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Does this sound like a typical scenario? You’re up at 6am to hopefully have time to make yourself look somewhat decent, so you throw your hair in a pony tail or hat, find some clothes that don’t consist of spit up stains and then swallow a little nourishment before those kiddos start to stir.

Next thing you know it’s 11pm, you’re exhausted thinking where the day went and wonder if you will ever find time for yourself. Frustrated that those last few pounds of baby weight are still sticking around, you doubt the time to exercise is ever in your future. Being the mother of young twin boys I have been there and done that, so I’m here to help. Here are some Fit Diva tips to get you back to sanity.

If you’re a stay at home mom, my first tip is put on those workout clothes first thing in the morning. Yes, it’s ok to car pool in lycra. This way you’re ready to go at a moments notice. If you’re a working mom then make sure you have those clothes laid out and ready to put on, so when you get home they are the first thing you see and a reminder to get your buns in gear. If you don’t have a baby jogger then I encourage you to get one. Both Fit Diva Jill and I have the Bob Ironman double jogger and we love it, but there are other versions that your local running or biking store may have. The jogger can seriously be your first step to sanity. Put those kiddos in there and take off on a great walk or run. Take in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery. If the kids start fussing you can always bring snacks, bottles, blankets, toys, etc. to keep them occupied and entertained. I even sing. Scary, but true! It’s ok to be a little selfish. It’s 30-40 minutes of their lives and they can wait on you for once.

If you’re a morning person, then get up at the crack of dawn before the family and enjoy the silent streets and quiet time for you. This is my favorite time because it’s just me and the road. Also, I get my workout in because I’ve been known to be a slacker in the afternoon. A membership to a gym that has a daycare of your approval is also an option. This way you get out and about and are around people taller then two feet.

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