For busy moms, it can be hard to find any time to cram exercise into their schedules. Every minute of the day seems to be devoted to taking care of children, working or cleaning. But moms should always make exercise a priority. And one of the best exercises they can do is strength training.
Strength training may conjure up images of muscular men, but it’s great for women too. Here are some of the benefits for moms.
What mom couldn’t use a little more energy throughout the day? Regular exercise can fight the sluggishness many moms feel. Anything that can stop us from feeling like we can barely keep our eyes open would be a welcome addition to our schedules.
People tend to associate cardio work like running with weight loss, and cardio is an effective tool for that. But another great tool to fight the battle of the bulge is strength training.
Muscles burn more energy than fat, even when they are resting. So even if you sit on the couch and watch television during your last waking hour of the day, your muscles will help you burn extra calories. That’s something every mom should love.
It Zaps Stress
Moms have so much stress that it’s rare when we don’t feel the weight of the world crushing down on us. We stress about our children’s health and development, money, jobs, being too busy and those awful feelings of mom guilt.
Strength training gives us an outlet for that stress. Lifting some weights while listening to inspiring music not only helps our bodies, it helps our minds. And it’s a healthy way to do it, unlike some bad habits you could develop instead to help you cope with stress.
It Will Protect Your Bones
Here’s an unfair fact of life – women are likelier than men to end up with osteoporosis. To protect our bones as much as possible, we need to do strength training. Strength training will also help us maintain better posture as we age, which is good news for women who don’t love that hunchback look.
You’ll Be Setting a Good Example
With obesity rates so high for children, it is more important than ever to make sure your kids understand the importance of exercise. Whether you like it or not, your kids are watching everything you do and they’re learning their habits from what they see. If you tell them exercise is important, it doesn’t drive home the message as much as seeing you out there sweating it out will.
As a parent, you need to be the best example you can be for your kid’s sake. Strength training can give you the chance to look like a hero – both to yourself and your child.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.