As a mom you will do anything for your kids. You will stay up all night when they have a fever, you will take off work to get them to a doctor’s appointment, and you will sacrifice your personal money and time so that they have everything they need and want.
I just saw a study that said pregnant moms are 96% more likely to eat healthy. This is awesome since the newer research coming out shows that the nutrition of the mom through the placenta plays a large role on how healthy, and possibly whether the baby will have a predisposition towards obesity.
Once your baby is born and begins to grow, the attention continues to stay on your child and that is when many moms begin to slowly lose important parts of herself, and her health.
I was recently on a 90 minute call with over 200 thought leaders from around the world and one of the primary topics talked about was the idea that when YOU (moms), take care of yourself, you are modeling that behavior to your kids. Your kids will see that mommy makes time to cook healthy meals, read labels, workout with weights to become strong, and finds time to read a book or create a couple minutes for “mom” time.
I don’t need to tell you that your kids watch what you do and learn from what you do much more then what you say.
So on this call, we talked about the deep guilt that you feel as a mom when you are trying to decide between going for a workout for 30 minutes or playing with your kids, or between making a tasty and healthy 20 minute meal when a frozen pizza can be popped into the oven and you could clean your house instead.
But if we are to step back a moment and really think about it…
Knowing that our kids watch what we do…
We should actually feel MORE guilty if we aren’t taking the time for ourselves.
You might be reading this and 100% agree that you would be a better mom, wife, friend etc, if you carved out a little time in your crazy busy lives to help yourself (I have over 300 survey responses that basically say just that).
Awesome! You are one step closer to achieving that.
Others still might not buy into that premise, so I hope over the next months and years to provide you with so much data, case studies, experts, and so on that you too might become a part of this paradigm shift.
Since the release of my Fit Moms For Life DVDs nearly 5 years ago, and over 15,000 DVDs sold later, I can’t tell you the number of emails and FB messages I receive of stories from moms about how their kids are seeing them workout and want to join in. Their kids like to play the role of me (the trainer), and tell the mom what she should be doing. The stories, videos, and pictures are adorable and heartwarming, but they go much deeper then that. Those kids are laying a foundation and belief that exercise and healthy eating is what is part of a normal life, and that it is something they should do too since the person they admire most (their mom), is leading the way and setting the example. This of course isn’t a 100% guarantee that this child will grow up to be healthy, but it is an incredible start.
This past week at the Fit Moms Transformation Center we had to cancel classes for two days because of the cold temps and school was also cancelled which caused moms to be stressed out and kids to have too much energy.
I had an idea to offer an open gym for two hours. We wrote a workout on the board that the adults could do and the kids could do whatever. We announced this only a couple hours before the scheduled time and ended up having over 40 parents and kids show up.
It was so special to see these kids using the rowing machines with their mom, or carrying medicine balls, or trying to do pushups and enjoy it! The older kids raced (and lost), to their moms on the rowing machines, while others threw balls around and played tag.
I would like to end this by encouraging you to incorporate your kids into your workouts sometimes, and make sure that they see that you are taking your own health and wellness seriously. This can also apply to grandmas with their grand kids.
This is the best thing you can do for your kids.
The Fit Moms For Life 6 Week challenge is a program that a lot of moms are doing with their kids as young as 4 years old. The DVDs are easy to follow and some of them are body weight only so any child can be part of the workouts. We have groups starting in person and online in about a week, so join the over 300 who are already completed their 6 Week Challenge.
We will be sharing with you more about the program and getting those interested signed up if you haven’t already.