Resources, tips, and discussions about working out, eating right, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being active with your family.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Feb 10

Hiking with Toddlers

Taking my almost 4yr old twins on an outdoorsy trip with my family. Planning a few family friendly easy hikes while we are there. Any advice on taking kids this age hiking? I’m sure they will make a good portion of it walking themselves ... though I foresee a lot of time spent carrying them. They are probably too big for those hiking carrier backpacks right??

  • B
    Feb 12

    Snacks. Bring lots of snacks. I’d plan on them walking the whole time and just taking breaks when they need it. Scavenger hunts, talking about what they see as they walk, family songs, etc. and snacks. My sister also uses mms or tic tacs as “power boosts” when things are really dragging

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 12

    If you live near an REI you can rent a hiking backpack, at that age buying a good one doesn’t make much sense. But snacks and water breaks should also help you get them to the end with minimal carrying. At that age you can also do a scavenger hunt to keep them occupied while they hike too, it’ll keep their minds off the walking part😃. My mom used to take us on lots of hikes and she’d help us co... More

Anonymous posted in Fitness Oct 18, 2019

FT working mom -time for gym

I am a FT working mom of a 14month old. I get to spend a total of 90minutes with my daughter on the weekdays. plus I work every other Saturdays. I just can’t get myself to go to the gym because I cannot figure out a good time to go. My husband thinks I am just being lazy. I just wanna hear from other moms... am I just making lame excuses for myself?

  • Sarah
    Oct 19, 2019

    I go once a week in the morning before work (so I miss about 20 minutes of time with my son) and once a week in the evening - sometimes I see my son for about 30 minutes and sometimes I don’t see him at all that evening. Saturday mornings we do a mommy & me workout class together so best of both worlds. It’s a lot less gym time than I used to get before being a mom but it’s a balance I’m ha... More

  • Stacey
    Oct 21, 2019

    I have a small gym in my basement with treadmill, weights and resistance bands. I try to get down there after baby is in bed but I am so exhausted I don't always make it but knowing I only have to go downstairs helps.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Oct 14, 2019

Are there any diets or fitness tips to help you get pregnant?

And how do I stay positive and calm while trying to conceive?

Has anyone had postpartum knee pain?

Has anyone else experienced postpartum knee pain or notice it gradually with baby wearing? My 5 week old is about 12 pounds and I wear him kangaroo style in a Moby wrap about 4-6 hours of the day. I also have been strength training for the past two weeks, with appropriate rest days, and cardio via incline walking and elliptical use everyday. (No running). Any thoughts before I make a trip to ... More

  • Sara
    May 28, 2019

    Yes! Postpartum is so brutal on your body! I did a lot of damage to my knees and feet in the first months after having my son by not being careful about my posture and form throughout the day. Bouncing and carrying them around are very physical activities (especially while relaxin is still in your body), but I didn’t treat them as such. Be sure you’re wearing supportive shoes and watching your ... More

  • Elle
    Jul 07, 2019

    Try building up muscles in your quad. Will help stabilize the knee. My pbysical therapist also has a vendetta against the ellyptical for how many ppl come to him for knee pain after swearing by the ellyptical.

Beware of the Britax BOB jogging stroller

Crazy read about how this stroller should have been recalled long ago after the front wheel kept falling off. I actually have this stroller but never got around to using it. Now I feel lucky I was lazy! More

  • Elle
    Apr 03, 2019

    Only pertains to models made up until 2015. A search of government databases conducted by CR did not find any reported incidents or injuries related to wheels detaching on the models post-2015 redesign.

  • emily groendyke
    Apr 04, 2019

    I have a BOB and I recommended this stroller to a friend the day before I saw this article. I can’t in good conscious continue to do so. The fact that the company fought the potential recall is so disturbing; I vote with my dollars and I can’t endorse this kind of corporate behavior.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Mar 19, 2019

Postpartum exercise videos online?

Any know of good ones? I have diastasis recti and can’t motivate myself to go to physical therapy, so want to do some videos at home. Ideal if they’re quick! Busy mama of two :p

  • Aida
    Mar 20, 2019

    Check out She has a great program to address this and get you started back to exercising.

  • Jessie
    Mar 20, 2019

    I’d suggest speaking with a professional first; however, I’ve enjoyed They’re online and there’s one called, “Pre & Post Natal Fitness” Good luck!

Baby body blues, ie spring fever

18 months pp and it seems like trying to get myself healthy and work on fitness is becoming even more difficult. What are your favorite tips for making healthiness a priority when your hands are full 24/7 and what are the easiest things I can do to make it happen?

  • Elle
    Mar 17, 2019

    @ Lulu, apologies, I thought the post was hinting at ppd. All the best!

