Before you get up in arms, thinking that this is a body-shaming article, rest assured that this article is solely focused on empowering bodies of all types. Fitness is a spectrum, and being fit has almost nothing to do with the way you look and everything to do with the way you function and feel. When you work out and make positive fitness goals for yourself as a mother, you’re far more likely to parent positively and be a happier person all around. Not to mention the strength you develop when you exercise daily! All of that weight-lifting and cardio adds up to being able to chase after and keep up with playfully errant toddlers all day, every day.
In the end, what makes fit mothers better parents? Let’s find out.
Fit Mothers Have Greater Patience
When you’re exhausted, and you feel weak, it can be so much harder to have patience with a screaming kid who’s throwing spaghetti at the wall—and in your face. Luckily, exercising can help mitigate those circumstances.
Getting in a quick morning workout, even just jogging around the neighborhood with the kids in the stroller, makes it that much easier to have patience throughout the day.
Fit Mothers Know How to Manage Time
Speaking of making time for workouts in the morning, being a fit mother means being able to manage time really well. Any parent will tell you that having kids is a full-time, 24/7 job. So, when is there time to sleep, much less workout?
The answer is that fit mothers know how to manage their time. It’s a strength that comes from internal discipline—and also just from a need to stay on top of their fitness. In that way, fit mothers are like super-superheroes.
Fit Mothers Have More Energy
It’s just a fact that exercise gives you more energy. When you’re a new mother—or even if you’ve been a mother for many years—more energy is guaranteed to be at the top of your list of desires.
Having more energy no doubt makes you a better parent. When you’re not tuckered out at the end of the day, you’re able to do more with your kids and be a more engaging and present parent.
All of this is not to say that mothers who don’t exercise aren’t great parents. Parenting, like fitness, is a spectrum, and we all fluctuate from time to time. It’s always important, as with anything, to try to do your best no matter what.