As mothers, we spend our days (and often nights) giving, giving, giving to others. We give to our spouses, our children, our bosses, our pets, our homes, and our other commitments. Often, though, we feel guilt when we choose to make time for ourselves.
- We feel better physically. No matter what shape we are in when we start our health & fitness journey, spending just 30 minutes a day breaking a sweat helps us feel better.
- We feel better emotionally. Taking the time for self-care each day gives us a few minutes to think about ourselves and do the simple things that make us feel better.
- We are able to be more present with our children. When we are not completely out of shape, we are able to chase our kids around the playground or throw the ball with them outside.
- We are setting a good example for our children. I grew up in a family where health & fitness were not particularly important. When we started school (we all were homeschooled for the most of our early-elementary education), we were allowed to participate in sports, but we never saw our parents take the time for themselves to do something physical. Since growing up a moving out, both of my parents have taken wonderful steps to get in shape and have trained for and participated in our local annual four-miler and my mother is back to swimming. The example they are setting for my younger siblings is wonderful.
How though, you might ask, are you supposed to fit one more thing into your busy day? Some easy, simple suggestions would be to take a walk each day, invest in some weights and an at-home fitness program, learn some yoga poses from youtube or other free tutorials, or do squats or push-ups during playground time or commercial time.
Making it a priority to get 30 minutes of activity in each day will help us moms on so many fronts and, in doing so, will be better from every other aspect of our lives.
What are your preferred ways to get exercise?