As long as I can remember, the gym has always been my go to place. Having a good day? I’m going to continue it by getting in a great workout! Having a bad day? I’m going to make myself feel better by getting in a good sweat sessions! Having an emotional day? Ha! Those were my favorite gym sessions because I could let out all of my emotions on the weights with no judgement. The cold, hard, steel didn’t care if I’m having a good, bad, emotional or whatever day, but it was always there. Working out has been my therapy for years, but what it looks like has evolved as my roles and responsibilities as a wife and mother have changed.
Even through my pregnancy, I made it to the gym regularly. Like I said, the gym has always been my go to place and working out helped me manage the array of thoughts that goes through a pregnant woman’s head. (Cue apologies to our husbands!) But, then my son came which was obviously life changing in the most incredible of ways, but it also left me, a lifer in the gym, grasping for normalcy without the one constant I’ve always had – the gym. First off, I wasn’t allowed to work out (the way I wanted to) for 6 weeks. Then, I finally got the clearance from my doctor and had the motivation to go to the gym, but I didn’t have the time because my son needed me constantly and my husband was traveling for work. I knew I had to work out because that’s what I do and it has always made me feel better, but working out the way I always have was just not physically possible at the time.
However, where there’s a will there is a way. I decided I was going to continue my fitness journey, but in a different way. I started at home workouts, in my living room, with my son attached to me 100% of the time. It gave me a sense of normalcy and I was seeing changes in my postpartum body. I kept at it, increasing the intensity and adding weights when I (rarely) had a free hand. What I have discovered is that fitness looks different for everyone and, in my case, fitness can look different through various stages of your life. There isn’t a right or a wrong other than if you choose to neglect yourself completely. There is nothing wrong with a mom taking care of herself. Instead, moms need to take a few minutes each day to do things that make them happier. A happy, healthy mommy is a better mommy. Beyond that, your kids won’t always listen to what you say, but they certainly will emulate what you do so make sure you are setting a good example for them.
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- Keri Shaw