Guess what moms? It’s perfectly reasonable to do something for yourself.
So ditch the mom guilt and exercise!
Once you become a parent, your priorities shift and suddenly your needs take a backseat to this little human(s). Although your needs come second (or third), they should not be ignored, right?
Sadly, I have read comments on various social platforms from mothers tearing down other mothers for choosing to exercise. Shouldn’t we be lifting each other up? Inspiring other moms that you can be a loving, dedicated mom and exercise?
Why Exercise is Important for Moms
1. Take Care of Yourself, so You Can Take Care of Others
Personally, I’m a more focused, grounded, and patient mom when I workout. My energy is higher which allows me to keep up with my active toddler, even during pregnancy.
2. Use Early Mornings
By all means, choose the best time of the day for YOU. However, sweating first thing in the morning means the rest of the day is free for activities. Excuses and demands tend to pile up in the evening hours. In fact, here’s a 4 minute ab routine you can even do in your pajamas!
3. Do Home Workouts
If travel time to and from the gym creates havoc in your schedule, or a gym membership is too pricey, workout at home. There are plenty of online training programs (I’ll be introducing mine in the next few months), or videos to help guide you through workouts.
If you are limited on exercise equipment, here are my Top 5 Body Weight Workouts.
4. Create Healthy Habits in Your Kids
Demonstrating that exercise is important to you, will create lifelong, healthy habits in your kids. As a result, your kids will know exercise is simply part of their lifestyle.
5. Workout with Your Kids
Exercise can be a sacred “me” time, but if want to spend more time with your kids and sweat, find ways to include them. This post offers a few sample workouts that I safely did with Jada either watching or participating.
Speaking of participating, completely unprompted, Jada started busting out burpees (video HERE).
Her form is better than mine! I’m so proud of my little athlete.
What advice do you have for moms experiencing exercise induced “mom guilt”?