Mia Hamm's Modified Mommy-Fitness Regimen

09/29/2010 at 06:00 PM ET

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There was a time when soccer star Mia Hamm would work out for seven hours a day. “That was my life,” she says, “everything was geared around playing soccer, about being healthy. I would literally be active all day long.” Flash forward to today: The 38-year-old mother of three-year-old twin girls has new priorities–and they don’t include seven-hour workouts. “Things have changed,” she says. “I spend a lot of time with my kids, so I can’t dedicate as much time [to exercise].” When she does work out, Hamm says she spends an hour at the gym. “I like to be toned and fit, which is harder for two reasons. First, I’m older. Second, I like to eat. I never thought about my caloric intake when I was playing soccer. Now I have to pay attention to it.” Her guilty pleasure? “If I had to choose one food that is my weakness, it would be chips and salsa,” she says. “I don’t know what it is, but I love them. But other than that, I try to eat healthy, fresh food. Or at least in moderation.” These days, Hamm is a spokesperson for Give Your Health A Shot, a public awareness campaign to educate adults about vaccinations and total body wellness. It’s a message that hits close to home. “I’m like every other parent,” she says. “My health often takes a backseat to my kids.” But now more than ever, Hamm says, her health is important to her. “I don’t want to have a negative impact on their lives,” she says of her daughters, Grace and Ava. “I want them to be happy and successful, and the best way is making sure the entire family is healthy.” And her advice for parents struggling to find time to get to the gym? “You’re worth it,” she says, before rethinking her answer. “No, your family is worth it.” –Steve Helling

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njb on

Inpiring to me… I joined the gym! My family is worth it. My weight effects my moodiness, I NEED to do this for us!
Thanks Mia

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Sarah on

Go Mia! It sounds like you’ve got your priorities straight, and I wish you, your girls, and Nomar all the best! (Even though I hated seeing him beat my Yanks when he was with Boston!)

Sara on

Great article! She seems very down to earth and pleasant. I like that she points out that your family is worth it… that is the exact reason why I quit smoking, why I lost 40 pounds and why I go to the gym. Yes, I like the way I look and I FEEL better… but I want to be around to see my kids marry, have kids and even see great grand kids! :o) My family IS worth it, and so is yours!

Cindy on

I thought she only had two kids? What is the name of the third?

Deborah on

She is very pretty

Jen on

I love Mia Hamm! She is right, family is first but you do need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family! You look great Mia!

china on

she has 3 yr old twin girls.
great article. mia looks great!

Meg on

Mia sets a great example. It is hard to get to the gym to workout when you have a family. But, so important to stay healthy.

Jon on

That’s interesting & good to hear!

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