As I sit here with an injured back – you would think that I would hold off this article on exercising. But all I can think about now are ways to exercise with this back injury, and to make it stronger.
Before my babies, I injured my back badly enough that I was couch-ridden for almost a week. And since then, I would have back spasms twice a year.
Having children did not help.
“I cannot be an bent-over, old woman when I have a baby,” I told my chiropractor. “What can I do?? I’m only 22 years old!”
Over the years, it has gotten better and better as I exercise. What would have put me on the couch for a week are mere strains now, and I can still walk around and move. And it may only happen 1 time a year now.
Exercising has made that possible.
Maybe you don’t have an injury. But I have reached out to a number of Moms in all stages of life to share why they exercise, and how they have seen it benefit their children.
I became a runner. I started small, just a mile. BUT as I mentioned, I’m a stay at home mom, so where was my son? With me.
That’s right, I pushed my son while I ran.
At first, I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t have any other choice. If I wanted to run, he came with. So, I pushed him for a mile. Then a little further. In the fall, I ran my first 5k, and my running buddy joined me! I pushed him for 3.07 miles. It was the most exciting and adrenaline pumping experience!! I ran it in 31:39. I was SO proud!! Now I run whenever I can, with the snow and ice, it makes it hard, but I still love running. – Jennifer
I still remember my Mom exercising and doing aerobics when I was a kid. I did sports all growing up, and I owe that all to my parents. I loved playing sports and being active. Especially the friends I made through them. They were my best friends and my saving grace through school as I dealt with all the emotions that come with puberty. I am still best friends with one of my teammates today.
Exercising isn’t just for you, it’s beneficial for your kids too! It sets the example.
Sometimes your health just forces you to, and that’s a beautiful thing to come out of it.
It was so hard, but I did it. My baby needed me.
I just made time to walk 4x a day, but if you had asked me beforehand if I had that sort of time, I’d have told you no. I’ve been most successful when I’ve had a walking partner or been committed to a fitness class. And, now I’m teaching fitness classes with a spiritual emphasis. It has been incredible for me! I would highly recommend mamas do the workouts on revelationwellness.org There is so much spiritual encouragement in them, and you don’t have to worry about what your kids will hear or see.
As for how exercising affects my motherhood— it does. A LOT.
When I’m struggling with an issue, walking just gets things “unstuck”. I find I have some amazing prayer times moving my feet. I get creative ideas as well. Revelation Wellness has podcasts called “revving the word” that are amazing! You listen while you walk or run. My kids see me value physical activity, and they do so as well. Physical activity is so good for their brains (and mine), so I love that we all enjoy being outside.
I enjoy exercising now, and once you start (kind of like writing a paper) you see how easy it is to incorporate throughout your day.
There are some great local classes in most areas as well, only $6 a class that are totally worth it. There is something about working out, and seeing others struggle through it as well, that motivates you to finish. So grab a friend and try it out together!
I jumped on it, and even though she had never run before, she completed a 2.5 mile run without stopping once.
You can do more than you think you can! Especially together. And I made a new friend!
As a mother of 6 children very close in age, I struggled to figure it out early on, but pushed through seeking balance and fun for myself and family.
I will just make a list of ways I incorporate exercise into our lives. My hope and prayer is to raise well rounded and easy to please children, who will make the best of everything. So, in pursuing that, I try and encourage them to find the best in everything, to make the most of each situation, and seek to love and serve where we can.
Even exercise can be that way, and it teaches self-care and introduces new ways of physical on a consistent basis. We are pretty active as a family, and I love being active with my kids. I believe it is healthy to keep moving, and it releases adrenaline and endorphins that serve to support our bodies natural function. Not only that, but it teaches my kids that it is possible to have good, clean fun (for when they are older, and question this), and it provides so many great memories as a family.
The quality time together laughing, learning, and caring for our bodies, among so many reasons, is priceless.
One fun tip – ask your child to cheer you on when you exercise.
There is something very motivating about a child’s encouragement. Now when we run together in the stroller, or he sees me exercising in the living room, he say, “go, mommy, go!” or, “good job mommy!” Or, “Faster Mom! Mush(like a sled dog team)!”
I cant wait to go on family runs with him. My British friend would chime in right now and probably say, “Don’t wait! Just do it!”
Maybe tomorrow. Lol.
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