But here's the thing. How long do you want to be around for your children? Do you want to live a long life where you are able to move and have fun with them? Want to be able to grow old and play with your children's children?
If you are shaking your head yes, than guess what?! You MUST take some time for yourself each and every day NOW to stay healthy and active. This is not about vanity, seriously. I know that is what every magazine, social media influencer, and advertisement wants you to believe, but fitness is about SO much more than what you will look like. That is just the added bonus, but NEVER should be the reason you work out!
Exercise and healthy living has everything to do with your mental and physical wellness. By working out you are releasing endorphins which are your feel good hormones so that you start to have a positive outlook on life, you begin to feel confident, you are happy, less stressed, and less anxious. You also will be helping your heart and all of your organs; they need lots of blood flow to stay healthy and if you are sitting around all day not moving you are not allowing the blood to get to all of those organs fully.
Oh and if you want to be able to move well into your 70's and 80's; you MUST move (yep, NOW)! I'm not kidding-the aches and pains come from lack of movement. We are more than capable of growing old gracefully and there are plenty of elderly people who move like they are in their 40's and 50's and you know why they do? It's not from having good genes or whatever else you want to believe. It's because they have lived an active lifestyle where they have been moving every day; not exercising but moving.
So STOP with the vanity aspect of working out, it is so much more than that. You and your family need you to take those 30-40 minutes every day for yourself because you are worth it and your children want you to be an active part of their life for years to come.
No more mom guilt-you are exercising and eating healthy for your family and if they make statements about you working out and not paying attention to them, maybe instead of feeling guilty put it back on them and ask them to spend time with you by working out WITH you.
Win, Win for all!