If you’re a busy mom like me, working out seems to always make it to the bottom of the list. After work, chores, and taking care of the family, where is the time to take care of yourself?
Do you think we could get more hours in the day, universe?
I am not sure why we moms put ourselves last. We need to take care of ourselves. I find myself doing this far too often – putting the needs of others before my own.
You cannot pour from an empty cup.
Moms, we need to take care of our bodies and minds to take care of others. We need to be strong and healthy for our children!
I can find plenty of excuses to not work out today, but I also have 9 amazing reasons to work out today.
9 Reasons To Work Out Today
It Helps You Feel Better
There’s science behind how exercise makes you feel. Exercising can release feel-good chemicals that can lift your mood.
For me personally I always feel better after a workout. I have confidence and I just generally feel happy. I’ve never regretted a workout.
In addition to the feel-good chemicals the brain releases after an exercise, you’ll be able to relax better with regular physical activities.
It Helps You Look Better
Yes, Captain Obvious here. Exercising helps you look better.
Your clothes will fit better. You’ll feel more confident after a workout that you’ll stand taller.
This is all in addition to weight loss if that’s your main goal.
Because You Want To Take Care Of Yourself
No more putting yourself on the back burner. If the baby is asleep, pop in that dusty Jillian Michaels DVD and sweat.
You want to take care of yourself so that you can take of others. You deserve a healthy body and the time is now.
Exercise can help control weight. In combination with a healthy diet, exercise will also promote healthy weight loss.
To Remain Sharp As You Age
According to this WebMD article, exercise helps protect aging brains. The science behind exercising helping brains is really amazing. The brain shrinks as we age and sticking to a physical activity routine can help fight against the shrinkage.
Even more science! Researches studied the brains of children and found their memory was better with physical activity.
You know what all this says to me?
Workout to remember where you put your keys. Okay, maybe it won’t help with that.
Because You’re Tired Of Starting Over
Starting over is a big thing with me.
I’m always starting over my diet and refocusing my energy on something.
Starting over can be fun but it sucks. It’s a reminder that I didn’t do it last time I started over. It’s hard work, but you deserve to reach your fitness and health goals. Keep going.
Don’t get down on yourself about a bad meal or a missed day at the gym. One miss doesn’t ruin the whole plan. Keep working.
Because Not Working Out Doesn’t Work
For me, if I don’t work out there’s no way the weight is coming off. Food just doesn’t cut it, it has to be an effort with both diet and exercise.
Not working out doesn’t help my mood. I don’t look or feel better after I don’t work out.
The only workout you regret is the one you skip.
To Get More Done
My trusted coffee helps, but I need more. Regular exercise can boost your endurance and strength to get more done throughout the day. Maintaining a work out schedule helps the cardiovascular system which in turn gives you more energy to accomplish the 1,565 things on your to-do list for the day.
Busy moms – we need this energy.
We’re being pulled in every direction by kids, husbands, family, work, you name it. Workout to boost your energy and get more things done.
I get up from my desk once an hour. I outlined in this blog post the things I do throughout my work day to keep my body moving. Having a desk job requires that additional effort to get up and keep my body going.
It helps having a step tracker to remind me to get up and move. I have a FitBit Flex 2 and here’s my affiliate link through Amazon to check it out.
I have to get 250 steps an hour in a day! This seems like small potatoes, but it’s definitely a hard task on top of the other work tasks I need to complete. Still, I make it happen.
All Of The Health Benefits
Physical activity can help reduce the following:
- Heart disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- And More…
Not only can exercise reduce the certain diseases, but it can reduce your stress level and help you sleep better at night.
To Set A Good Example For Your Kids
I’m a mom. My thoughts always end up on my son.
I want my son to have all of the benefits above and I can set a good example for him by committing to a work out regimen and physical activity.
I don’t want him to worry about my health or that I am not taking care of myself. Teaching him healthy habits is really important to me.
So, what do you say? Ready to work out?
Comment below with your favorite ways to get in physical activity!