7 Exercise Tips For Beginners

Recently, we have been approached by a few people who have expressed an interest in getting back into exercising, but are scared to make the plunge.  We feel you, girl. We have all been there, and now we are here to say “We’ve got your back!” While there are countless tips on how to get back into your groove, we narrowed it down to our favorite 7 exercise tips for beginners. 

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Going With My Mommy Instincts

I *knock on wood* have never had a broken bone. My son is 22 months and he just got his first cast. The mommy guilt is in full force, especially when we’re in public. The looks and comments are inevitable. It makes an unforgettable story for later in life. What I do care about is going with my mommy instincts.

Let’s start from the beginning. 

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Tabata On The Dock Of The Bay… We Mean, Lake!

Have you ever heard the saying, “You gotta tabata!”?  Every time we hear “tabata” that phrase comes to mind, and that is exactly what we did with our gear from Tabata Bootcamp.  When we received our package from them, we were so amazed and grateful for all of the cool stuff they sent us. T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, bags, hats, balls, resistance bands, sliders, ropeless jump ropes… you name it! WOW! 

We decided that since we got all of these amazing items, it only made sense that we try them out. We picked a great location and got to it! Who doesn’t love working out with a gorgeous lake in the background?

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Mommy & Me Yoga – The Perfect Afternoon

My daughter thinks that every exercise class I go to is yoga (except when I go to barre and she says, “Mommy, is going to the bar!”  Classic.). She got her very first yoga mat this year, and we are constantly practicing our poses – she has mastered her downward dog

On Saturday morning, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and stumbled upon a post from YogaFit Horsham.  “Family Yoga.”  This caught my attention.  Since my daughter is only 2.5 years old, I normally can’t find anything like this for her to do. This particular class was for 2-5 year olds, so we were golden. When my daughter woke up, I told her she finally gets to go to yoga with mommy. Her eyes lit up, and she got the biggest smile on her face. She grabbed her yoga mat and ran to the door.  I had to explain to her that we still had 4 hours to kill before yoga, but she didn’t care… she was ready! 

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Tomorrow Is A Trap. Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop When You’re Done.

Have you ever been in the middle of exercising and thought to yourself, “I’m so tired, I am going to stop”?  Yup. Been there. Did you stop? We all have, and we are here to tell you that the key to successful exercising is consistency and commitment. You don’t get anywhere by quitting your workout every time you are tired. Hell, would moms ever work out? This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is “Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop When You’re Done.” 

Our success stories stem from setting a goal and sticking to it. If we plan to run 2 miles, we run 2 miles. If we agree to an hour barre class, we work our little butts off for the entire hour. This isn’t to say our way is fool-proof, but it is our way to stay motivated. 

One last piece of advice for you.  Tomorrow’s a trap. There is no way you will catch up tomorrow. Stop procrastinating, set a workout goal, and achieve it. 

Need To Do A Little Toning Of Your Body? Try DanceFit’s Tone Zone Class!

Name: Dancefit

Location: Chestnut Hill, PA

Instructor: Jennifer – She was great and so thorough in her demonstration. She also did the class right along with the class, so we always had someone to look at if we needed. 

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Are You A Morning Person Or A Night Person When It Comes To Exercising?

In a previous post, I told you all that I had a goal to try and work out in the morning. Thankfully, I’ve been able to do so and here are my thoughts.

Working out in the morning, specifically at 5:30 am, is hard if you’re not a morning person like me! Since becoming a parent, I’ve become a morning person… not by choice. For example, last Monday I naturally woke up at 5:00 am. I decided to start the day with Danielle Bridge Bridge The Gap Workouts, LLC by taking her bootcamp class. Nothing like Danielle wanting a “Yeah!” at the crack of dawn, but she’s one motivating lady! Here’s what happens after I take her morning classes:

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Thank YOU! We Couldn’t Have Done It Without YOU!

Today marks the one year anniversary of starting our blog – Work It Like A Mother. To say that we are proud, is an understatement. We never thought we would find and feel so much joy, encouragement, and accomplished from it.  Our community of moms and women are amazing, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support. 

Over the past year, we have tried over 30 NEW fitness studios/gyms and have taken over 50 NEW classes, as working moms.  That’s pretty incredible, right? Don’t get us wrong… it wasn’t easy, but we made a commitment and we made it happen. If you would have asked us a year ago if this was possible, we would have said you were crazy! This is what motivation and encouragement does for us.  We take it one day at a time, and we have seen success.  Are you ready to join us yet?

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Listen To Your Body When Exercising. What Is It Saying?

This week’s Friday Fitness Tip is to “Listen To Your Body.” 

Whether you are an avid exerciser, or a beginner, it is always important to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Stop what you are doing, and re-evaluate. If you are in a group fitness class, call over the instructor/coach and ask for help. If you are working out alone, stop and do some more research. Exercise-related injuries can be very serious. A simple pulled muscle can take you out of the game for weeks! 

It is also super important to stretch before and after exercising.  Let us tell you first hand that getting older does not make this easier. The older you get, the older your muscles get.  They need more TLC that when you were in your 20s. Sad but true.