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"Our greatest defense against stress is the ability to change our minds; to change our thinking." - Goldie Hawn

No matter your stage of motherhood, fitting in exercise into an already slammed day can be a challenge. We all know getting in movement is crucial to our wellness and sanity, but how do we do that when it feels like we have no time?

Instead of thinking of movement as happening alone (without kids), requiring spandex, and...

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"So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune." - RBG

Have you been able to find the silver lining of this great pause? A lot of us are spending more time together as a family, rediscovering our love of board games and puzzles, and working on our crafting skills. Life has slowed down, and maybe that's exactly what we all needed.

This slowing down has also allowed us to create new...

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"Even five minutes spent in silence will nurture & revive your soul and spirit." -Doreen Virtue

It's day 50,953 of quarantine and you have heard "mom!" about 10 billion times since day 1 of this evil version of a stay-cation. Maybe your fuse is a bit shorter than it was last year. Maybe you call the closet the "teacher's lounge". Maybe you are doing everything possible to survive.

So are we. You are not alone. We are united...

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Hey, mama, how are you?

If you are like us, your answer is probably loaded with a lot of feelings of being lost, overwhelmed, confused, and depressed.

2020 has been a real kicker of a year. And now, you are having to be ALL.THE.THINGS. for everyone: teacher, playmate, counselor, chef, maid, and so much more. And we get it: that's exhausting.

When the shut down started, FIT4MOM Asheville moved all of our classes online so...

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Thank you Kevin Bacon, I mean Jessica Meinch, for being our guest on Fit4mom Asheville 's Lunch & Learn.

If you don't know Jessica, take a few minutes to learn more about this entrepreneur, FIT4MOM instructor, chef-extraordinaire mama of 4!

Want to join her for a free class? Message us for details!

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Thank you Sam Kellgren of FIT4BABY and SimplyWell coaching for taking time to chat with us via Facebook Live during our Friday 12:30pm Ask the Expert Series. Take some time to meet this energetic & knowledgeable prenatal and fertility wellness coach.

Sam will be leading out newest FIT4BABY course, starting June 16th. Find out more about this...

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Thank you Amanda Hayes Fugate of Pelvic Forward for taking time to chat with us via Facebook Live during our Friday 12:30pm Ask the Expert. Take some time to meet this extremely knowledgeable pelvic floor therapist in our 20-minute interview below.

If you are a FIT4MOM franchisee or instructor, Amanda created our Truths & Myths about DRA course on the Education Portal so make sure to check it out too.

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“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” -Bart Yasso

The weather is warming up & Asheville is beautiful right now. Are you spending more time outside? We are too, mama.

Whether walking or running, playtime or picnics, being outside is great for your health & wellness. Have you considered taking up running? Well, don't start your...

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“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Unknown

This Mother's Day is going to look a lot different for many of us. Your husband and kiddos probably aren't taking you to a nice brunch prepared at your favorite restaurant. You probably cannot see your mom either, except on a screen. So how can we show all mothers love this Sunday?

Here are 5 ways to celebrate Mother's Day.

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You can’t pour from an empty cup.” - Every Motivational Speaker Ever

We know, we know, we know... self-care is important to your mental wellbeing. But can you find any time for yourself right now? Yea...neither can we. Between homeschooling, being personal chefs, working from home, and just trying to survive, it's hard to prioritize "me" time.

So let's be realistic. How can you squeeze in some self-care during this...

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“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” -Lucia Capocchione

Kids have boundless energy, don't they? Especially right now when socializing with other tiny humans is limited to their siblings or parents. (PS. My tiny human will be 7 tomorrow and birthdays are not canceled.)

Playing is not only important to kids, its important to adults too....

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson

Quarantine day number...well, I've lost count. How are you holding up, mama?

Last week, we had a super fun movement class with Baby Steps Dance Asheville as part of our kid's class activities on Thursdays. Suzie Rogerson planned and lead an amazing high-energy class for all ages of kids. Afterwards, I asked her to share her top...

