The Florida-based personal trainer discusses how to stay motivated through motherhood.
Calling all super moms and super moms-to-be! Sia Cooper—a certified personal trainer who specializes in nutrition and women’s fitness, and the face of Diary of a Fit Mommy—dishes on why it’s important to embrace a healthy lifestyle and how to regain gym motivation.
We get it, mom-life is tiring, but Sia, a mom of two, knows exactly how to fight the fatigue and make healthy happen. After eating poorly, gaining weight and constantly being sick in college, she knew it was time for a change. She turned to clean eating and started a blog to keep herself accountable and share with others what worked in her new lifestyle. She dropped the extra weight and continued blogging throughout her first and second pregnancy. Today, Sia continues to inspire others daily with her workout tips and guides. But she isn’t doing it alone—she has two adorable workout buddies to kickstart her routine!
DynaPro Direct: Why should new moms prioritize fitness and working out? Why is it so important to you?
Sia Cooper: New moms should make fitness a habit for their own sanity. Before they can take care of their kids, they have got to remember to take care of themselves. This is the only way that I can function since a happy mommy equals a happy family!
DD: How do you make time for your fitness routines?
SC: The main time that I workout daily is when my daughter naps. As soon as she falls asleep, I get my workouts done. You’ve got to learn to use your free time wisely.
DD: How do you involve your kids in your workouts?
SC: Lots of ways! I like wearing my daughter in her baby carrier, and my son will copy what I do or I’ll have him hang onto my back.
DD: What do you think is the biggest reason new moms lose their motivation to work out? How can they overcome that?
SC: The biggest reason for losing motivation is the obstacles that come with having a new baby, but they can overcome these obstacles by nixing the excuses and making their babies the reason to workout and stay healthy.
DD: Exercise balls, jump ropes and resistance bands are all portable pieces of exercise equipment that new moms can use right at home. Do you use any of these products and have any favorites?
DD: How important is nutrition to you? What kind of nutrition rules do you stick to?
SC: Nutrition is more than half of the battle so it is super important to me. I like to eat an 80/20 diet—80 percent clean and 20 percent indulgent—because I feel it is important to spoil yourself even just a little sometimes.
DD: How can someone who's new to the world of exercise and clean eating jump in? What’s the best way to start a new daily routine that includes this healthy lifestyle?
SC: The best way is to find a guide that best works for you. This is why I created my Strong Body Guide to help walk you through daily workout plans and meal planning. It is always best to remind yourself that it is not a race—it’s a lifestyle. You do not have to rush to get back into fitness or to get your body back. You should take your time and start slow.