Guest Post from The Workout Mama January 07, 2013 10:29

Hi all, my name is Tamara Buschel and I am a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. You can read more about me and family on my personal blog, www.theworkoutmama.com. I am super excited to be blogging on the topic of mommy fitness for Ash and Alys Babes! 

 

 

Here I am at 29 weeks pregnant. I was getting ready to race at a Splash and Dash and came in 3rd in my age group.

 

 

This is my most recent post baby tummy shots at 6 months postpartum.

 

 

My Baby!

My little guy, Caden, is 7 months old and before he was born I had the luxury to exercise whenever I wanted. I could wake up early to swim laps, go for a run in the afternoon, or take a yoga class at night. My husband is a firefighter and he works 24-hour shifts, sometimes longer if he works overtime, which doesn't always allow me to get my workouts in like before Caden was born. I have had to get a little creative with how and when I workout. One of my favorite quotes says "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail". I am sharing a few ideas that will hopefully inspire you to plan your next workout. 

If you can afford to join a gym pick one that has childcare. Our gym, Life Time Fitness, has an amazing childcare program. Even with awesome childcare, dropping off your child may not always go as smoothly as you would hope (I write this from first hand experience). Caden has screamed his little head off pretty much every time we have taken him to the gym. Does this stop me from taking him? No, because I know that it is healthy for me to take 45-60 minutes out of day to sweat. I am maintaining my health, increasing strength, relieving tension, and at the end of the day that makes me a better mommy.

I love yoga, but what I really love is yoga at home! I am all for workout dvd's but sometimes they can become a tad bit boring. When I can't make it to the yoga studio to take class I login to my $18 a month www.yogaglo.com account. Instantly at my fingertips there are hundreds of classes available for me to stream from my computer. I can pick the length, style, and/or instructor and take my class while Caden is napping. Well worth the $18 a month. 

Caden loves to exercise with me and at least twice a week I will strap him into the baby jogger, we have a bob, and run. Shop around for a jogger if you don’t already own one. Second hand baby stores, craigslist, and garage sales are great places to possibly find an amazing deal. We bought ours for half the price of a brand new stroller and it is in excellent condition. 

Make 2013 your healthiest year ever! I would love to hear what you do to stay healthy. Leave a comment below. Let me know if there is a fitness/health related topic you would like me to blog about. Happy New Year!

Tamara Buschel lives in Chandler, AZ with her husband and baby boy. She is a yoga instructor and certified personal trainer. When she is not spending time with her husband, cuddling with the baby, or balancing on her hands, she is writing her next blog post for www.theworkoutmama.com.