Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, Review and Giveaway

I am one of those people who likes to exercise. Honestly, I need to exercise. It lifts my spirits, energizes me, and makes me healthier and happier. Exercise has been a daily part of my life since my teens, and I never had too much trouble fitting it into my life…until I became a mom. As most of you know, motherhood shakes things up a bit. Fitting exercise into my daily schedule is not as easy as it once was!

Authors Kara Douglass Thom and Laurie Kocanda understand the challenges related to making time for exercise. Not only have they experienced the challenges themselves, but they have spoken with thousands of women about finding ways to be fit as moms. In Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom, Thom and Kocanda encourage all moms (those who love to exercise, those who don’t love to exercise, and those who have never exercised) to make fitness a part of their lives.

Hot (Sweaty) Mamasdiscusses five “secrets”:

  • You have to train your brain before you can train your body
  • there are no good excuses
  • be as good to your body as you are to your children
  • people can sabotage your fitness faster than a cookie binge
  • and act like others are watching because they are


In each section, the authors describe specific pitfalls, provide tips and encouragement, and discuss solutions. Each chapter also includes “Mom 2 Mom” sections that provide real-life advice from moms across the country. Thom and Kocanda also include inserts throughout the text that detail examples and illustrations from their own lives. In the final pages of the book, the authors include a supply list, a 28-day fitness challenge, and other useful resources.

Whether you are already a fit mom, or you are contemplating changes as we enter 2012, Hot (Sweaty) Mamas has something for everyone. Thom and Kocanda’s love of exercise is evident in this book, but so is their experience as mothers. As much as they enjoy exercising, they realize that it can be a challenge. Through this book, they provide realistic and workable solutions for busy moms who want to be healthy and energized in all aspects of life (and looking better doesn’t hurt either!).

Whether you have run many marathons, or you just need a push off the couch, Hot (Sweaty) Mamas is an encouraging and lighthearted read that will get you moving or keep you going in the right direction. As you make resolutions in the coming weeks, be sure to check out the advice in this book. You’ll be glad to know there are so many other hot, sweaty moms working with you!

We have one copy to give away (U.S. shipping addresses only). Leave a comment if you’d like to win (or if you need to win). We’ll announce the winner on January 2.


5 Minutes for Books reviewer Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.


  1. Linda says

    I could really use this. I am suffering from arthritis in the Knee and ankles due to my excess weight. Bariatric surgery is not an option because I’m less than 100 lbs over weight (barely). I lost 10 lbs over the summer but have a hard time in the winter losing weight.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  2. says

    This book sounds like it was written specifically for me!!! I just got my buns back on the elliptical machine yesterday after a 6 month hiatus. I need to make exercise a major priority in my life. Maybe this will help enlighten me and help make it stick!!

  3. katie in AL says

    Oh my I NEED to win. My last baby just got engaged and I want to be slim and trim by May.
    Woo Hoo! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Shannon says

    This book sounds perfect for me! After 3 boys, I am starting to realize just how important exercise is. I started exercising 1 yr ago, and it’s amazing how much better I feel about myself, and how those last 10 baby pounds really started to disappear. Exercise is hard for me, but when I think about how good I feel afterward, and what a great stress reliever it is, I know it is worth it!! I look forward to taking a look at this book!

  5. Jen B says

    My four kids have really put a damper on my ability to workout. I know that’s a lame excuse but it’s tough to find the time. I would love to win this book and utilize some of the mommy workout tips. thanks for the chance!

  6. says

    If this can make me get over, through and around this slump AND retrain my mind to want to again then I must have a copy! It sounds really good. Pick me! :-)

  7. Alison S. says

    I just had a baby 3 months ago. With a 2 year old and new baby, I BADLY need help trying to find a workable way to get back in shape.

  8. Nancy S says

    Can’t wait to read this!! I NEED those endorphins, and but can’t seem to juggle my schedule, the kids, the husband, the WORLD well enough to allow my self time to work out!

  9. Alena says

    Thanks for sharing the tips, maintaining yourself after baby is a bit too difficult though but reading the post encouraged me and I will definitely love to practice few of those ideas shared….


  10. says

    My daughter has had 9 Brian surgeries in the last six years, I have gained alot of weight and need tips on finding time to exercise again. I think your book is exactly what I need!

  11. Elisa says

    This would be a great birthday present for me b/c I’m a New Year’s Baby, and a mom who just can’t seem to find the time to exercise.

  12. Lorinda says

    I need to win your book! I try to stick to a fitness routine being a single mom, and now having a grandson to watch all the time is making it double difficult! I feel like a new mom all over again, but not young and full of energy!

  13. Jane H says

    Once again, it is my New Year’s resolution. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book that may be just the incentive I need.

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