Pop Up Profile: Our Fit Family Life

Pop Up Profile: Our Fit Family Life

Dear Pump the Bump,

I struggle staying hydrated. I drank water prior to pregnancy but not THIS MUCH water. With months to go, I'm getting bored and worried I'll start drinking less. Any suggestions?

Jessica, New York, USA

As you know, water is critical to keep everything functioning well in your body and your baby’s body.

A pregnant woman should drink at least 2 liters (64 ounces) of water a day. Since you are active, you should try to drink 3 liters (100 ounces) daily.

Here are a few tips:

  • A glass of warm lemon water to start your day is a known immune system booster and flushes toxins. -
  • When you exercise make sure you drink a cup (eight ounces) of water every 15 minutes.
  • It’s difficult for the body to tell the difference between hunger and thirst. So if you are feeling hungry, you may just be dehydrated. Try to grab a glass of water before jumping on a snack.
  • You can decrease your caloric intake by hundreds of calories each day just by replacing the sugary drinks with some infused water. So why not give it a try? Mix some fruit in a large pitcher and let it to steep in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Feel free to get creative here. You can make:Lemon, Mint & Cucumber - Lemon & Strawberries- Lime & Watermelon - Watermelon, Strawberries & Rosemary… The possibilities are endless!
  • I am always carrying my 1 liter bottle of water with me. I prefer a glass bottle to avoid the huge and unnecessary plastic bottle consumption. I pick a handbag big enough to contain my bottle and I never leave the house without it! I find I drink more when I have one with an easy flip top or straw. I just make sure I fill it up at least twice a day. 

What is the most challenging aspect of working out with a little one running around?

When Curren started crawling, exercising became a little bit more challenging for me. My son wasn't napping as much as he did last year. He started to discover the world around him and wanted to explore. I wasn't the center of his attention anymore!

Like many of you, I enjoy planning my workouts. I usually choose about 5 different moves and decide how many reps and rounds I want to do. However, since Curren crawls (and now walks) many of my workouts don't happen the way I had planed! Initially it was frustrating, but after a few tries, I decided to go with the flow. Sometimes my son is just not in mood for a workout/playtime, sometimes he doesn't want me to hold him and wants to explore the backyard. I stopped planning my workouts with him, I now watch him play WHILE squatting! If he feels like jumping on my stomach in the middle of my ab workout, it becomes the best workout ever... I would never ask him to get down, I just adapt the moves and keep interacting with him. You will quickly realize that fitness can really be a form of fun family time.

What are strategies you use to manage quality time with your family, your own fitness, your business, and your own self-care?

Exercising is like breathing for me. I’ve never seen it as a punishment because I ate too much chocolate and I never tried to get a 6-pack to show off on the beach during summer. The outdoors and an active lifestyle is what brought my husband and I together. While some families save money to buy a big TV or a nicer car, we save to live our life fully, to travel, take extra time for a camping trips, backpacking, surf trips, snowboarding trips… We love that life, and promised ourselves that we wouldn’t sacrifice that to start a family. We knew life could be more fun, just as active and even richer than it was before we were parents. Being fit and active with a young family isn’t impossible, it just requires a bit of planning and creative problem solving. Today, we've adapted our way of exercising to include our family in all our adventures. A good hiking backpack/baby carrier, jogging stroller and a bike trailer make our life easier and happier! We are still as active as we were before being parents.

Too many families don’t get outside because they are afraid to miss the naptime, struggle to entertain their kids, or simply because they don’t have enough info. Many are also overwhelmed by daily life and don’t find the time to workout and burn some energy (and a few calories). Being active doesn't always have to mean going to the gym for an hour, lifting heavy weight and exhausting ourselves. 

My son can be cranky and needy at home, but he is always happy, observant and active outside. We love hiking. Being surrounded by nature is stimulating and fun for Baby, and our son never seems to get tired of it. Kids adapt much more easily than we think. And if you can’t go hiking, going to a park with the stroller can be a good solution to squeeze in an effective, FAST, and fun workout. You don’t need to plan a 30-minute workout; you can break the exercises up into just a few minutes, several times a day. A little green is refreshing, plus, getting outside is a mood enhancer for everybody! 

Your website mentions creative problem-solving as parents is required to lead a fit family life. What are a few of your favorite creative solutions other families could try?

It's not easy everyday, but creativity is one of the best qualities a Mom can develop! Here's some tips to exercise with a toddler running around you: 

  • Make sure your child has enough toys to play around you. Most little ones have a special attraction to certain things. I know my son loves playing with my skateboard, so I take it out of the garage and it often entertains him for a few minutes.
  • Snacks are a must-have. A bottle of water, some pieces of pear or banana in a bowl, a few baby puffs... and I usually have time to finish my routine.
  • If you are an early bird, you can work out before your little one wakes up. You will feel energized and ready to start the day. That way, no matter how the rest of your day shapes up, you know you've done something great for yourself.
  • A stroller fast walk or run is still a great option. Not only will you get your cardio in, but your baby will love these mini adventures. If you are lucky, your little one will fall asleep and you will even get more time to fit in some exercises (or take a shower and stretch a little!).
  • Let him play and interact with you. Don't be surprised if your child comes and imitates you squatting or climbs on you while you are planking. Adjust your workout according to him, and let it be a game for the both of you (Yes, even planking can become fun!).
  • If my son is in mood, I like carrying him on my shoulders and doing a few squats and lunges. It adds a nice extra weight and he likes riding up there! You may loose count if you hear him laughing. It's okay, keep squatting, he loves it!
  • Since Curren walks and is less dependent, playgrounds are a baby/mom wonderland!If you don't mind "impressing" other Moms sitting on the bench, a playground offers a ton of opportunities for you to tighten your body! Sometimes I was a little bit embarrassed to show so much motivation, but I got used to other Moms' looks and I usually get some encouragements. Some Moms even join in. Inspire them! A few pull-ups on the monkey bars, some squats and lunges near the slide, some bench push-ups... And your 10 minute workout will fly by!

Where do you see the movement of women being fit and active while pregnant headed in 2017? How do you/your product fit into the movement?

Women are powerful. After giving birth to my 1st son I felt like a super hero. Then I realized that most women on the planet give birth! You simply don't know how powerful they are until you give birth yourself. More and more women are looking for an active pregnancy and an active life with their kids. I love receiving testimonials and questions about Motherhood and Fitness.

It’s never too late to start exercising and starting eating healthy. Our bodies have an amazing ability to recover from bad habits and change over time. When you make real and positive changes, you feel the difference inside and outside quickly. It’s rewarding and motivating.

I'm actually working on a Fit Pregnancy Guide and on a 8 week fitness challenge eBook. Thanks to our recipe eBook "The Fit Kitchen" I also hope to inspire people (not only women!) to spend more time cooking real food and eating with their family.

What’s one piece of priceless advice or assistance given to you that you wish other people received too? 

Eating well is essential, I mean eating REAL food! I know, it may sound silly, but if you look closely there aren’t that many people eating that way. Sadly, our diets can easily be polluted by highly processed foods, soda, protein powders or other synthetic supplements. Food is one of the pleasures of life and eating should be enjoyable and make us feel whole and full of energy. It should never make us feel guilty, heavy, nauseous or tired. Eating smart after a workout or a long day goes a long way toward your fitness goals. It’s a shame to negate the progress you’ve made through hard work by making poor food choices. Meals also provide a daily opportunity to build a strong family bond, gather and converse about the day; therefore it should be one of our favorite times. Our motto is “the more colorful the better”!

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