How to Balance It All

How to Balance it All

Fit pregnant mom, Anna, with her daughter, Lilly.

Do you have trouble “balancing it all?” Read this featured fit mom blog written by Anna and learn how to balance it all.

Hi, my name is Anna and I blog over at Piper’s Run. Piper’s Run is a blog about being a mom to a toddler, a wife to a vegan, a committed runner, a full-time worker, having a second baby, and trying to balance it all.Trying to “balance it all” is quite the challenging task for any person. For me, it’s extremely important to be fit and healthy for me and my family. Here are some tips that I use to try to balance it all:

1. Set weekly goals.

Plan your workouts in advance. What days you will workout at the gym, go for a run outside, or do an at home exercise DVD during your child’s nap time?

2. Take advantage of your lunch break at work.

10 – 30 minute walks can get you energized for the rest of the day. If you walk for 10 minutes three times a day, you will receive numerous health benefits. 10 minutes during your morning break, 10-30 at lunch and 10 minutes to walk to your car at the end of the day. It all adds up.

3. Be active with your family and friends.

It’s great to be a role model and teach your kids to prioritize exercise. And it’s a fun social time for everyone.

4. Be realistic.

At 22 weeks pregnant, I can no longer run without pain, therefore I modify my runs to a fast pace walk. On days when you have a planned workout and it doesn’t happen – it’s okay. Readjust your workout goals for the week, and accept that other life moments happen.

5. Don’t feel guilty (easier said than done).

Prioritizing time to workout can make you feel guilty that you’re not being a good mom, wife, or employer. Guilt can be a pretty negative emotion that we should do our best to overcome. Prioritizing time to workout is essential to being a happy, healthy mom. And being healthy helps me to balance it all. For me, working out provides some time to myself, and keeps me healthy so I can enjoy a longer life with my family.

There are countless opportunities to be active during your day. You can park your car further from the entrance to the grocery store, walk or bike instead of driving to a meeting if the distance permits, teach your toddler how to throw a ball and chase after it, include your children in your workouts or start a new family tradition of walking on a trail each evening after dinner.

I hope you can find the time to prioritize your health and “balance it all.”

You can read more at my blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

9 thoughts on “How to Balance It All

  1. Tara Burner says:

    good tips for the person who has a normal out of house job, etc…I work from home so no ‘lunch break’….and I dont set goals..which is ironic…I have a list of everything that I want to get done DAILY and do what it takes to get it all done and have time to workout, enjoy my daughter, etc… which sometimes means taking hours “off” during the day and working late nights but that’s my “balance”…. balance is different for everyone 🙂

    • Amanda Tress says:

      Hi Tara! Thanks for reading. Yes, you’re right — these can be easier said than done with a work-from-home job. I work from home in web marketing full-time too (I think we do similar things for our career??). I usually have to physically leave the house during my lunch break so I stop working (my hours for web marketing are usually 8-5 on my company messenger, so I can leave for an hour lunch). Yes, balance is different for everyone for sure! I like your idea about a daily to do list. I need to be better about those!

  2. Yoli says:

    Great tips! It’s not easy, but there are ways as you’ve written about that make it easier to “balance it all.”

  3. stridingmom says:

    I’m definitely like Tara – work from home so “lunchbreaks” are out. I’m more of a make a list and hope you get through it during the day type of person! Also, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award so check it out.

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