Moms: If You Don’t Workout You’re Missing Out!
Let’s get something straight right now: I’m not one of those moms who leaps up during commercial breaks and does squats. I tried a Mommy & Me yoga DVD and gave up after about five minutes because my baby wouldn’t stop crying. You will never find me jogging around the block, nor will you ever spy me getting some pull-ups in at the playground while my kids frolic.
Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you something: Finding the time to workout will change your life for the better.
Working Out Will Change Your Life
If you’re anything like I was when I had itty bitty babies, then you probably want to scream at me, “When I am supposed to find time to workout? I hardly get three full hours of sleep a night and most days I don’t even have the energy to brush out my hair!” I hear you loud and clear sister, believe me. All I am telling you is this: Before I worked out on a regular basis, I was so tired that I needed a nap every day and I had a hard time carrying a full laundry basket up and down our stairs. Now that I workout on a regular basis, however, the naps are gone and I can carry two full baskets of laundry up and down the stairs without effort.
Choose the Right Workout For You
I think the trick is to find something you like to do. I hate running. No, I detest running. I’m just not a runner. For one reason or another, I figured that if I didn’t run then I wasn’t fit, so why even bother? It was when I started doing weight work that I realized that there is more than one way to be fit.
By the way, if weights intimidate you, just remember that everyone who does weights once stood in front of a barbell and thought, “Now what do I do with this thing?”
I started working out with gusto right around the time my husband went away on a year-long military deployment and I was about to start grad school. I knew that I would have to find a way to be as physically and mentally ready as possible if I was going to tackle everything and still be a good mom, so I turned to working out. What a difference it has made! I feel stronger, more capable, and not nearly as tired as I once was.
You know how you’re amazed by your body for everything it did creating and nourishing a baby? You can also be amazed at the spectacular things your body can do once you start working out.
The Workout Solution That Worked For Me
For me, the solution was to join a gym with a quality babysitting service. Your solution may be different, like joining a stroller-friendly walking club or doing exercise DVDs at home. Either way, I urge you to get started now, even if it’s small steps you take in the beginning. It will make you a more able mommy and a more confident woman.