We are told over and over again that exercise is so good for us. It is linked to such health benefits as disease prevention, increased energy and enhanced mood. As moms, we need regular exercise as much, if not more, than anyone else. Finding time can be the greatest challenge in between work, errands, doctor appointments, birthday parties, play dates, house responsibilities – it all makes it difficult to fit in time to go to the gym, whether a home gym or elsewhere.
If investing in your health by being active is on your list of to-do’s but you are lacking the momentum to get started, you are not alone. For any busy mom, jump-starting an exercise routine can be daunting no matter how motivated you may be.
I’m one of those moms who likes to workout. I crave the feeling of pushing myself physically and feeling sore after a good workout. I used to go to all sorts of measures to fit in the longest and best workout that I could, and then I had kids. While all of the above still holds true, there are some days that I just cannot do it. My children wake up hours before dawn and give me a run for my money until I am finally able to wrangle them back in bed that night. It’s those days that I remind myself I don’t need to get any sort of special fitness routine accomplished because, heck, I am Mom Strong.
Are YOU Mom Strong?
Maybe you don’t know it yet, but I know you are. Consider the activities below and if you can see yourself completing any of these on any given day, you my friend, have attained the title.
Added weight to your body movement checks the box for strength and cardio
INFANT CARSEAT LIFTING, CARRYING OR SWAYING:
You could be considered a heavy lifter in the gym.
LOADING AND UNLOADING CHILDREN IN CARSEATS:
It’s like a circuit course. Really fast and break a sweat, then get a little break.
CHANGING THE DIAPER OF A 1 YEAR OLD:
Diaper changes are like the boot camp of motherhood when children are able to wiggle.
DRESSING YOUR CHILDREN IN BOOTS, SNOWPANTS, JACKETS, HAT, MITTENS OR GLOVES:
You’ve run a half marathon, momma.
APPLYING SUNSCREEN TO A SMALL CHILD:
See changing diapers. Also equivalent in calorie burning to trying to put finger gloves on an alligator.
CLEANING UP THE PLAY ROOM:
You will have buns of steel from all of that bending, squatting and lunging to pick up those toys.
In the car, out of the car. Coats. Crawling around to find lost shoes. Into the store, trip to the bathroom when you are as far away from it as possible. REPEAT. Full on marathon. You did it!
Lunch is code for running around to keep every child and fed and happy. This means your cardio will burn your lunch calories during this hour of the day.
GETTING YOUR CHILDREN OUT THE DOOR FOR THE BUS IN THE MORNING:
Between the finding of the shoes, packing of the lunches, digging out the perfect outfit, breakfast, snacks, and weather gear, this is a legit fitness class.
You should win an award for most flights of stairs climbed on the stair master. Ever. Bonus if you are schlepping a diaper bag, breast pump, kid in car seat, or all of the above.
PUSHING A DOUBLE STROLLER:
Weight lifting, check.
LOADING DOUBLE STROLLER IN BACK OF CAR:
Weight lifting, double check.
CARRYING CHILD(REN) WHEN THEY WILL NOT SIT IN STROLLER + STILL PUSH:
It’s like you’ve accomplished an Orange Theory workout therefore will ride the results of your after burn for at least the next day.
ATTENDING A PLAY DATE:
It’s kind of like a Zumba class. You’ll be dancing around keeping track of your kids while trying to have fun + talk with mom friends.
MAKING A MEAL:
This is a tug-o-war every. single. time. Builds muscle, stamina, perseverance, patience and endurance.
Run, squat, lift, lunge. You practically own your very own home gym.
Cardio. Turn on T-swift and make it a dance party with the broom to really break a sweat.
Wait….people do this?
SHOWERING AND ACTUALLY WASHING YOUR HAIR:
Off the charts workout status. Pro Tip – if your shower is big enough, toss in some shower squats while you lather. You’re welcome.
I think we both know this is a tried and true calorie-burner. If you’ve got this in your
daily weekly routine, you are basically my hero.
Have you achieved Mom Strong status? You better believe you have.