“He’s the best motivator.”
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee can tell you the weather, the truth about raising a boy, and the secrets to a happy, healthy life with a toddler in tow. But we bet you’re most interested in that last bit—so we got the scoop on how Ginger adapted her killed fitness routine and healthy eating habits to her life as a new mom. Here’s what she had to say (plus, tons of adorable baby pictures, too!).
HOW MY FITNESS PLAN CHANGED
Before Baby: “Twice a week, I worked out with my trainer, Mark Langowski, for one-hour strength-training sessions. Other days, I’d run for about an hour or take an indoor cycling class. I aimed to hit yoga once a week, but that didn’t always happen.”
After Baby: “I still work out with Mark, but sometimes our workouts are shorter. And now my runs include Adrian in his jogging stroller. My pace has slowed down for sure, but he’s the best motivator. He loves when I speed up, and it makes a killer interval workout!”
TRIAGE FOR TWO
Try It: Make a smoothie to hide healthy foods that kids might not enjoy. “Adrian loves a spinach-spirulina-mango-raspberry blend!”
CALL OUT SUCCESS
Try It: When tugged in many directions, set small goals and celebrate those wins—a half a rep—to own positive self-talk. “I quickly learned to be satisfied with whatever I could achieve. Everything is an accomplishment.” (The Slim, Sexy, Strong Workout DVD is the fast, flexible workout you’ve been waiting for!)
SMELL THE ROSES
Try It: For a mom, the to-do list never ends. Pausing to appreciate (even capture) the brightest moments is an act of mindfulness, which studies show can boost optimism, energy, and motivation, in fitness and in life.
SHOW, DON’T TELL
“We snapped this when Adrian joined in on my workout during one of our family gym sessions. He helps me smile through the discomfort.”
Try It: Whenever possible, incorporate your kiddo into your routine. Ginger helps Adrian dunk baskets from her shoulders and holds him as a weight in supervised moves. “I want him to love activity so we can be active as a family.”