“Mom-exercise” is a form of exercising for moms. Before I explain what “M0m-exercise” is, I want to get you really interested by showing you the benefits of exercising.
I know that moms especially Stay At Home Moms (after cleaning, doing the dishes, doing school runs and getting dinner ready); the last thing you want to do is “exercise”. But trust me on this one, MomLeaders, there are great benefits of “mom-exercising” – asides from the all too known benefit of weight loss:
- Helps you feel happier:
Endorphins are your best friends. They are hormones that is known to produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain. Exercising increases the production of hormones called endorphins, which are known to help make you feel happier
Being at home can be a bit lonely/frustrating and the mind can really play games at times. Plus having to talk to toddlers all day or doing baby talk with newborns doesn’t help at times. Add in your female hormones and you will have a cocktail of a roller-coaster mood. Plus, you have to battle with mom-guilt as well.
Here’s the big one: you still have to care for your children and patiently answer their numerous questions, respond to their never ending requests without losing it.
I believe you will agree with me when I say that having all the help you can with your mood will really help.
- Increases energy levels:
This is quite ironic because you would think exercising will use up all your energy. Yes! Maybe! whilst exercising and maybe a few minutes after. Exercise can improve energy levels because it strengthens the circulation and your heart muscle.This means more energy to keep up with your children and their needs.
- Helps with skin health:
By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. We all need that glow, right?!?
- Helps with brain health:
The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health, abundance, survival and growth of brain cells. (according to the Harvard Health Publishing).
I guess we can all say bye to “mommy brain”!
- Helps with relaxation and sleeping:
All those sleepless nights with a newborn, sometimes can alter our sleeping pattern. Exercise can help with that – awesome!
What then is “Mom-exercise”?
It is a form of exercise designed specially for moms. Mom-exercise is a form of workout that suits moms schedule and way of life. It doesn’t have to be intense. Below are a list of Mom-exercises; pick the one that works best with you and have fun with it.
- 30 mins walk with the lil one in the stroller
- Going up and down your stairs a couple of times (10x at a time)
- Dancing time with the kiddos
- Walking Lunges
- Chair dips or squats
- Step ups using the stairs
Whatever works for you, the most important thing is to make sure you schedule at least a 15 mins block for exercise (at least 3-5 times a week).
Exercise and enjoy its benefits!