As most moms know, finding the time to exercise can be a difficult task while raising children. And although maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, and a variety of other maladies, it doesn’t make it any easier to balance the demands of motherhood with the achievement of fitness goals.

Authors Kara Thom (remember her?) and Laurie Kocanda know that the challenge for moms is more than just “getting the pre-baby body back.” Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, teaches mothers of all ages and walks of life how to create a fit lifestyle that is compatible with motherhood. Promoting a “take time, make time, share time, and snare time” method of finding ways to work out, the book includes tips on:

  • making choices about priorities and managing “mother guilt”
  • managing sweat equity in the home for conflict free fitness.
  • getting fit as a family with children of different ages and needs

Like a girlfriend’s guide to balancing fitness and motherhood, the honesty and candor of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas make it an ideal handbook for those thinking about starting an exercise program, as well as for those trying to pursue fitness goals. The wit and wisdom offered by Thom and Kocanda, as well as their example, prove that being fit and being a mom are not mutually exclusive.

I have to say I’m kind of obsessed with this book. I have marked so many pages in this book and keep it handy to reference, it’s that great. Not only does the book basically give you a good kick in the pants to get you exercising, it also gives you tons of tips on eating and taking care of your body. The best quote in here is “be as good to your body as you are to your kids”. I think that’s where we as MoM’s can sometimes fail ourselves. I know personally I am more concerned about how my kids eat than how I eat. There is a great section in the book all about making over your pantry and I cannot wait to implement some of the tips. There are also sections on support and working out with your kids.

If weight-loss or healthy eating, or just a healthy lifestyle is one of your goals this year I really recommend picking up a copy. I already looked and you can download it to your Kindle, so there’s no excuse not to get this book!

What are some of your best fit MoM tips or tricks?