By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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When the air quality was poor, I started brainstorming how to get an effective workout inside. I have debated buying an elliptical or indoor bike, but decided not to with young kids at home. I would hate for one of them to get injured by fitness equipment. Our girls also love doing yoga with me so I was on the lookout for something that they could periodically try.
I finally decided to check out HIIT and I’m hooked. I’m familiar with many of the moves from my high school swim team practices. I love that I can get my heart rate up quickly and I can do it with our kids close by and even participating.
I thought I was pretty fit, but these 15 minute workouts can be quite challenging. And, unlike my running and swimming, our kids find these HIIT workouts quite intriguing and they ask me a lot of questions. I’m thrilled that these HIIT workouts are striking up family conversations about health and wellness. It’s just what I need to stay motivated during this busy time of year.