  • Kieli
    Mar 17, 2019

    I wanted to lose weight when I stopped breastfeeding. I started the keto diet, low carb and low sugar. I started out the first week or two exercising almost everyday. I cheated some too, every Saturday I would cheat all I wanted not just one meal. And even during the week sometimes. I ended up losing 11 pounds the month I dieted. Then I found out I was pregnant again so I stopped dieting. Keto ... More

Anonymous posted in Fitness Mar 09, 2019

Working out pregnant

I’ve gotten really into weight lifting over the last month or so and this summer we plan to try for our second baby (excited!!!!). Obviously I’ll talk to my doc beforehand, but has anyone weight lifted through pregnancy? How did it go? Is it possible to still make improvements even while pregnant (ie, leg definition, shoulder definition)?

  • Sara
    Mar 10, 2019

    Generally the rule of thumb is if your body is conditioned to handle the exercise before pregnancy it’s usually fine to continue during pregnancy (assuming a normal risk pregnancy) with some modifications. But definitely talk to your doc.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Mar 10, 2019

    Yes it is. I’ve lifted through my last pregnancy and am doing it during this one. What you need to watch is how the hormones affect your joints. Mine loosen a lot (fourth pregnancy) which means I need to be careful when I push hard. I’ve hurt my elbow and knee (nothing crazy, but enough to take a few days off working out). Also, remember that your body may hold onto calories no matter what you ... More

Anonymous posted in Fitness Feb 15, 2019

Walk through pain?

This might be a stupid question but my due date is tomorrow with my second child. I’ve been dealing with pelvic pain this entire pregnancy but it’s obvi gotten worse as I’ve gotten bigger. My question is, I’ve been trying to walk and after doing so I am in soo much pain. Dr told me to keep walking but I didn’t really explain the severity when I was there last. Opinions? Push through or cool it?... More

  • Kieli
    Feb 18, 2019

    I wouldn’t push myself if I were you. If you want some advice from the dr on how to push things along I would call the dr office and ask how else to do so

  • Cryzana
    Mar 21, 2019

    The doctor only said that to keep you mobile and to help distract you from the pain. Walk/Move with what's comfortable for you.

Any single parents out there going through the dilemma ??

I separated from my (soon to be ex) husband just over a year ago, and I find im still struggling to adjust to the change. While it has nothing to do with him, I find im having a hard time getting things done. For instance, I want to start exercising, going out, do activities with the kids, but I find it much too hard. My job schedule is really inconvenient, and it usually conflicts with anythin... More

  • Traci
    Feb 01, 2019

    I feel the exact same way. Thanks for the suggestions

  • Alan
    Feb 18, 2019

    Is there daddy groups ?

Anonymous posted in Fitness Jan 20, 2019

It’s hard to exercise with a 17 month old and being extremely sick while pregnant. Any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20, 2019

    Thank you! We’re all recovering from being really sick last week and a hospital visit for the little one so we’re all trying to regroup I think that threw me off! But I feel your pain. I threw up for 10 min this morning it sucks! I’ll download that app and try it! Thank you !

  • Kieli
    Jan 21, 2019

    I’ve found prenatal yoga to be so relaxing and rewarding this time around! It’s not overbearing, but it makes me feel good after a session. And I definitely agree, don’t be too hard on yourself for the days you want to just relax

Anonymous posted in Fitness Dec 20, 2018

New Year weight loss

My baby will be 6 months in January and I’ve been promising myself I’ll make a conscious effort to lose the weight then. I don’t do well left to my own devices, just watching what I eat and exercising. Anyone have a diet/program they like? I’ve had success with weight watchers previously and have heard great things about intermittent fasting. Bonus points if there is an Apple Watch app!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 27, 2018

    My husband and I did a diet together. Chicken and veggies for like 4-6 months he had more weight to loose than I did so he went a few months longer. In went from 165 to 129 and he went from 260-190. Also Walked/ran 3-5 miles a day and stopped drinking pop. Unfortunately we both did gain some weight back so now I’m about to be back at it. Eating out ruined it so that will definitely have to go a... More

  • Danielle
    Dec 27, 2018

    My daughter is now turning 3 I have not been able to get back to normal both mentally and physically this can’t possibly be post pardon 😩

Finding your fitness niche

I’m a serial dater when it comes to fitness classes. I will love body pump and do it 3X a week until I’m bored. Then I move onto ballet barre, Zumba, water aerobics (you get the hint) I’m looking for the next fun and unique way to stay fit. Anyone have something you do that you wouldn’t mind sharing? Can’t wait to hear your ideas!

  • Tori
    Dec 14, 2018

    Fit4Mom! Love the exercise as well as the kids and Mamas we get to hang out with. They also do book clubs, moms night out, and play groups.

  • Lindsay
    Dec 14, 2018

    These are AWESOME! Thank you for a great start I am going to look into this stuff. I tried spin once and didn’t like it but I bet it was the instructor. I’ll give that another shot! Loved orange theory but didn’t have one close, one is opening down the street so that’ll be a great option soon! I do have Beachbody! That’s amazing I like adding random fun stuff to keep it fun and different. ... More

Does any one else have a lot of excess skin?

