Lisa Gulley: Balancing Fitness and Motherhood

Lisa Gulley Health Guide
  • I am very excited to be a new health and fitness writer for HealthCentral! Prior to becoming a mom, I owned a personal training business and trained primarily stay-at-home moms. It would make me furious when they would miss a class due to what I referred to as “kid excuses”. Our classes were at 5:45am and I just could not fathom the “my baby was up all night” reasoning. I would call those clients up and give them an earful on my “no excuses” mentality.    


    Yes, clearly I was CLUELESS and had no idea what it was like to be a mom.  Karma came my way when I had my first baby who basically didn’t sleep his entire first year of life. I realized then how awful sleep deprivation truly was, and I felt terrible for how I treated all my former clients.  (Yes, I actually called most of them to apologize, and thankfully they all were kind enough to accept my apologies!)   

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    Fast forward several years and I now have 4 little boys, ages 8, 6, 4, and 2. My life is crazy, loud and absolutely chaotic, and gone are the 2+ hour workouts at the gym. The gym in fact doesn’t work for me at all because all of my kids have terrible separation issues that I have been asked to leave every gym I have joined. So these days I am doing kettlebell swings in my kitchen, pull ups at the park, and running on my treadmill during naptime. I have learned to sneak in fitness whenever and wherever I can because my workouts not only keep me in shape; they are necessary for my sanity as well. My motto is “never underestimate the power of a workout”.  

    Carving out time for fitness is definitely a challenge, but it can be done with a little bit of creativity and the right motivation. I look forward to sharing my fun workout ideas with you and helping you create a lifetime of fitness.

Published On: April 09, 2014