Mom Sweat

When I was a young, married, yuppie sans child, I always found the time for a good workout.  EVERY DAY.  Religiously.  And on weekends when I had the entire day to myself, I would sometimes spend two hours sweating, crunching, stretching, and breathing my way into my skinny jeans and tiny skirts.  Life was good.  When I became pregnant with Jake in 2010, I continued my workouts, albeit a little less intense, I still managed to run between 4 and 5 miles every other day, and fit in power walks in between.  Again, time was on my side here; I was only responsible for myself!

And then I had Jake.  Workouts continued on a daily basis, but I had to fit them in whenever I could get a spare 30 minutes! So long hour-long sweat fests.  Sayonara two-hour weekend running adventures at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain.  I learned to cram my workout into my already crammed day.  I even (by the grace of God) managed to train for two half marathons post-Jake.  That took the scheduling of the President’s social secretary, let me tell you.

Our fellow blogger, Sarah, posted about how she loves setting a wonderfully healthy example for her daughters by exercising regularly, and I could not agree more.  And to any mom who works out regularly, just getting that workout in is an accomplishment in and of itself.  Seriously!  Mom Sweat is the best sweat there is, so even if you just make it out the door and down two blocks before you check your watch and realize you have to tend to a Mom responsibility, at least you got yourself out of the door and got your heart rate up.  Take it and RUN WITH IT!

6 thoughts on “Mom Sweat

  1. Great post – thank you for the reminder of how important it is to get out there, moving!

    I used to turn my nose up at anything less than a 30 minute workout. I have had to shift my attitude and adopt a mantra of “something is always better than nothing.”

    I try to do stuff on the weekend that involves my kids because it places far less guilt on me. Now that they’re older, it’s a little easier. Back before Mother Nature decided to puke snow and frigid temps all over us, we used to regularly go to the soccer fields with a ball and kick it around. Hubs and I would take turns playing with the kids while the other would run laps around the field. Sometimes, one of the kids would try to get in on the field-running action. By far, my most favorite activity to do is to take the kids out in the jogging stroller – they still enjoy it (I have a feeling that won’t last much longer) and we often stop to look at things along the way. Last May, I ran a 10K with the double stroller and the kids LOVED it. This year the race course has been extended to 7 miles and my kids are a lot heavier, but I’m doing it again. We’ll see if everyone makes it through in one piece!


  2. You are an inspiration! I am trying to get myself back into my normal workout routine. It just makes me feel so much better and makes me a better mom because I can keep up with her. I also have my husband to thank for being willing to take care of our little cherub while I am working up my mom sweat!


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