When our second daughter Summer arrived last July the saying, “being a parent is the hardest job in the world” became a reality for me. Caring for two little girls tested my patience and my sanity everyday. Pile on owning your own business on top of the rigors of parenthood and life often seemed like it was spiraling out of my control. It was evident very early on that I would need to find a way to deal with the daily stress of being a working parent. Being that my preferred form of therapy has always been workout classes this is naturally where I turned. Exercise has always helped me find mental clarity in overwhelming situations and allowed me to re-establish balance in my life.
So the solution to my problem was simple, fitness needed to become part of my daily routine.
At first I would try and squeeze in classes during the day but was never consistent with my routine. Unanswered emails or the girls schedules would take precedence over my pilates classes. The only way I could keep fitness as a grounding force in my life was if I woke up at 4:30 am and started my day with a workout. At first it was torture setting my alarm for 4 am but once I established my routine I began to love it. Then slowly with the implementation of this routine I became a more patient mother, a more loving wife, a more focused entrepreneur and an overall happier person.
Fitness helped me re-establish the balance in my life that I so badly needed.
You just need a little motivation in your schedule.
Some of you are reading this right now and are thinking 4 am – yikes – I can’t. Actually, yes you can. Figure out what will motivate you to get out of bed when its still dark outside and make it happen. For me it is a cup of coffee that I can enjoy uninterrupted or a new workout outfit. Your schedule will become more routine if you find what motivates you and USE IT.
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Work hard play hard. Exercise & indulge.
Another added bonus of daily workouts? I don’t feel guilty indulging in the occasional ice cream dates with the girls. As a mom and a fitness enthusiast establishing healthy eating habits in our home is something that is extremely important to me. However, I also want them to see that there should be a balance and that life should not be lived in extremes. I want to teach them that by leading a healthy and active lifestyle that it is okay to enjoy treats every so often.
Finally if you can’t tell “work hard, play hard” is our motto in the Brennan household. We try and lead by example to set this tone on a daily basis. I want to teach the girls that by waking up early in the morning and putting in the hard work I can then truly enjoy quality play time with my family.
My daily exercise routine helps me achieve the mom work life balance that so many of us are desperately seeking. By taking that hour out of my day I am a better mom and an overall better person. If you still need more convincing I have put together a list below of all of the benefits of adding fitness into your life. My best piece of advice to kickstart your morning routine is to incentivize yourself with a cute new workout outfit. Happy running friends and I hope you too can find the balance and happiness in your life.
Mom Benefits of Exercising Regularly
Helps to establish a schedule and stick to a routine. With the chaos of motherhood this is essential for survival.
Get in some uninterrupted “me” time. Think of yourself as a battery, if you aren’t charged you will have nothing to give.
Release endorphins, the feel good hormone produced from getting your sweat on. You will feel more confident in yourself and your decisions.
Connect with a community. I have connected with my best friends in workout classes.
Lead by example. Showing your kids the importance of physical fitness at an early age will help instill this healthy habit in their life.