For the first couple of months after I had Brooke I would often feel a little selfish for wanting to run and work out.
I sometimes felt bad for leaving Billy and Brooke on a Saturday morning to go out for a long run. I felt that maybe during Brooke’s nap time I should spend that time cleaning/cooking/laundry/writing emails/sleeping myself or a million different things instead of running on the treadmill. I felt selfish one morning as I was waking up Brooke at the crack of dawn for me to go run the RnR San Jose 1/2 Marathon.
Now that I am a mom expert (I mean, 9 months of being a mom makes me an expert) I have realized that working out is anything but selfish for me.
Being a ‘fit mom’ doesn’t mean I have to be a ‘selfish mom’ explained it perfectly and I loved all of their pointers. The article talks about how some people may think that mom’s are simply too busy taking care of their kids and helping others in order to find time to work out and that taking time to do so would be selfish.
Reasons why working out helps me personally to be a good mom:
-Energy. Those first few months (okay, 9 months) of your baby’s life may mean that you don’t get a lot of sleep. It can be draining and some days just call for you to take a nap. It doesn’t make sense in my head WHY working out gives me so much energy but it just does. After a sleepless night (Pinterest causes this more than Brooke does) a run is what gives me the feeling that I can conquer the world and play all day with Brooke.
-I want to be able to run around with Brooke and Brooke’s kids and Brooke’s kid’s kids. I want to be that parent that is always playing at the park WITH their kids. I want to be able to stay fit in order to be active for as long as possible and create amazing memories with my Brooker.
-We just have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others.
-I feel more confident. When I get a good run in and I accomplish a goal that I am working towards I automatically feel great about myself. I want nothing more than to be able to be a good example to Brooke of having confidence and feeling good about ourselves which comes along with setting goals and working towards them.
-Working out is an incredible antidepressant. Some days being a mom are just tough. When Brooke had Bronchitis a few months ago I was pretty much stuck at home for a few days which is hard on me because I am definitely a people person. Getting in a treadmill workout during her nap for those few days saved me from having cabin fever. Running helps me to be happy which obviously impacts Brooke in huge ways.
-When I do take Brooke out in the baby jogger I know that it is good for both of us. The sights, sounds, fresh air and nature are so good for her developing brain!
-I am (and will be) teaching Brooke that becoming a parent doesn’t mean you have to give up your passions and hobbies. I am continuing to pursue my passions! Racing is a huge passion of mine. Teaching is another passion that I have had for a very long time and I have been able to continue ‘teaching’ with my early morning spin classes.
-Most importantly I really want to set a good example to Brooke of health (I know, I should probably eat less candy too). I want her to grow up in a home where we are physically active and teach her good health habits. What we do as parents has a HUGE impact on what our children will do in terms of health.
-Running helps me to count my blessings. It helps me to find gratitude in the simplest things and I hope to be able to pass that on to Brooke because if we can find happiness in the little things we are set for life.
-I have really good ideas when I am running. I am not a creative person normally but get me out on a run and all of the sudden I have all of these great ideas about how I can better help Brooke, friends, family and people in my life.
Why does working out help you to be a better mom? Or a better person?
Did your mom and dad work out when you were growing up?