By Kate Horney
This one is for all you moms into fitness out there! Happy Mother’s Day!
After having kids of my own, I can finally appreciate what this day means and why it’s so special.
I am also realizing how much more work I have now with two wonderful little ones in my life.
I have learned a few things about how fitness and mothering can work hand in hand. I know I will probably never be the sitcom perfect mother (far from it!), but I try hard to be the best mother I can to my little guys and that requires a whole lot of energy, stamina and, well…fitness!
So here are four ways, in honor of the day, that fitness helps us to be better moms:
1. It helps with stress: This is number one for good reason! How much stress is added to our lives when we add a family? A TON! It can seem overwhelming at times. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to be in shape. There are two parts, exercise itself reduces stress. The other is that if you are fit, the effects of stress are actually lessened. Exercise is a fantastic way to fight back against stress. Stress is a contributor to just about every disease we know about. But you can do something about it!
2. It gives you the energy you need to keep up with your kids: I have a 2.5 year old and an 8 month old that keep me BUSY. I’ll be honest and tell you it can be tough trying to keep up with them! Being fit gives you the energy to be involved in your child’s play as well as their lives! I can remember being a child and my mom always playing with me and I want to give that to my sons too as they grow up.
3. It sets a good example for your children: Childhood obesity is on the rise. What is the number one way to defeat it? Be a good example yourself! According to the CDC, sociological factors such as the lifestyle and fitness of the parents are the number one factor in the health of the children. If you want to train up a child in the way they should go, you have to go that way yourself!
4. It lets you be there for your kids: Let’s face it, people who are healthy and in shape live longer! On average, individuals who worked out for at least 15 minutes a day lived 3-8 years longer. We all want to see those special moments in our kids’ lives like college graduations, weddings and grandkids. But you have to get there. So if you aren’t doing it for yourself, do it for your kids! I know they will appreciate it. Here’s a pic of me, my boys and MY mom. She’s the BEST!
So there you have it, there are a few things I have learned in the past couple of years about how mothering and fitness go hand in hand.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and you feel loved and appreciated and know how special you really are!
In honor of Mother’s Day, how about a little Baby Spam!
You can find lots of baby pics + our everyday adventures on the BeyondFit Kids Instagram.
And here’s a sappy mommy video from the day my 2nd little guy was born (wow time is going so fast!)
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I’m Kate Horney, founder and creator of BeyondFit Life. This is my (other) baby, but it’s not a solo effort. It’s a network of 1,000s of women worldwide. And that’s where the unique strength and value of BeyondFit Life lies.
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