If you’re anything like us, you need some serious health and fitness inspo right now. It’s sweater season, which typically means workouts and meal planning have taken a backseat to equally necessary couch potato-ing and take-out-ordering. You’re not alone – but if you’re looking to get back in the groove of your wellness routine, Bailey Oschman is here to be your self-care cheerleader. Learn more about Oschman, how she’s using her talents to support mama’s, and why you should stick to the basics when it comes to health.
BWI: Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hey everyone! My name is Bailey Oschman. I live in Indianapolis with my husband Kevin and fur-baby Lucy, who I am pretty obsessed with. I love to cook, travel, and exercise. I am a Registered Dietitian, personal trainer, and Pre and Postnatal Exercise Specialist. I went to Purdue University (Boiler Up!), where I studied Dietetics and Nutrition and completed a year-long internship program for Dietetics. After graduating, I worked in corporate wellness for a few years, but I always knew that I wanted to start my own business someday. In 2017, I began having conversations with my sister-in-law, Cari, who is also a personal trainer and nutritionist. That is when Fit Mama In 30 began! Fit Mama In 30 is an online health and wellness community designed for moms of all stages of motherhood. It includes a program specifically focused on pre and postnatal exercise and nutrition. You can also find me teaching at the Zionsville and Carmel Pure Barre studios, as well as sharing some of my favorite recipes through my Instagram account, @bailey.oschman.
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BWI: How do you stay motivated during this time to maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and self-care?
I try to stick to my usual routine as much as possible to keep some sense of normalcy in my life. It always helps me to write down what I plan to do the following day and get as much done on that list as possible. On that list, I always make sure to include something that would qualify as self-care. It is different each day. It could be something as simple as taking 5 minutes to stretch or read a chapter of a book. Taking time to focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health is more important than ever right now.
BWI: What are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet right now?
We try to go into each week with a meal plan, but we also try to keep in mind that the meals don’t have to be fancy. I’m a big proponent of meals that only take 30 minutes to prepare (or less!) and have leftovers for the following day. This saves time in the kitchen, saves money, and reduces food waste. My biggest tip right now is to try not to make a healthy lifestyle overly complicated. Stick with the basics. Make sure you are getting all food groups at most meals, especially fruits and veggies. This will help support your immune system. Also, get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, stay hydrated, and of course…wash your hands.
BWI: What is your nutrition philosophy? What about your training philosophy?
My philosophy is to keep it as simple as possible (without sacrificing flavor) and sticking to the basics when it comes to nutrition. I follow a primarily Mediterranean (predominantly plant-based) diet because those are the foods I naturally tend to gravitate towards. When it comes to training, I try to move my body at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. I try to incorporate a variety of workouts that I personally enjoy to keep it consistent. I think it’s important to find something you genuinely like doing if you’re going to keep it as a regular part of your lifestyle.
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BWI: As a pre/postnatal specialist, what advice would you give new mothers during this time?
I know this can be scary for everyone, especially those who are currently pregnant or who just had babies. The best thing is to look at the facts and precautions for pregnant/newly postpartum women provided by the CDC, which will help decrease fear and help women feel more in control. I also recommend women with uncomplicated pregnancies to be active safely and effectively most days of the week. ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends 20-30 minutes. Proper exercise has many benefits for both the mom and the baby, and it helps reduce stress. For more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Instagram at @fitmamain30.
BWI: How are you managing your time during COVID-19?
My days are somewhat repetitive, but again I feel like repetition brings a sense of normalcy. Each morning I have a cup of coffee, go through my morning routine (this is where I do a lot of my self-care activities), then sit down and work on Fit Mama In 30. I might be creating content, replying to emails, attending (virtual) business meetings, etc. You can also find me teaching safely at Pure Barre Zionsville and Carmel most days of the week. When I get home, I usually start dinner and listen to a podcast while I cook. The rest of the night is spending time with my husband and dog, planning for the next day, and sometimes Zoom calling with my family and friends.
BWI: How has your outlook changed as a result of this pandemic? What are your key takeaways thus far?
This might sound cliché, but truly it is never to take ANYTHING for granted because you never know when it could be taken away from you. I have chosen to focus on facts and faith over fear and be grateful for each day. I think the more positive you can be during this time, the better it will be for each of us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some days are better than others, but finding a little good each day has helped me. We are all in this together.