Why working out makes me a better Mom

1. To provide good example for Luke. I want Luke to grow up seeing exercise as part of a normal day and part of a healthy life. And that it can be something that you truly enjoy. Just how I feel about running and BODYPUMP.

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2. More energy when I work out. And that translates to more enjoyable time with Luke. If I didn’t have that energy, there is no way that I would be able to keep up with Luke. . . he is everywhere these days!

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3. It makes me happier. To quote one of my favorite movies. . .

“Exercise gives you endorphins–endorphins make people happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands… they just don’t.”

Can you name that movie? Here’s a hint. . . 

4. Bonding time outside (during much warmer months!). It’s just me and Luke (sometimes Scott and Abby too) outside for a run after work. It’s our time to hang out together. We point at trees and cars and trucks. He eats a snack and gets some fresh air. We both come back feeling better, ready for dinner and bedtime. Smile 

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5. Keeps me healthy so I can be around longer to enjoy my grandkids –> I already think he is growing up way too fast, and so of course I am thinking about when he leaves for college and eventually gets married and has grandkids (which according to my mother are so much better than kids. . .) and I want to make sure that I am around to enjoy them and be able to keep up with them too.

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6. Decreased stress and helps me figure things out. Remember my Dad’s rule about running?

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–> if you need to figure something out, it doesn’t matter what it is, just go for a run, and it will help. I find this to be always true. . . and when I come back after a run, I am in a much better place to spend time with Luke and enjoying sitting on the floor reading books or chasing him around the house. .. without having what I am worried or thinking about getting in the way of just enjoying time being Luke’s Mom.

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Which is what it is all about!! Smile

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21 Responses to Why working out makes me a better Mom

  1. Haha, Legally Blonde – nice!

    Great post! 🙂
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  2. I love your outlook! I know so many moms who don’t work out because they say they need that time to be with their kids, but I think being fit and healthy makes everyone better- at being parents, but also being a good wife/husband, friend, employee, etc.
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  3. Jackie

    LOVE this!

  4. I have been battling a small cold (which is more annoying than being actually sick) and cancelled my morning class on monday. I felt well enough to teach my tuesday afternoon class and I think the sweating did me a world of good! My attitude is much better. I love the stress release I get from a good workout. Even when its a class I’m teaching which means I have to focus on the class, not on outside problems, moving my body just makes me feel better!
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  5. We’re speaking the same language today, Katie! I’m guesting writing at Kiss My List today about the ways running makes me one fierce mama. Love this!
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  6. Love this (and also love Legally Blonde)! I know if I go a few days without some kind of workout my energy is down and I start to get cranky.

    We have an elliptical in our bedroom, and Miss A hops on to exercise from time to time. I recently asked her why she was exercising, and she told me it was so she could be healthy and strong. It makes me feel good to be setting that example for her.
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  7. Luke. I just can’t.
    He’s just SO cute!

    I love your approach on working out/motherhood. I hope to one day be in that same mindset! It’s so important to take time for YOU, not to mention the health benefits 🙂

  8. Man, grandkids on the brain ALREADY? Luke better get to finding a girlfriend ASAP 😉 Love this and all the reasons – you’re such a good mommy!
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  9. LOVE the Legally Blonde reference ;). I am NOT ashamed to admit that that is one of my absolute favorite movies!
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  10. I love this post! You are setting such a great example for Luke. I can just see the three of you (your dad, you, and Luke) all running side by side in 10 years!
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  11. I love legally blonde! I didn’t need the hint to know what movie the quote was from 🙂 All great reasons to exercise and how it helps your kids if you exercise!! Someday when I have kids I will definitely make sure I continue to exercise.
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  12. LOVE and AGREE! Every mom should read this post!

    Your dad’s advice is right – a run is a great thing to help gain some perspective & clarity. In fact, I hate making BIG decisions without sleeping on it, running on it & praying on it for 3 days.
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