As a new mom, you are most likely enthralled with your new bundle of joy. In the process of becoming a mother and learning how to deal with motherhood, you might have forgotten to take care of yourself.
Many moms fall into an unhealthy routine of living after giving birth. Even some moms who love physical activity seem to place their exercise schedule on the back burner. If you are wondering why exercise is even important for moms, here are three reasons why moms need exercise the most.
1. Exercise is good for your body. Simply put, exercising will make you feel better physically. Exercise gets your blood flowing. If you are sedentary after becoming a mom, this reason especially applies to you. Women who lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle are much more prone to health issues, such as heart problems, high blood pressure and weight gain. The next time you want to turn into a couch potato with a half-gallon of mint chocolate chip ice cream, get out and get some exercise. Keeping your body in shape will give you a better quality of life.
2. Exercise is good for your mind. You’ve had a long, frustrating day. Your toddler is going through the screaming phase, and your grade schooler is going into some new phase unknown to you. What do you do? Do you head straight for the candy bar isle in the grocery store and stock up on your five favorite bars of chocolate? If so, you’re headed for trouble. Take those frustrations right to the gym and work them out. Even if you can’t afford a gym membership, go for a long walk. Exercising can be extremely beneficial in releasing your pent-up frustrations and emotions. It will also release those ever important feel good endorphins which will clear your mind and make you feel on top again… ready to face just about anything.
3. Exercise is good for your family. As a mother, you hold a tremendous responsibility. Your entire family will look up to you in everything you do. Set a positive example before you children. Our children follow us by example. When your children see you keeping a regular exercise routine, even when you don’t feel like it, they will be more prone to get involved in exercising as well. Start today and create both a personal and family exercise routine.