SIMPLIFY. SIMPLIFY. SIMPLIFY.  If there’s one crucial thing we need to learn how to do once we become parents, it’s to simplify our once overly complicated routines.  Since time is of the essence once you throw a baby in the mix, we’ve enlisted the help of workout expert, Trisha Enriquez, to show us how to get the fitness results we want – even when time and space are more limited than ever before (Thanks a lot, baby).

AIN’T NO THING BUT A KETTLEBELL SWING

By: Trisha Enriquez (a.k.a. No Tummy Mommy)

I have worked with a lot of mothers who are trying to “get their body back” and it’s made me think that maybe we should all try to to change our language on the subject of postnatal fitness. It really isn’t about getting our old bodies back; it’s about embracing our new ones (and motherhood) and setting realistic goals that are in line with both our new mom bods and our new mom-lifestyles.

I know that after having my daughter, my typical six days at the gym for one hour dwindled to three 20-minute home workouts (if that). Luckily, I discovered ways to be more efficient and effective and I made this my new norm. Even now, there are times I put on my workout gear to get a sweat on, but then end up on the couch scrolling through Instagram instead. Often exercise is the last thing I want to do after working a mundane 9-5 job, while also daydreaming of growing my small business on the side. That’s the cold, hard truth; but knowing that I can squeeze in a fast & effective workout in the same amount of time it takes to watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse often helps me get my ass in gear.

So what does a typical at-home workout look like for me? Well, pre-motherhood, I used to love lifting weights, but instead of having a shitload of dumbbells in my condo-sized living room, I invested in one kettlebell. If you don’t already have one, definitely consider it (they’re probably $15 at Winners – worth every penny!)….

This is an excerpt from the article AIN’T NO THING BUT A KETTLEBELL SWING which originally appeared on The Rebel Mama.