If you’re one of the workout moms, or considering it, you may feel you’re taking time away from your family by doing something for yourself. In actuality, you’re probably doing them a huge favor, for a number of reasons. The primary reason of course is becoming the healthiest possible you and having more years to spend with your family. However, there are many other reasons mom’s should workout that prove beneficial to their spouses and children.
When you workout, you have more energy.
Working out regularly builds your energy level, so you won’t be a couch potato at the end of the day. Instead of watching your children play, you’ll be able to join them. Taking long walks in the afternoon with the kids, hiking, swimming or even shooting hoops create some great memories. Best of all, when you’re active, your children follow in your footsteps and lead a more active lifestyle.
You’ll be happier and less cranky.
Working out burns off the hormones created by stress that can cause that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The body then replaces those hormones with ones that make you feel fantastic. You’ll be the mom every kid on the block likes to be with because you’re not the “mean or cranky” one. It makes every day problems seem easier to handle and less of a calamity.
You’ll have more time because you’ll finish tasks faster.
If you’re like most of my clients, sometimes at the end of the day there doesn’t seem to be enough energy left in your body to click the remote, let alone do dishes, laundry or other household tasks. You have to get them done, but it seems to take for ever because you’re just plain exhausted. When you workout on a regular basis, not only will you have extra energy, you’ll move faster through daily tasks. You may even have more time for yourself and never will be taking it away from your spouse or children.
You’ll look great when you workout regularly. Every child wants their friends to think their parents look good and working out on a regular basis can do that.
You’ll be boosting your sexual drive. While that won’t be a benefit for the kids, dad will love it.
You’ll feel confident and have more authority when you talk. Even though you won’t be cranky, you’ll build confidence and it will come through loud and clear in your voice. When you say STOP, the kids will know you mean it.
You’ll be healthier and enjoy an active lifestyle longer. That’s pretty inspiring to your children and they’ll want to follow in your foot steps when they become adults.