8 Fit Moms Reveal the Habits That Keep Them in Awesome Shape (PHOTOS)

Michele Zipp | Dec 30, 2014 Healthy Living

With our busy schedules and far too many temptations (chocolate! cookies!), it can be a challenge for any mom to stay fit. The demands of parenthood can leave very little time for ourselves. Sometimes, we need inspiration -- and we found moms who will inspire you to get moving, be active, and get fit!

From yoga to weight training, these eight incredible women shared the healthy habits they swear by -- and that you can work into your own daily routine.

Which of these habits do you already have? Which would you like to adopt?


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  • Jamie Walker Stauss


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    Jamie, a 42-year-old mom of two and dentist from upstate New York, says her secret to staying in shape is CrossFit.

    "I never lifted a weight in a gym in my life," she says. "And I was afraid to get bulky. Women especially start losing bone density and muscle mass as we get older unless some kind of weight lifting or resistance training is done. I noticed a big difference in my body after kids and hitting my 30s. So I broke down and started CrossFit."

    She admits that CrossFit isn't necessarily for everyone, but it's what works for her. "I get maximum results for the limited time I have," Jamie confesses. "I am only able to go about twice a week, if I'm lucky -- it's a challenge to fit in with kids and a full time work schedule. I've found that just adding these two hours a week, I feel better, stronger, and healthier than I have in years. I also horseback ride, swim, and try to be outdoors with my girls as much as possible."

    As for her diet, she avoids processed foods and "tries to eat organic as much as possible." "The key word is try," she admits. "But being busy and having a sweet tooth makes it hard sometimes. I eat several small meals with a lot of snacks, like nuts. If I'm working out a lot, I try to keep a higher protein diet. I'm not strict with my diet; I just try to be conscious of it."

  • Amy Moreau Bender


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    Amy had her baby girl last year when she was 41. She put on over 50 pounds, but this California mom lost it after 9 months. How did she do it?

    "I contribute my weight loss to circuit training, portion control, and not eating after 6 p.m.," she says. "I was able to lose all the baby weight and then some. I don't subscribe to society's eating times like 'lunchtime' or 'dinnertime.' If I'm hungry, I eat."

  • Clare Franz


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    As a mom of a 12- and a 9-year-old who is also pregnant now with baby number three, 37-year-old Clare from Missouri does a little bit of everything to stay in shape.

    "I drink lots of water and I actually crave the healthy foods," she says. "I eat lots of veggies, plain yogurt with granola, and unsweetened fruit. I use supplements as part of my routine. I like to walk, occasionally do Zumba, yoga, and also do kickboxing."

  • Rebecca Wong


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    New York mom Rebecca, 39, is another CrossFitter and has been at it for three years. "My husband and I both pursued certifications in CrossFit and Olympic lifting and we set up a home gym," she says. "We still go to our fave CrossFit box about three days a week for the coaching and community push, and we add in 1-2 days of auxiliary lifts at home."

    Beyond that, Rebecca recommends sleep, water, and limiting processed foods. "When any of those are off balance, my workouts suffer," she says "I also do a lot of mobility work and use my foam roller daily. My kids are 4 and 6 and still wake frequently so sleep is not a guarantee. So making sure I'm eating well and drinking water is more important. And my workouts help regulate my sleep cycles and help me feel happier in general. The community at our box is also a major factor, it's so much more fun to work out with others then alone. And when I lift at home, I have my family support, too."

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  • Amy Caputo


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    Amy, 33, from Newburgh, New York, works around her 4-year-old son's schedule and tries to fit in at least 20 minutes a day to work out.

    "I eat pretty healthy, yogurt or a protein bar for breakfast, then I eat a pint of blueberries a day," she reveals. "I snack on almonds. For lunch, I eat veggies and hummus or sometimes a sandwich on wheat. I always eat a regular dinner. Whatever I want. I work out about 4-5 times a week. Mostly strength training and toning exercises -- ab routine, push ups, planking, lower back exercises -- about 20-30 minutes a day. Sometimes, I work in a little cardio, but not too much. I'm very active all day long. I cheat and have my wine or vodka, the occasional cookie. But really it's all about portion control. I don't usually eat much in one sitting."

  • Samantha Jo


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    Twenty-six-year-old Samantha's secret is yoga. She is a very inspiring yoga instructor in upstate New York. And she's also a flow artist with hoop and poi with Small Tribe Hoops.

    "I stay fit by eating what's right for me and practicing asana," she says. "My asana routine includes plenty of basic body movements to strengthen and condition the muscles around the joints with a healthy dose of push-ups and crunches. I also keep up with my 3-year-old daughter, which can be a fitness routine of its own!"

    That said, "some days are better than others of course, and as a mom, I find plenty of excuses to not do the work at times," she admits. "During those patches, I can feel a significant shift in my body, mind, and spirit, and it happens quickly. It only takes a couple of days of re-establishing my routine to feel 100 percent better. Yoga is much more than fitness for me. It is a practice and a discipline that I carry with me both on and off the mat, which has improved my life and my relationships in countless extraordinary ways."

  • Dana Citron


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    Dana, 42, from upstate New York, is a mom of two daughters, and she says that being healthy helps her be a better mom.

    "A year ago I started eating Paleo, so I only eat whole foods that are in essence fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish," she says of her diet. "I've removed all grains and refined sugar from my diet and I've never looked back."

    Her fitness routine: "I work out regularly doing functional exercises rather than more traditional weights," she shares. "I really feel strongly about how the change in my eating habits so significantly changed my stress levels, my skin, my energy levels, my sleep. It was always important to me to be fit, but I've realized that it's most important that I'm also strong -- physically, health wise, mentally. My kids are top of the list, and if I'm not at the top of my game, I can't be the best for them."

  • Keri Fisher


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    Keri is a 45-year-old mom of two with her degree in physical therapy and has yoga, Pilates, spinning, and personal training certifications. Her advice: Keep an eye on calories.

    "If you exceed your daily amount, you will gain weight," she notes. "I believe in drinking a ton of water. I drink close to a gallon a day. It not only keeps me full [but] it helps remove toxins, it is great for your skin, and it fuels your muscles. I stay clear or liquid calories for the most part. I would rather eat mine than drink my calories."

    On an average day, Keri will "eat a few small portions throughout the day and try to pair a protein with a carb, because that combo keeps the body satisfied while maintaining energy levels." She also makes it a rule to "rarely eat after 7." But at the same time, "I don't deprive myself either," Keri says. "If I want chocolate [or] a burger and fries, I eat it. I just don't do it in excess."

    As for her fitness routine? "A combo of cardio and strength training work best, especially for a woman over 35, [because] the metabolism slows down as we age and muscle mass is lost," Keri notes. "I maintain my fitness by doing more weight training than cardio."

    Finally, "I am not a slave to my scale, but like to weigh in once a week," Keri says. "If I see the numbers climbing significantly, I scale back on calories -- especially sweets."

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