Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, a mom to babies or to teenagers, the challenges and demands of motherhood often mean that you are last on the list. Homework, laundry, getting up with the baby all night, soccer games and dinner; where does an hour at the gym fit in? The truth is, that one hour allows you to take a deep breath, regroup, and recharge. It gives you a much-needed boost of energy and patience and makes you a better mom.

Making Time for Self-Care

Taking care of yourself in one important way creates a domino effect in different areas of your life. Setting aside one hour for yourself at the gym may prompt you to make a filling, healthy lunch when you get home. You then have an overall better day and muster up the energy to take a long, hot shower after the kids go to bed. Maybe you even shave your legs or use a face mask. All these little things add up, and self-care helps boost confidence and allows us to feel human again. We hear it all the time because it’s true: you simply can’t pour from an empty cup.

The Benefits of Exercise

By exercising and taking care of yourself, you are also setting an excellent example for your children. They will learn from watching you that it’s an important part of life, prompting them to do the same thing as they grow older. Exercise is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle and keeping your heart, bones, and muscles strong and capable. It also reduces your risk of heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, improves sleep and your chances of living longer.

We all know that exercise has countless physical benefits, but the mental benefits maybe even more valuable for tapped-out mothers. Exercise is an excellent way to boost energy, relieve stress and improve your mental health. Your body releases chemicals while you exercise that lift your mood and allow you to feel more relaxed, reducing your risk of depression.

A Way to Love Your Body

Many women see exercise as a way to achieve a certain pants size. The magic is found in using exercise as a tool to feel better, to manage stress and boost happiness. When you’re moving your body and using your legs to run or your arms to lift, it allows you to appreciate your body for all the things it can do. Most mothers struggle with body image and feel like their body isn’t really “theirs” anymore. Move your body in a way that feels good so that you can reclaim it. Your body may not look like it did a decade ago, but it’s still yours and ready to be used and appreciated.

The Magic of an Hour Away from Your Kids

Squeezing in that hour can feel impossible; where will you possibly find another hour in your day? Some moms go early in the morning or during their lunch break. Leave your partner in charge of the bedtime routine a couple of times a week. Almost all gyms have childcare options, which makes it easier to sign up for the Saturday morning yoga class or go during the weekday if you’re a stay-at-home mom. All moms know the magic of a blissful hour without anyone asking for a snack or needing a diaper change, and it often has the power to shift your mindset for the day. You may even find your mom BFF in a downward dog.

Once you make yourself a priority, you will feel the benefits of it in all aspects of your life. The power of an hour at the gym is that it is an hour to yourself, taking care of yourself. You can clear your mind, regain your patience and feel more like you, which allows you to feel like a better mom. Is there anything cuter than the kids you haven’t seen in an hour?

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