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After having gone through 3 pregnancies and births, I’ve done a lot of bouncing around with different workouts, intensities and mindsets towards exercise.
Prior to giving birth to my first daughter, I didn’t exercise at ALL. And I ate like CRAP.
When she was 6 months old, I was so frustrated because everyone kept telling me don’t worry, the baby weight will melt off with breastfeeding!
That is bullshit.
I stopped waiting around for that to magically happen and took control of my life.
I went vegetarian, then vegan and started running. And I LOVED it. It was a truly freeing feeling to realize I could be a powerful runner and run a half marathon if I wanted, I just needed to put the EFFORT in.
I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon a few times in between that beautiful start into my fitness journey and now, but that’s what it is for everyone- A JOURNEY.
There is no end destination where everything will be perfect. This is your life, it’s beautiful and every step of the way is a blessing. Never forget that!
THIS LIST IS NOT MEANT TO MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE AT. IT’S ABOUT INSPIRING YOU TO REALIZE THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SETTLE AND ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT (WHICH CAN BE OH, SO HARD!) HERE ARE SOME AWESOME REASONS TO EXERCISE, EVEN IF YOU ARE A BUSY AS HELL MOMMA❤
Exercise makes you feel like you again
Becoming a mother is the hardest and most intense thing you’ll ever do. It will change you in a profound way. Exercising makes you feel GOOD and you get to reconnect with yourself while you’re doing it. It doesn’t have to be about losing weight and being skinny (although that’s sweet too.)
It’s about discovering your inner mental and outer physical strength that can carry you through some seriously hard times in parenting.
Not only in motherhood or parenting-
sometimes we don’t even realize how ‘bad’ we’re feeling because we’ve reached a new level of normal. Maybe for a while it bothers you that your clothes aren’t fitting great or you just feel sluggish. But after a while, we start to accept it and it doesn’t feel AS bad.
I’m not going to lie, it is hard as hell to get back into (or just into) a fitness routine. If you’ve been inactive for a while (your whole life, like I was??), you’ll be sore and may even wonder if it’s worth it.
IT IS WORTH IT!!!!!!!!
Get through the pain and come out on the glorious other side of feeling strong and healthy.
Create a new normal for yourself!
Exercise releases endorphins
This one is kind of ‘well duh,’ I know THAT! We all know that! But it’s so easy to forget what that actually means for you, your body and mental health.
Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body, sometimes they even leave you feeling euphoric!
After I finish a workout or run or just go for a walk, I usually have way more patience for my children and feel like I can handle a lot more.
It’s also easier to make healthier choices because you just won’t feel like ruining the work you’ve put in.
It increases libido
This is important to me and it should be for you too! After the birth of my 3rd baby, I really didn’t have much of a sex drive. I blamed it on hormones and having a baby. But my baby is 9 months old at the time of writing this and I started to feel like maybe this wasn’t normal.
After getting back into a regular exercise routine, my sex drive came back with a vengeance!
Part of it was losing a bit of weight and getting rid of the ‘fluffy’ feeling and part of it was just having increased energy and confidence.
*I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being ‘fluffy’ as long as you are truly HAPPY! Then, who cares?!
However, if you are NOT happy-
make a change!
Sex is such an important part of your relationship. It bridges you back together into the world of two adults being in love, not just two parents basically running a business during the day.
(Does anyone else feel like that’s all they’re doing sometimes? Delegating tasks, making food, cleaning or switching kids between the two of you?)
Helps you to be able to play with your kids
I really start to notice not exercising when I have trouble keeping up with my kids at the playground. There’s moments where I feel so sad saying no, I can’t play tag or give you a million underducks on the swings and it’s because I’m already exhausted and we’ve only been here 5 minutes.
I love being able to say YES to all the things, run and play with them and role model a healthy momma who is happy and confident.
(You can, OF COURSE, be happy and confident if you are not in shape. Again, this is based on YOU and how YOU feel!)
It’s easier to throw your back out, strain your neck or pull something. I was trying to show my daughter how to do cartwheels at the park and on the 3rd one, I heard an audible pop! It was my hamstring and I limped around for a while after.
Doing everyday things are harder (like carrying your baby or toddler around), carrying groceries into the house, getting in and out of the van to buckle and unbuckle kids.
Once you’re in shape, you kind of start taking the ease of these things for granted but try to stay appreciative!
It sounds crazy but strength training can reduce sports injuries by 68% and proprioception training can reduce all injuries by 45%!
RELATED: Proprioception Exercises
Makes you feel like a badass mutha’
Not gonna lie, this is pretty much my favorite reason for exercising as a mom.
NOTHING CAN TEAR YOU DOWN WHEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE A BEAST.
There is something SO satisfying about relying on yourself and getting strong (mentally and physically). The feeling transfers over into all areas of your life. You start trusting yourself more and not letting the little things get you down.
EXERCISE BRINGS YOU FREEDOM
It brings you the freedom to:
- Say yes to chasing your happy, gleeful kids around the park or backyard.
- Shrug and say no big deal when there’s an out of order sign on the elevator and you need to walk up 4 flights of stairs carrying your 20lb toddler.
- Feel good about yourself, truly good about yourself because you know you’re worth the effort.
- Spend time on YOU, not your kids, YOU and reconnect with yourself.
- Change your mindset to knowing that ANYTHING is possible, if you want it, you can DO it.
I know you’re busy. I know you barely get time to pee without someone needing something or harassing you. Being a mom is some crazy ass shit.
I think it’s important to keep in mind that you should not be FINDING the time to exercise. You need to MAKE the time. Sometimes I am able to do a workout at home with all 3 kids by myself and other times I wait until my husband is home. Other times, it just doesn’t work out. I don’t beat myself up, I try again the next day.
But I DO make this a priority. What’s the point of being spiritually awakened if you feel like shit? What’s the point of being hella in shape if you’re angry or anxious all day?
It’s all about balance. Treat your mind well, treat your body well. Show yourself the love you deserve momma ❤
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