it! With baby #2 coming very soon, I’ll be there…focused on recovery, sleep and self care, but also mindful to keep moving my body & eating well most of the time because I know I feel better when I do.

It’s all about the long game, not short term thinking.

Need accountability and a great program to follow? Check out our app-based 6 mo training programs OR our online coaching group!

Amelia (& Alberto) @ Level Up Strength Society

For more information on our workout programs, coaching or to schedule a free Clarity Call with us, visit https://www.pdxstrengthsociety.com/

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Published by Level Up Strength Society

Level Up Strength Society is a family-owned personal training business. If you've been working hard & not seeing results, you're missing the COACHING ingredient! ‍ We take coaching very seriously. As certified personal trainers, we became disillusioned by the traditional model of ONLY helping clients in the 1 hour time slot we saw them. And definitely take issue with trainers who just stand there & watch their clients workout. We combine online & in-person training along with nutrition & mindset coaching to truly LEVEL UP your health! Our mission is to coach you through a sustainable lifestyle transformation.

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