We all know that exercise plays a vital role in a healthy lifestyle (and we all know that it is one of the biggest struggles), but becoming a mother does not excuse this part of life. Sure, you may be well past the days of being on a sports team, and you may feel like it’s not possible to squeeze in a workout into your hectic schedule, but with the hype around fitness nowadays the options are endless! Regular exercise, especially as a mother, should be made a priority because there are so many unexpected benefits that are actually pretty vital for a mother’s sanity. Read below to find out its benefits for mothers:
Happiness for All
What’s better for a mother than seeing her children happy? Well, seeing her children happy while doing things for herself! Through exercise, the blood in your body moves around, thus releasing a flow of endorphins. Basically, exercise is an anti-stress elixir! It’s really a simple mathematical equation:
Reduced stress = happier mother
Happier mother = happier children
Furthermore, reducing stress and relaxing your mind through exercise will help you focus outside of the fitness room. No longer will you forget to pack your children’s lunches, or mix up their names in the midst of a chaotic household.
Put Yourself First Once in a While
It is not unusual for moms to often ignore their personal needs and put themselves last, but that does not make it okay. It is vital for your well-being to put yourself first… at least sometimes. Prioritize time for yourself, and at least an hour a day devoted to your body through exercise is the perfect way to do so.
Make Time for Girl Time
Your children shouldn’t be your only friends! It is crazy how much you can connect with the people that you workout with. Initially, your connection forms over your mutual complaints about the impending workout, but you will soon find yourselves bonding over things beyond the workout room. Moms are all about killing two birds with one stone, so why not make work out time double as social time?!
Walking the Walk
You are your children’s biggest role models. Therefore, modeling a healthy lifestyle for them can jumpstart their own active, athletic lives. It also shows them how crucially important it is to take care of themselves, regardless of the circumstances that they may face. Plus, what’s cooler than having a mom who can do more push-ups than their kid?!
Ah, youth. . .to be young again. Sigh. People say children keep us young, but you know that the opposite is as apt to be true, as you struggle out of bed after a sleepless night, or bite off a chunk of your tongue in an effort not to yell about the four hundred and fifty-second incident of peanut butter finger painting on the kitchen cupboards. What keeps a mother young is having her own playtime. And that’s what sport is, after all, playing. So it was when we were children, so it should be when we are grown.
So, as a mom, you might be wondering… What exercise options do I have? Well, the options are truly endless. Your residential area might be surrounded by studios specializing in pilates, yoga, kickboxing, cycling, or barre class without you even knowing it. Joining a local gym is also very convenient. If you’re very opposed to leaving your house full of kids or find your schedule to be extraordinarily hectic, there are plenty of exercise videos available on the Internet. Not so keen on a late night, at-home workout? Trust me moms, it is really worth it. It’s time to stop enviously staring at those fit moms; it’s time to become one!