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Exercise Realities


BY SARA HALEY WHEN YOU’RE A MOM


I remember a time when I could decide when I wanted to work out, how often I wanted to work out, and how long I wanted to work out. If I’d had any idea how drastically that would change once I had a child, I probably would have savored it a bit more. In hindsight, I clearly had absolutely no idea. I’m a fi tness expert. I’ve consulted for fi tness companies including Reebok, Gaiam, and UltraSlide. I’ve taught thousands of fi tness classes around the world, trained celebrities, starred in more than a dozen fi tness DVDs, and even created my own fi tness brand, T e Daily Sweat®.


So you would think with all of that, I’d have been prepared for how to continue my work outs as mom. To be honest, I couldn’t have been less prepared.


FINDING THE DESIRE


After having my son in 2011, I was not only unprepared for the lack of time to work out but moreover, I was not also expecting the lack of desire. T is creature I created was so much cooler and more important than any work out, so trying to carve out some “me time” to go get my sweat on at times no longer felt important. It still feels that way. To get motivated, I had to take a step back and look at the big picture. Staying fi t and taking the time to exercise isn’t selfi sh; it’s actually a necessity: To be strong for my child—literally; he’s 30 pounds now!


To feel happy about fi tting in my clothes and looking good


For an emotional outlet on the days I need to blow off some steam For overall health


To live a long healthy life REWORKING WORKING OUT


Here is the truth: If you work hard enough, you don’t need an hour! We’ve had it engrained in our heads that we need an hour because most training


sessions and group exercise classes are an hour. When I started working out again after birthing


my son, I would head to the gym and pretty much have no idea how much time I would have to work out. T at’s when I created my second Daily Sweat® exercise DVD, Sweat UNLIMITED, based on my new work-out method: segments that are 5, 15, 30 or 45 minutes, depending on how much time I have in the day. With that kind of strategy I can be assured that at least 5 minutes is better than no minutes at all.


SARA HALEY is a fitness expert and contributor to Healthy Mom&Baby.


Find 7 of Sara’s new Daily Sweat® strategies on pages 22-23 in this issue.


ISSUE 12 / Fall 2013 Healthy Mom&Baby 13


After giving birth to her son Landon,


Sara lacked the time and desire to work out—but discovered


that even 5 minutes of exercise is better than none at all!


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