5 Fitness Tips for Busy Moms

Craving nachos? Use baked, whole grain chips, low-fat cheese and low-sodium salsa. 

How about some apple pie? Try a cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped apple concoction, topped with a bit of sweetener and bake on top of a whole-wheat tortilla. 

Do your research; the options are endless. And while you're at it, sneak some of these goodies into your kid's lunch boxes.

Preparation is Everything

Finding time to exercise and make healthy meals is an exercise in time-management. Pencil in your exercise "appointments". Prepare your healthy meals and set out your workout clothes beforehand. If you don't pre-plan, more than likely your "good intentions" will fall through the cracks.

The Right Mind-Set

Specify the reasons that prompt your desire to change. Write them down in a journal. This will push you through instances of wavering motivation or when you feel like you just plain want to quit. 

Be patient with yourself and remember fitness is a process and journey; the discipline you apply here will positively affect other aspects of your life. Don't forget to send yourself love when your mind abounds with negativity; pessimism will hinder any progress.

If you're not sure of any specific reasons to refer back to, remember that as a mother you're a prime example to your family to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Share this wisdom to young impressionable minds.

Santa Ana Women's Fitness Examiner Sara Ferrer is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a B.A. in English from Long Beach State University.

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