Healthy Living: How to Fit in Fitness With Meredith Schneider! by Donna John
Moms are busy. But do you use that as an excuse to not exercise, or to not eat healthy? 30Second Mom contributor and healthy lifestyle coach Meredith Schneider, mom of four, was on hand recently to share her tips for fitting in fitness throughout your busy life!
Q: How does a busy mom of four find the time to exercise?
First off, I don’t find the time. I make the time! We have more time than we think. How do you make time? Open your calendar and schedule your workouts. Make it non-negotiable. Share your schedule and your health and fitness goals with your family.
Q: What creative ways have successfully fit fitness into your busy lifestyle?
I have my kids join me. Double bonus! I’m working out and they are burning off energy. Take your workout outside. Give the kids chalk and tell them to have a drawing contest. Take your kids and workout to the park! Run, do pull-ups, push-ups with your feet on the swing. Rainy day workout – making workout stations in the house gets everyone involved and cures boredom.
Q: How do you motivate yourself to exercise on days that you just don’t want to?
Looking at my before picture and seeing how far I have come motivates me to get moving. I remember how awful it was to hit rock bottom and don’t want to experience or have my kids see me at my worst again. I remind myself how amazing I feel afterwards. Proud and full of energy. Others looking to me for inspiration and motivation helps me stay accountable. Sharing it can be done is powerful.
Q: What about healthy eating? How do you avoid junk and fuel up on the go?
The first step to avoiding junk food? I don’t buy any! I stock up my fridge full of healthy goodness! Lots of veggies and fruit. I eat before leaving the house. Or I arm myself with a piece of fruit, sliced veggies or almonds in my purse.
Q: Give us your top easy, but healthy, go-to meals and snacks!
- Double healthy meal: roasted chicken, then use leftovers for soup.
- Homemade hummus with sliced veggies makes a great healthy snack.
- Old school popping our own popcorn is a great healthy snack with no chemicals.
- Easy weekend breakfast is homemade pancakes. Make a double batch to have during the week to throw in the toaster.
- Any kind of fruit is the best fast food! Always have in your kitchen bananas, apples, strawberries and oranges.
- Healthy dinner: broiled salmon with Greek yogurt topping.
Q: How do I begin my health and fitness journey with you?
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