Hello Everyone! We will like to introduce you to our guest blogger, Kelli Atangan, who is a client in our bootcamp program. Here is what she has to say about staying fit as a new mommy, and her fitness program that she runs:
Like most moms, I was very active before I had kids. I competed in gymnastics through college and then took up triathlons in graduate school. I kept myself active throughout my pregnancy, walking and taking prenatal yoga. Then I had my first son, and my whole exercise routine came to a halt. There were always excuses that kept me from going to the gym or going on a run. The baby is sleeping, the baby is up, the baby is hungry or fussy, I didn’t sleep last night, I don’t have the right stroller, nothing fits, who will watch him, and he doesn’t like the gym daycare, and so on. When your life turns upside down it is easy to fall out of a routine. So I went about my day, trying to do a million things for my son and nothing for myself. Exercise became a thing of the past and something I would get back into “one day”.
If there’s one thing that a new mom needs it is support. We need support for mothering our children but we also need support for ourselves. Having a group of moms to workout with helps you to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of your kids. Getting those endorphins flowing can be the key to getting you through a long day with the kids or the next mega meltdown! On the days that I exercise, I feel more organized and have more energy. My kids are still the world’s worst sleepers and I might barely have my eyes open but I’m done using it as an excuse.
Kelli Atangan can be found leading Kingstowne Mommy Strides every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8am in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria,VA. For more information find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KingstowneMommyStrides