How parenthood and fitness can work together

I know many moms can relate to the challenge of finding time to workout amongst all the responsibilities of being a mother. When your kids are young and basically sucking the life force energy out of you, it’s hard enough just to find time to nap let alone get a workout in. And of course in this society we are expected to fit back into our skinny jeans weeks after giving birth. Isn’t that what all the celebrities manage to do?

In the beginning it’s just about going easy on yourself. Some days are down right blissful when your baby decides to take an extra long nap so you actually might have a chance to workout AND get a shower.  Other days just don’t work out as planned and the flow of your day gets completely out of whack.  Just keep in mind that the blissful times will return and you can get back on track with your fitness another day. When my kids were babies I would put them in the swing or exersaucer next to me while I did some  Billy Blanks Tae Bo (at that time he had his own 24 hour channel on satellite) I loved being able to interact with them and still do something healthy for myself and I always felt better afterward. The challenges of the rest of the day would always seem easier to handle after a sweat session.

Now that my kids are older they totally get the reason why mom works out. A happy mom makes for an easy going mom.   The really cool thing is now they want to workout with me. I love having mother and son time together exercising. It makes us all feel better. I love knowing that they are starting to develop the healthy habits that will last their lifetime.  It’s amazing how much they will talk about what is going on with them when the endorphins of exercise kick in.   It’s really important that kids see you doing something for yourself that will keep you in good health. Kids intuitively know that it will benefit them as well to have parents without health problems. Speaking from my own experience, growing up I would see my dad come home late from the office and stressed out most days. I would rarely see him exercise. The odd time I would see him ride his bike around and I spent time with him in a canoe. But I never saw him completely able to cleanse himself of stress.  Looking back I wish he took more time for himself so he could have stuck around to see me grow up and meet his grandchildren. He died of a heart attack when I was 16.

My hope is that we can all carve out time to make health a priority in our lives.
Too many people nowadays are consumed with being busy and wear that as a badge of honour. But there is nothing wrong with saying no to something so you can sweat for a little while, breath deep and get your balance back.

2 thoughts on “How parenthood and fitness can work together

  1. I couldn’t agree more with your comments and your goal with fitness. I am struggling because I often choose my family plans over my fitness plans. In the last few weeks I have been focused and succeeding with changing my lifestyle – making healthy eating and exercise a part of every single day. However; family plans seem to win out over my fitness plans sometimes and I end up feeling like I can’t find that happy balance. I realize that if I choose more activities that involve my family it will be a win/win. But even that isn’t easy (rarely can I get all 5 of us to agree that riding bikes is the activity of the day). I know one day I will arrive at a place where exercise will be such a part of my routine that it will rarely be displaced by anything else. I can’t wait; because I know it matters!!!

  2. Darlene…you are totally on the right track! Keep making health a priority for you, and your family will understand and soon follow your lead. A good tool that the whole family can get in on is making a vision board specifically for your health and fitness goals. Then it’s right there for everyone to see on a daily basis. 🙂

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