Breaking a sweat has been a regular part of my life since the days of middle school track and field, but I’ve found that my motivation for hitting the gym has evolved since I’ve become a mom.
Translation: It’s less about my skinny jeans and more about my sanity. Tweet this!
Need a little motivation to go for a jog/lift those weights/attend that Zumba class? Here are twenty reasons for moms to work out.
20 Reasons Moms Exercise
1. For thirty solid minutes of no whining, crying, fussing, or back talking.
2. To model healthy behaviors for our children.
3. To catch a glimmer of our pre-baby bodies.
4. For the ultimate form of stress release (kickboxing, anyone?).
5. To avoid being called a hypocrite when we tell our kids to get off the couch and go play outside.
6. So we don’t get winded chasing our toddler all over the house.
7. To honor the amazing vessel that brought our kiddos into the world.
8. For the joy of getting lost in our workout music. Thank you, Lady Gaga!
9. To show our body the respect we know deep down it deserves.
10. To get our hearts pounding for a reason other than because we just caught our kid climbing up a bookshelf.
11. Because we know being fit will help make subsequent pregnancies and labors just a tad bit easier.
12. To boost our brains after a full day of shape-sorting and reading (and re-reading…) Winnie the Pooh.
13. Because we’re already wearing yoga pants, as usual.
14. For those of us who prefer the gym or group classes, to socialize with other like-minded adults.
15. So we don’t have to turn down family hikes or soccer games for fear of tiring too quickly.
16. Because it helps us still feel sexy to our partner, even after all our body has been through.
17. To work off our kid’s leftovers that we keep eating in the name of not being wasteful.
18. Because carrying around an older infant all day requires serious muscle.
19. To ensure that we remain healthy for years to come, so we can enjoy watching our kids grow up and have little ones of their own.
20. Because when we take care of ourselves, we are always better for it—better moms, better partners, better caregivers, better people. It’s worth it. Tweet this!
What’s your reason for working out?
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