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“Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine.” - Yawar Baig

Most of us are now in charge of our children's learning while schools are closed. A lot of schools sent home study packets, links to learning platforms, or are hosting virtual classes, but some didn't have time to prepare much. While we don't advocate stressing about your...

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“The best kind of parent you can be is to lead by example.” — Drew Barrymore

From boosting serotonin levels to improving posture, incorporating movement throughout our daily lives can be immensely beneficial to our wellbeing, especially while all of our kiddos are at home with us during school closures. Our little ones are watching us set a wellness example, and we as parents should show them that movement is fun! Plus, if we are being...

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I had the privilege of being interviewed by Jessi of Mother Well for her Wellness Wednesday blog. I shared my nuggets of information on wellness, determining importance, & additional love notes from my heart to yours.

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"I think the big thing with running Fit4Mom Asheville is that we are a safe place. We have moms who are newly postpartum, moms who had their youngest kid 13 years ago. We kind of run the gauntlet of...

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“Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great. “ -Kara Goucher

Becoming a parent comes with an overwhelming amount of rewards: from morning snuggles to honor roll report cards, motherhood is full of moments to celebrate.

And then there are the days where you ask why there are dirty clothes in your dishwasher and who could have possibly forgotten to bring extra diapers...and where exactly...

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"Yes, my kids come first, but as a parent I need to come to them with a fresh mind. I can't be too exhausted or too tired. And I am a better parent [when] I have more energy." - Molly Ringwald

Sleep is important for everyone, no matter your age or stage of parenthood. Whether you are a first-time parent with an infant or you wrangle four school-aged kiddos, the amount and quality of sleep you receive is vital to your mental clarity,...

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“The simple message of "It Takes a Village" is as relevant as ever: We are all in this together.” ― Hillary Rodham Clinton

When I was expecting, I thought I could do everything on my own. I could do this because "I am woman, hear me roar." What I have learned over the years is the statement should be "I am woman, hear me roar for help because I need support, food, and sleep as much as this child does."

It's not that you cannot...

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"The human body is first and foremost a mirror to the soul and its greatest beauty comes from that." Auguste Rodin

During pregnancy, it's no secret a woman's body changes in SO many ways; some are amazing (like glowing skin) while others are not so much, like mood swings. One of those not so glamorous aspects can be the urinary incontinence that comes with pregnancy. In fact, 7 million mothers in the US report urinary incontinence...

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"Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit - the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being." -Greg Anderson

What do you consider wellness? Is it a number on the scale or how many steps you have taken? Perhaps it is what you did - or didn't - eat or how often your doctor sees you.

At FIT4MOM Asheville, we believe wellness moves beyond simple...

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"Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go." Brooks Atkinson

The new year is a great time to reflect on your goals and implement new healthy habits. However, let's face it, resolutions have a reputation for being a waste of time; and for the most part, big drastic changes are a waste of effort because they are not sustainable.

We are sure you have heard to...

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"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”― Erma Bombeck

How many years have you said, "After the new year, I am going on THIS diet"? Or, "I am working out tomorrow because I ate THIS tonight"? We are all guilty of fat-shaming holiday food & ourselves for our indulgences. Between Halloween and New Year's Day, we punish ourselves with self-hate talk, try to add in extra...

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"I hadn’t realized the depths to which you can ache: limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt — and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal. I wished I could have cried but there was no relief during that time; my version of depression is almost below crying, where there is just despondency." Alanis Morissette

Becoming a mother for the first or the...

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"Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle." Martha Graham

For years we have been told that we HAVE to exercise for at least 60-minutes every day. And exercise has to be completed in spandex, in a gym, dripping sweat. Oh yea, and it's going to hurt. Well, we call bullshit.

It's time for you to change how you think about...

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"Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles." – Sharon Jaynes

Motherhood can be exhausting - no matter what age your kids are. Whether you begging your kid to go to sleep at 2am (at 15 months or 15 years) or struggling to be in ALL of the places at the same time, you are probably feeling a bit anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed. You are not alone. We are...

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