I’m kind of spoiled now. My kids are older (13, 7, & 5), they all go to school (junior high, elementary, and preschool), and there 2 and a half blissful hours 3 whole days a week, that I can spend completely ALONE. This means I can grocery shop ALONE, read a book ALONE , try on bras or swimsuits ALONE, you get the idea. I can also exercise alone. This is huge! But, I will tell you that it has been a long time coming. I remember getting up before the crack of dawn to do a workout in my living room before the kids woke up. Trying to be quiet, because as soon as they were awake, it was all over. Or trying to sneak it in when the kids were napping, when I really wanted to use that nap time to clean up the mess they’d made so far that day, have a cup of tea and read a book, or even take a nap myself. I remember looking at hour+ long routines and thinking, NO WAY. I do not have that much time! Honestly, when my kids were little, for the most part, I didn’t get any exercise at all. It’s really hard for moms of little kids to get a good, consistent workout in. Sure, a lot of gyms have childcare, but you have to be able to afford the gym membership, plus the cost of childcare. And then there’s the whole aspect of loading up your kids and getting them there. And if they don’t want to go, it can be challenging to just get out the door. Or maybe you’re like me, and you depend on that kid-free time when they’re at school, to get your workout in. But come summer, you’re out of luck again. It’s easy to get out of the habit, when you don’t have your normal routine going on.
But exercise is important! SO important! Especially for moms. We need to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of everyone else! We all know that exercise is good for us in the long run, as far as improved health, lower risk of several diseases, weight loss, strength, etc. But exercise is important for right now, too! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a total endorphin junkie. I love the feeling I have when I’ve finished a good workout. My body feels good, my mind is clear, and I feel good about myself. I’m someone who spends a LOT of time in my head. In other words, I think too much. I over think and overanalyze everything. I get paranoid. Sometimes it can even be paralyzing, especially if what I’m obsessing over is a decision to be made. The only time my brain can shut down is when my body is too busy moving to let it think! Also, even though working out makes you tired, regular exercise actually boosts your energy level. Energy. You know, that stuff that your kids seem to have so much of, that you are convinced they are siphoning it directly out of you. I don’t know any moms who would complain that they just have too much energy. We could all use a boost.
I was sent a copy of a workout DVD called Sweat Unlimited to try out. There are 5 different workouts on it that focus on cardio, strength training, and flexibility. They are ALL under an hour. The longest, “Sweat Box” is 45 minutes, and the shortest, “Sweat Extreme” or “Sweat Stretch” are only 5 minutes long. There is also a 15 minute workout, “Sweat Strength”, and a 30 minute workout, “Sweat Cardio”. All of the workouts were created by Sara Haley with busy moms in mind. None of the workouts require any special equipment, so you don’t have to go out and buy anything, and you can do them at home, or if you’re traveling. You can combine any of the workouts, depending on how much time you have, or what you feel like working on. Or, if you’ve only got 5 minutes, there’s a workout to fit in that time slot, too! Inside the DVD case is a schedule showing you 3 different options for a week’s worth of workouts.
After trying the DVD, I will say that they all provide a good workout. I definitely had to work hard and got sweaty. My favorite was the “Sweat Strength”. I appreciated the muscle work for all parts of my body. I was surprised at how much toning work you can actually do without any weights or bands or machines. I was totally sore the next day, and I work out a lot! Anytime a workout makes me sore, I consider it a success. The “Sweat Stretch” was also awesome, but I like to stretch, so I wanted it to be longer. The only workout I didn’t care much for was the “Sweat Cardio”, but it’s not because it wasn’t a good workout. A lot of the moves are inspired by the dance club, and it just wasn’t really my style. It’s nice to know there’s the super quick “Sweat Extreme” workout, too, for when you’ve only got a few minutes and want something very efficient.
About Sara Haley:
Sara Haley, creator of The Daily Sweat(r) workouts, is an international fitness expert dedicated to developing quick, effective and fun workouts for anyone who is short on time and needs real results! From the busy working professional to the multi-tasking stay-home mom to the social college student, Sara’s Sweat UNLIMITED workouts get the job done, no matter how much time you have in the day.
Certified trainer and instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), as well as a member of the American Pregnancy Association (APA) Sara is armed with over twenty years of fitness and dance experience and education. Sara specializes in interval training, dance methodology, prenatal, functional fitness, and barefoot training. She has been a Reebok Global Master Trainer since 2008, and is quickly becoming the "go-to trainer" for pre & postnatal fitness, as her Daily Sweat(r) pregnancy program: EXPECTING MORE(r) is a top seller on Amazon.
Sara’s newest venture was becoming a mom to son Landon in March 2011, which ultimately led her to the creation of Expecting More(r). The Daily Sweat(r)’s latest DVD release is Sweat UNLIMITED, which is based on the training Sara did to lose her thirty pounds of baby weight, so she promises the workouts produce results!
Additionally, some of Sara’s career highlights include teaching for the prestigious Equinox health clubs, consulting for numerous international publications, training celebrities (such as Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Bette Midler, and Brooklyn Decker), and choreographing and starring in over ten fitness DVDs. Sara has been featured in Fitness, Oxygen, American Baby, FitBie.com, SheKnows.com, Natural Health, Self, MensFitness.com and many others. www.SaraHaley.com
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.