Fitness related mom-guilt is a huge struggle for moms. How many days are you your last priority? Mommin’ ain’t easy, and it’s only natural to put ourselves last but fitness is too important to put off and below, I’ll explain why. It’s time to get over the mom-guilt and get to sweatin’!
I love to run. I always have, and I always will–not because I love the way I fit in my jeans (although that’s a huge bonus), but because I’m obsessed with serotonin and dopamine–the two powerful chemicals responsible for “runner’s high”. If you’re a mom with small children, you probably know what I’m talking about.
We all know the importance of exercise on physical health, right? That’s probably why you started exercising in the first place–to lose a few pounds. But let’s take a look at the benefits of exercise on your mental health.
Watch this quick video to find effects of exercise on the brain.
• Exercise helps with depression.
There have been many studies done about exercise not just helping, but actually treating mild to moderate depression–better than prescription medications in fact. There are many reasons for this. Exercise triggers chemical changes in the brain that bring on a sense of calm. It also releases endorphins & serotonin, powerful chemicals in your brain that boost you with energy and an overall sense of well being, or what I call “the feel goods”.
• Exercise helps with anxiety.
I never struggled with this until my first baby left the womb–then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Exercise relieves anxiety through the production of new neurons (which are more excitable than old ones) and through the release of endorphins.
• Exercise helps you deal with stress.
You know that tight feeling in your chest you get when you just feel overwhelmed? Or maybe yours is in the form of a headache, stomach issues, or lack of energy. Exercise helps with all of that. When you exercise, your brain produces…you’ll never guess…endorphins (can I just keep saying endorphins over and over?)—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and relieve stress.