Before the quads were born, George and I were really into fitness. We worked with a personal trainer for kickboxing and practiced yoga several times a week. When I was pregnant with the babies, I was put on strict bed rest but even prior to that my exercising came to a screeching halt. After the babies made their debut, our priorities obviously changed drastically. We considered ourselves lucky if we clocked a few hours of sleep and took a shower. In addition, the pregnancy took a toll on my body. I had severe diastasis recti, which not only caused me pain, but also restricted my activity levels. As the babies grew older, we started being better able to care for ourselves. I found therapeutic exercises to reduce the size of my diastasis and sought chiropractic care to relieve back pain. I started streaming Yoga Merge from Amazon Prime for exercise a few days per week. Nonetheless, we were no where near our previous fitness level…until this summer!
Life Time opened near our home and although I didn’t think we could afford it, I asked for a membership quote and an amenities tour. The price tag wasn’t small, but I was S-O-L-D when I learned about the kid’s enrichment classes. For less than we paid monthly for any of the kids other extracurricular activities, the six of us could take unlimited classes and enjoy indoor and outdoor pools. Over the summer, I took the kids swimming several times a week then showered them in posh showers before heading home. It was so nice I dubbed it our “country club”. We’ve since developed a habit of going to the gym about three times per week. While I’m enjoying a yoga class or even time in the spa, the kids have been taking dance, yoga, and other classes in the Kid’s Academy. Joining the gym has made our family so much healthier!
Yoga has improved the kids’ balance/ coordination and has helped them learn how to breathe mindfully. Yoga has so many heath benefits, Cook Children’s Hospital is prescribing it!
We don’t go as often as we’d like, but the indoor pool has helped the kids maintain swimming skills in the off season. In the past, they went to lessons then developed swimming amnesia before summer returned.
One of the best perks of the gym is 2.5 hours of childcare per day. Usually I take a yoga or barre class, BUT it’s also been nice for trips to the salon/ spa (hello, facial!) and kid free time at the pool and café.
On occasion, we’ve taken family Zumba classes with the kids. I think I worked up more sweat in family Zumba than heated yoga!
Now that the new year has arrived, what healthy habits are you starting or maintaining?
P. S. Life Time did not solicit a blog post or compensate me for this writing. I just LOVE Life Time and sharing our fitness story! However, should you decide to join Life Time (there are locations throughout the United States and Canada) and mention me as a referral, I may earn gift certificates to be used at the salon/ spa (this mama always enjoys that precious time!) Life Time – Amber Shawver referral code