The toughest time as a Mum is when your kids are toddlers and consume all your waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours. It is hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel – a time when you can have a life that resembles something close to that prior to kids.
Considering in an average week that we are at our kids beck and call for 168 hours, is it unreasonable to take 3 hours (1.8% of available time) to dedicate one hour, three times a week to ourselves?
Exercise is the perfect way to clear your mind and lose your Mummy muffin top. Did you know that an average step class will allow you to burn over 600 calories per hour? Staying fit and healthy yourself is paramount to being able to look after your kids. Studies have shown that when you exercise it clears the mind, lifts your mood and gives you energy. So by taking out a few hours a week to spend time on yourself, you are providing a calmer, happier and healthier Mum for your kids.
Start this routine while your kids are young so they don’t know any different! I always found gym creches to be a supportive and fun environment for my kids. It provided a safe place where they got to hone their socialization skills while I tried to tone my post baby body. I understand that not all kids cope well in this type of environment and not everyone is in a position to afford a gym membership. If you are more an outdoor type of person, even a chance to tag team on babysitting duties with your partner to go for walk, run, ride or swim is time well spent.
So instead of feeling guilty about leaving your kids to have some ‘me time’ consider that you are doing them a favour, as it will give them a happier, healthier and more patient Mum for the other 165 hours a week.
What are your thoughts? Let me know.