10 Fitness Facts for Mothers
Aug 4, 2015
It’s that time of year again; when the kids go back to school and the schedules of working and stay-at-home moms alike become a bit less hectic. Even if your daily dance card still seems pretty full, these 10 fitness facts for mothers might help you kick start that exercise program that fell by the wayside while the kids were at home:
- Goals get things done: If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there (or even whether you’re on the right road)? Take time to think about what you want out of your fitness routine. Do you want to be able to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain in Frederick, Maryland without getting too winded? Has it always been your dream to complete in the Columbia Iron Girl Triathlon? Big or small, as long as they’re right for you, goals can help you get things done.
- Results require routines: As a busy mom, you are well aware of the power of a daily routine. You also know how hard it is to stick to a schedule when your kids are around all day. Regardless, it’s important to take time each day to do some type of physical activity, because making time for fitness means you’ll reach your goals that much faster.
- Perfection is preposterous: No one is perfect. It might seem like your fellow gym-goers are always up for a good sweat session but even the most ardent exercisers have an off day now an again. Give yourself a break. You will get tired. You will have trouble staying motivated. You will miss a day or two every once in a while. It’s okay.
- Vitamins are vital: Getting the right vitamins and minerals will keep you feeling strong and give you the energy to take on more challenging exercises in the gym. While the type and amount of vitamins you need will depend on your age and overall health, women need to make sure they’re getting enough vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K, as well as folate (especially important for moms who might get pregnant again), magnesium (for aging mothers), and iron.
- Everyone needs encouragement: Make sure you surround yourself with friends and family who lift you up and offer support as you strive for your fitness goals. You will need their encouragement along the way. A personal trainer can also be a good source of accountability and motivation.
- Creativity is key: You’re busy, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a few minutes each day to dedicate to making progress towards your fitness goals, even if it’s just doing some mini-squats while washing the dishes or leg raises underneath your desk at work.
- Nutrition is necessary: Fitness and diet are as inseparable as you and your son or daughter on their first day of school. When you pair a well-designed workout routine with a customized nutrition plan, that’s when you’ll really start to see some results.
- Buddies are beneficial: Exercise is always better when you get your buddies involved. Convince your friends to come with you to the gym, or get a small group together to do semi-private training sessions with a personal trainer.
- Music can motivate: Science backs this up. Studies have shown that music can enhance your mood, increase your endurance, take you mind off the pain of working out, and even elevate your metabolic rate. Your ideal motivational playlist will be unique to you, but it should probably contain songs that have a strong beat and a rapid tempo.
- Fitness is fun: Perhaps the most important fact of all…fitness is supposed to be fun! The exercise-endorphin connection proves that human beings are indeed happier when they’re moving and challenging their bodies to grow and get stronger.