It’s no secret that one of my big goals since getting past my first year as a mom has been to get back into shape.  I’ve always valued being healthy, but there is definitely something that changes when you add a child to the mix.  My desire to be as healthy as possible feels more instinctual – as if a survival mechanism has kicked in and I’m doing this more for the purpose of being there for my son than anything else.  (Although looking good in my clothes is certainly a huge plus!)  I lost my mom as a teenager and so I think the desire to prevent that from happening to Charlie definitely drives me.

Nonetheless it is sometimes hard to stay motivated with busy schedules for both work and play.  I’ve come to appreciate the time that I can dedicate to fitness and try my best to worry less about the time I can’t spend in the gym. One thing that definitely gets me psyched for a workout is having the proper gear.  A workout can be totally ruined for me by a lousy pair of sneakers or clothes that don’t fit well.  I am always on the hunt for the perfect pair of workout pants.  I think I might have found them in the yoga pants from C9 at Target, an activewear line that is exclusive to Target and offers a variety of options for men, women and kids, all at an incredible value.

That high rise!  That full leg!  That hip hugging shape!  I can always find a pair of workout pants with one or two of these features, but rarely all three. And they are cute enough to go from the gym to the grocery store or to daycare pickup, because of course a workout is never followed by a leisurely afternoon on the couch when you have a toddler!  Staying fit and healthy is as much a gift to our children as it is to ourselves as moms, and it always feels like less of a chore when you can do it in style without breaking the bank.

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Laura is mommy to Charlie, who was born in April 2011. If you are in Philadelphia and spot a woman on the bus who is balancing an active toddler and the largest canvas tote that L.L. Bean makes, you've probably spotted her. Always up for a challenge, Laura enjoys her day job as a fundraiser, cooking healthy meals at home for her family, and her new workout hobby - running.

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    Janice Cooper

    To feel good especially at my age and prevent any health issues.

  2. 52.

    I will be having my 7th child within days. I need to stay fit to set a good example for them and to be able to take the best care of them possible

  3. 53.

    i need to set a good example for my 7 children and be the best mom I can be to them

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    Brutus Duffy

    I am 45 and still want to look good, so that’s why staying fitis important to me.

  5. 55.
    joanna garcia

    to be able to live a long life and see your kids grow and grandbabies! to do everything with your kids!

  6. 56.
    pinky sade

    so I may lead a better life health-wise

  7. 57.

    So I can be healthy and fit to take care of my little girls!

  8. 58.
    teresa herrera-honores

    to be a good role model for my kids and to be able to live long and play long!

  9. 59.

    So I don’t have to go out and buy a new wardrobe! Oh, also, so I can keep up with my super-energetic toddler…

  10. 60.

    So that I have the energy to chase after my kids!

  11. 61.

    To feel good and have energy to take care of my kids!

  12. 62.

    It’s important to me to stay fit because it helps me to feel better about myself and be happy!

  13. 63.
    Samantha C.

    I want to set a good example for my kids!

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    julie rmr

    Staying fit helps make me feel good about myself.

  15. 65.
    Cynthia R

    feeling good, looking good, setting a good example for family

  16. 66.

    I want to be at my best to care for my family.

  17. 67.

    To have more energy!

  18. 68.
    Bella Taul

    There are both emotional and physical benefits! An emotional one is that you feel more happy. A physical one is that you feel more energized. It is good for your all around health.

  19. 69.

    I want to feel more awake!

  20. 70.

    So I can look good and feel good

  21. 71.
    Sonoma smith

    To live everyday to see my kids become healthy adults.

  22. 72.

    to manage my weight

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    Karen Raider

    I try to stay fit to keep up with my family.

  24. 74.

    It is important because I want to be a role model and active part of my children’s lives.

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    Vera K

    It’s important to stay fit so you can enjoy life to the max!

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