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

by 5 Minutes for Books

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.



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1 Christina Gould December 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

I neeeed to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

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2 Ellen M December 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh baby! I need to win this too. Especially now that Winter is coming and that’s the hardest time of all for me to stay motivated to get fit.

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3 Stephanie Lancione December 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

As a mom trying to get back in shape, I would love to read it!

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4 Linda December 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

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!

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5 Elisabeth December 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

I would really love to win this book! :)

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6 Theresa December 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

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!!

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7 katie in AL December 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

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.

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8 rhonda December 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Need this book!!

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9 Jaimie December 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Yes, definitely need to win this!! :)

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10 Martha C December 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I would love to get this so I can finally get motivated!

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11 Jennifer D. December 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

It’s all mental for me. It does sound like the motivation would be helpful.

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12 Jen December 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I always need help in this area! Count me in!

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13 Alisa Nelson December 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

this looks like a great read! would love to win!

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14 Angela December 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance!

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15 Kristin D December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I would love to win this one!!

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16 Tammy Gordon December 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Would love to win!!

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17 Barb December 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I could definitely use a little exercise inspiration…

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18 samantha w December 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

yep, need to win

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19 Michelle December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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20 Shannon December 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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!

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21 Ellen C. December 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I’d like to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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22 MaryBeth December 19, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

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23 Michelle December 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

A great book for a great new year – a must read, must win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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24 Patricia December 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I think I really need this!

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25 Kelly December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Need this book!

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26 Karen December 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

Trying to revamp my fitness goals and would love to have this!

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27 tina December 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I really really need this book!

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28 Jen B December 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

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!

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29 Jen December 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I could totally use this. I’m just finished having 4 kids and need to get back into shape eventually!

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30 June December 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Will have to read, cause I’m starting a diet & work out routine right after the holidays.

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31 Petula December 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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! :-)

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32 Staci A December 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I’d love some help getting motivated and moving in the right direction. This looks great!

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33 Alison S. December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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.

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34 Tami December 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Unfortunately, I fall into the “need to win” category! thanks for asking. ;-)

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35 Van December 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

This would be perfect for my Mother, she wants to loose some weight.

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36 MeMetu December 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I need to win. My mother said that anything that makes a woman sweat can’t be good.

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37 Chuck December 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I know my wife would want to read this, she’s been wanting to shed some x-tra pounds.

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38 Linda Kish December 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

The encouragement would be helpful.

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39 Delrita Munion December 26, 2011 at 12:51 am

This is just what I need to start the New Year off right and start getting in shape!

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40 Nancy S December 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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!

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41 freebiegoddess03 December 27, 2011 at 3:24 am

This is Great i would love to read it

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42 Alena December 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

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….

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43 Angela E. December 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

I would love to win a copy of this book!

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44 ACMommy3 December 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Could use some encouragement! :-) creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

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45 Patty B December 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’d love to win this

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I would love to read this! :)

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47 Christine Jensen December 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.

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48 Garrett December 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Great! enter me please.

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49 Jennifer Candanosa December 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I would love to have it! I need some motivation!

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50 Jen Brandes December 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I would love to be a hot sweaty Momma! Please enter me!!

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52 Susan Smith December 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I’d like to win this book.

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53 Don December 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

Good reading when your wanting to get in shape for the New Year.

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54 Tami December 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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!

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55 Diane Baum December 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

This book would be perfect, cause I’m fat and out of shape

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56 Rebecca Peters December 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

I would love this book!
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57 Beth PB December 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for the chance to win! 2012 will be a healthy year for me.

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58 Tonya Froemel December 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I need to read this book! I would love to win it.

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59 sarah t December 31, 2011 at 9:05 am

i would love to have this book

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60 erma December 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’d love to read this.

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61 Daniel M December 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

i need all the help i can get

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62 tracey johnson December 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm

i would love to win and i need to win

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63 Valerie Taylor Mabrey December 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Great timing for these books! Thank-you!

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64 charline December 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I would like to win
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65 Lizzy December 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I would love this book!

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66 Elisa December 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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.

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67 shawna December 31, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I would love to read this.

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I need to win.

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69 Claire McKeon December 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I definitely need to win this!

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70 amanda December 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

i’d love to win this! it would be so helpful.

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71 kathy pease December 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
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72 rebecca w December 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I would love to win this book! thanks for the chance! :)

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73 erica December 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I def NEED to win this!!!

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74 Cynthia Deleon December 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm

This year WILL be different! And this book would help a lot :D

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75 Gianna January 1, 2012 at 2:32 am

I’d love to win.

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76 Toni Marie Caravello January 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thank you for such a motivational giveaway. I am so looking forward to starting my physical new routine tomorrow. Today is the start of my new spiritual routing.

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77 Nicole C. January 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

I would love to win!

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78 bobbi January 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

I need all the help i can get.

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79 carol y l January 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hubby and I exercise EVERY day but some of these ideas intrigue me!

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80 dythia_99 January 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

Like everyone else, I would love to win this book to help with my New Year weightloss goals

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81 Lorinda January 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

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!

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82 Kim Smith January 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I would love to read this book

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83 Jane H January 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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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84 heather c January 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I resemble that! Well, I did. Now, I just need a little help getting that way again.

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85 Julie Jones January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I want to be a fit mom!! Thanks for the giveaway

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86 Geri Nyland January 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

This book would be perfect to help me with my New Year’s resolution… Great giveaway!

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87 Allison R January 1, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Ohhh… Pick me! I need this :)

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88 Tia January 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

I think I need to win this.

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