When a woman becomes a mother, it is natural that her attentions are diverted to ensuring that her children are healthy and well, often resulting in her taking less care of herself. However, there are plenty of reasons why a mother should exercise regularly.
Why mothers should exercise
Mothers are busy people, and regular exercise will enable a woman to enjoy energy boosts that help her to get through her day. Exercise is also known to relieve stress and helps to fight against those almost inevitable bouts of anxiety and depression. Additionally, it will make the body stronger, better able to fight off infections and other illnesses, and perhaps most importantly, help keep a woman looking and feeling good.
There are some essentials for exercise that every mother should have in her kit bag.
What shoes to exercise in will depend on the type of exercise undertaken. For example, if a mother decides to take up running or jogging, she will need to wear proper running shoes rather than fashion sneakers. If tennis is her thing, then she should wear tennis shoes, etc. Used regularly, exercise shoes will be worn down pretty quickly and should be replaced at least every six months.
Again, these will depend on the type of exercise being carried out. For yoga, clothes should be loose to allow freedom of movement and comfort. For aerobics and similar workouts, it might be preferable to wear tight-fitting, stretchy workout gear that will not get in the way or hinder energetic movement. They might not be the sexiest of items, but women’s compression socks can help to improve the flow of blood during exercise, and may improve injury recovery times and lessen sore muscles. Visit online stores to find suitable compression socks for mothers.
A non-slip yoga mat makes yoga practices and Pilates workouts at home that much safer, not to mention easier. A mat will stop a person from slipping on hardwood floors and help to cushion the body. Exercise works best when teamed with weight training, so a few dumbbells of varying weights are a must-have for an at-home workout. Begin with the lightest weights available, and as strength increases, move on to heavier dumbbells.
While it may not seem like an essential, a heart rate monitor that can go around the wrist like a watch is a good motivating tool. It can monitor the exertion level and help to keep track of how many calories are being burned off during each workout, so that she can determine whether she is doing too little exercise or too much.
Music should be considered the last essential on any exercise list. Listening to music while exercising, whether through headphones while on a run or blaring from a stereo while performing an aerobic workout in the living room, will help to motivate and keep exercise fun.
If a mother keeps herself fit and healthy, then she will not only feel better about herself, but also be better able to care for her family’s wellbeing.
Author/Contributor: Luke S.