Whether you’re a once a week casual visitor or a full-blown gym bunny, a yoga addict or queen of the running track, fitness as a mum should be pretty high on your priority list. Now, I know what you’re thinking:
“Is this b*tch serious? I have 600 things on my daily to-do list, fitness is the least of my concerns,” but I’ll tell you why it shouldn’t be (and it’s not just because it’s good for you).
I used to be on the larger end of the scales, OK… if we’re being honest I was weighing in at over 80kgs for a while and when you’re only 5ft 2″, it’s not ideal. I’m still no ‘Skinny Minnie’ but I’ve found that since starting to exercise regularly it has benefited me in more ways than I can list here. I’m not preaching, but maybe just give it a go. At the very least it could bump up your sex life (pun intended!).
Exercise makes you feel good. I’m no scientist (believe me when I say my children will be promptly sent to their father when they have science homework questions) but I do know exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good, which make you happy, and who doesn’t want that?
Exercise gives you time out. I love my kids with every fibre of my being, but sometimes this being needs to be as far away from said children as possible. Regular exercise is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and hard for DH to argue with (it’s great time for him to get some quality alone daddy time with the kids too).
Exercise helps you eat better. I’m not sure if this is for everyone but I’ve found it seems to have a knock on effect. You exercise more so you feel good, then you only want to feel better so you eat healthier foods. Fact: since I’ve been exercising my daily biscuit intake has more than halved (although my chocolate addiction is still in full swing.)
Exercise helps you drop weight. I didn’t say how much weight because it depends on your routine and food intake and lots of other factors but, generally speaking, a little more regular exercise in your day will help to make some of your ‘jiggly bits’ go away.
Exercise increases your libido. Yep, it’s true. I often feared after babies, sex would become a non-event in my house due to lethargy and post-pregnancy body issues but that hasn’t been the case at all (major apologies to family members reading this post!). Exercise boosts your self-confidence up a few notches, your self-loathing down a few notches, your stamina up a few more notches and your energy levels actually sky-rocket (in turn, so does your sex life! Again, sorry mum!).
Exercise makes you calmer. Releasing stress through exercising and getting out of your head and into your body has the ability to calm you down and give you a little more perspective which can make being a mum on extremely tricky days a little easier to handle.
Exercise can be done anywhere. The best part about exercising as a mum is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. You don’t have to take out an expensive membership at a fancy gym. Chances are you’re already doing your weights everyday by lifting 15+kgs of kids every 10 minutes anyway. Add in some dancing like mad in the lounge room with the kids (they won’t care if you look like an idiot) and you’ve got your cardio covered as well.
‘As Katie Sees It’ is written by our guest blogger Kate Filipovic – wife and mother of two – Mr R 9 and Ms H 7. She is an accredited Thermal Performance Assessor focusing on sustainable home design and has studied Interior Design. She never leaves after a coffee at my house without moving a vase, a cushion or furniture of some kind!