You woke up early, drank your smoothie, put yourself together, and had all intentions of working out until…the baby pooped again, he will not stop crying, the laundry needs putting away, and now the only motivation that you have left is just enough to pick of the messy pieces and pour yourself another cup of (soon to be cold) coffee.
If this described you, welcome to the club, Mama! The lack of motivation is not only felt by you, but it is felt by your friendly neighborhood mom, your homeschooling mom, your get your kids out of the door to the bus mom, and even your “picture perfect” athletic mom (not to mention me).
Furthermore, we all struggle with this feeling. After giving our kids the world, our motivation tends to leave with it, withdrawing us from a healthy mental state and retiring us from our fitness goals.
Moreover, how do we break the cycle?
I can sure tell you that the answer to this question is not hiding underneath the covers, nor is it forcing yourself to workout like it’s an obligation.
While the answer to this question may not be the exact same of every mama out there, here are 5 simple ways that anyone can relate too in helping you stay motivated in the gym (or home) workout as a mom!
Don't Let The Mom Guilt Bite
While the mom guilt is real in ALL OF US, changing your perspective of thinking can help lessen the impact.
Two thoughts to change your perspective:
- Your health affects your children’s health. Therefore, doing things to improve yourself, will in return, make you an even better mom!
- You are still you, even with kids. Having kids does not take away the fact that healthy is a necessity.
You Gave Birth, Honey!
Honey, you not only grew a human for nine months, but also gave birth to it! Whether vaginally or cesarean, it hurt like a mother!
Furthermore, does the discomfort of working out match the pain of birthing your child? Your answer was probably, “no”, which consequently, means that YOU ARE strong enough!
Are you struggling with motivation to get moving, Mama?
a.) Feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
b.) Feel like you can not make time to workout, but need too.
c.) Feel like you need an extra push to remind you that YOU DESERVE IT.
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Give Yourself Grace
We, as mothers, are not designed to do it all. WOW, SHOCKER, RIGHT?! Although it can tend to feel as if we are, we actually, are only made to do two things; take care of our children and take care of ourselves. Moreover, give yourself grace in that tasks may not always get done. If that task so happens to be your workout, throw the disappointment out of the window and try again tomorrow.
Additionally, give yourself grace, as sometimes reality may not meet your expectations quite yet. Health and fitness are a journey, not a destination. I know that is cliche’, however, the truth behind it is one of the most important thoughts us mamas need to remember!
Do It For The Head Turns
Do it for the, “Wow, she had a baby” head turns.
But in all seriousness,
while our bodies will never truly go back to the way they were before we had babies (who would want them to, anyways), having confidence in the hard work that we are putting into them, is key to feeling confident and motivated.
Health Improver or Stress Reliever?
The answer to that is both! You most likely know that working out releases endorphins. However, what you probably have not paired together is how those endorphins can help you steer away from postpartum depression.
By the same token, use working out as your stress reliever. The stress that your daily tasks, your responsibilities, and your family (yes, I just went there) put on you, simply moving can provide you with a way to escape from it all. Now, does working out sound more appealing?
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