I am honored to feature fit mom and guest blogger, Kate. I met Kate via social media a few weeks ago, and I am certain you will appreciate her perspective and level of fit mamma motivation.
My name is Kate, I’m a work-at-home mom with a crazy little guy (8 months old already!) and a business helping women lose their baby weight. I feel like I’ve had a pretty crazy last year with my son being born and the start of my business, though in truth I’m sure my experiences have been the same as many of yours.
Sadly, when we hear the terms “mom” in our society, we don’t quickly associate it with “fit”. It’s too bad really, since I do feel that being fit makes us better moms! It helps me a lot with my little one and is so much more to me than just my business. Here are some ways I think fitness and motherhood are two peas in a pod.
Fitness means you have the energy to keep up with your little one.
I have an 8 month old child that is crawling EVERYWHERE. He isn’t even walking yet and I feel worn out some days trying to keep up with him! 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 son too as he grows up.
Fitness means you can be less stressed.
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 its self 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!
Fitness means you can be there.
I haven’t outgrown my mom. No matter how old I get, I still need her and appreciate her wisdom and advice. I want to be that for my little guy. But that means I need to be there. And 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.
Fitness means you see yourself better.
Body image is a huge thing for moms like us. It is rough going through a pregnancy and seeing all of the changes in your body and then feeling like a human snot rag to your little tyke. I’ll admit it, I don’t always feel the way that I used to before I had Jackson. I think staying in shape helps with this a TON! If you can feel yourself improving, and feel like you are the best version of you, it helps to combat those negative feelings we all have. Motherhood is hard enough as it is, if you can see yourself better as a person, it will have a positive effect on the ones that your raise.
Fitness allows you to teach.
There’s an old saying, ‘if you want to train up a child in the way they should go, you must first go that way yourself’. It is true. We want the best for our children, and we hope that they learn from us and are better because of it. But they learn so much more from our example than from our words. I think living a fit lifestyle is a very good and powerful gift to give to my children.
So there you have it, this is what I think of when I think of “mom” and “fitness”. How has being fit helped you out in your motherhood journey? Comment below or come join the discussion at facebook.com/beyondfitphysiques.