So I’m 7 months post and still have a lot of excess skin like to the point it looks like I could have just had her. I work out eat right and do ab tightening exercises but nothing works. My abs still feel separated and even though I’m losing fat the skin is refusing to go back to normal. Any one else have this issue and if so did you get a tummy tuck? I also have chronic back pain and have read... More

  • Cristina
    Dec 25, 2018

    Diastasis recti is when the abdominals separate during pregnancy and don’t go back together all the way. Traditional ab workouts only make it worse (like crunches). Google the term for proper workouts for it. My doctor said you can also go to physical therapy for it. It can also cause back pain. My back pain is also caused by holding my son. You don’t realize all the ways you hold them puts yo... More

  • Elle
    Dec 25, 2018

    This ☝

Husband doesn’t want to eat healthy

It’s so easy for me to cave in when there’s bad food in the house and my husband just doesn’t want the change (he doesn’t gain easily like I do). I want to clean eat & meal prep but he wants frozen food and carbs galore. Can anyone relate? How do you deal with this?

  • Lindsay
    Dec 06, 2018

    I like Emily’s response, can you have different shelves? Or even better, separate cabinets? Or ask him to keep junk in his office. Don’t bring it home.

  • Stephanie
    Dec 09, 2018

    Well, you could always incorporate one healthy meal each day. Just slowly decrease high fats and sugars from your diet. I also think that serving smaller portions can help you lose weight and feel better.

Anonymous posted in Fitness Dec 05, 2018


Any ideas that could help me out this slump I’m in? My husband has this company Christmas party that we are invited to and I was trying on all the clothes I had and NOTHING FIT. All I could do was cry because I never had this problem before I was pregnant. I know it sounds dumb but it’s been three months now shouldn’t my body be going back to normal? I work out and eat healthy now and still not... More

  • Val
    Dec 07, 2018

    Your body did something amazing, growing a baby! Weight gain is normal and it can take over a year to lose the weight. And even if we do lose the weight, like others have said, our body shapes have changed. It’s an adjustment but I urge you to celebrate the changes. Treat yourself to a new outfit that fits you perfectly the way that you are now. I went through the same thing, except it was nine... More

  • Marlen
    Dec 08, 2018

    Someone mentioned pumping. How can i forget! Breastfeeding really takes a lot. It is surprising how tired i would get after feeding.

What is the best way you have found to lose the baby weight? I’m a new mom and went from 160 to 205.

  • Christa
    Dec 04, 2018

    I found that drinking a lot of water, and doing yoga is really helpful. But also eating healthy, not like diet, but I guess I didn’t really change that much post baby. It just kinda fell off without much work!! A lot of my weight was just from baby, it takes 9 months to put it on and up to a year to make it go away, so don’t get frustrated!!! I just posted a couple articles, that you might cons... More

  • Kieli
    Dec 04, 2018

    I found the only thing that worked for me was the keto diet. I am horrible at dieting and exercise, and with the keto I saw results FAST. I lost 11 pounds in the first month with little exercise and eating little sugars and carbs (except for my cheat days)

Body change

I went from 165 before pregnancy to 230 while pregnant ...I gained so much weight with my twins and I can’t lose it. I’ve tried dieting and I can’t really exercise because I have no one to watch my girls. The gyms that offer child care are out of my budget. I want to do at home workouts but my daughters are alway at my side ... I can’t remember showering or using the bathroom without one of t... More

  • Elle
    Dec 09, 2018

    Squata with babies as weights Lunges with babies as weights Situps with babies as weights Pushups, planks, and moubtain climbers, come down to kiss babies Arm curls with babies as weights Etc

  • Maritta
    Jan 16, 2019

    For me I’m into fitness have always been I’m a health freak, however with my son I gained almost 45lbs I was disgusted with myself and it took me 2 yrs to get my body into semi normal again my son is now 5yrs old and I just now reached my goal! I have learned to take it easy, use a more holistic, realistic goal start small for instance increase your water intake by 2 extra glasses do this for ... More

Protein Bars and Breastfeeding

Hi, ladies! I'm curious if protein bars alone for a meal supply enough nutrition for breastfeeding. My hubs and I are on Weight Watchers, and sometimes for lunch (not everyday) I'd like to have a protein bar with say some fruit and veggies. Its alot quicker for me since lunch generally falls during my 6mo's nap, and ya never know when a baby will wake up! I know I could meal prep,... More

  • Jessica
    Nov 13, 2018

    As long as you don’t physically feel hungry and your fairly balanced with your diet your body should be able to produce just fine 👌

  • Jessica
    Nov 13, 2018

    You can always supplement with fenugreek or brewers yeast to help keep your supply up if your calories are consistently too low.

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