Why Moms should strength train
Before I became a Mom strength training was not a regular part of my routine. I either played sports or ran. The demands of motherhood have made me realize that I need to strength train to stay healthy in my everyday life.
If you think about a daily life for a mom you would see she carries, lifts, bends, rotates and runs numerous times a day. I have 3 children 45lbs, 35lbs, and 20lbs. Nearly every waking minute I have contact with at least one of my boys and most of the time I’m getting tag teamed by 2 or 3! This includes putting all 3 in their car seats, taking them out, putting the stroller in the car, putting groceries in the car and out, wearing one on my back half on the day, holding my youngest while I nurse, bending down cleaning toys, taking laundry baskets around the house, walking around our acreage, chasing the kids, pushing them on their bikes, picking them up if they fall or need a hug, carrying them to their bed when they fall asleep and carrying them again when they fall asleep in my bed. It’s non-stop physical labor.
I want to be confident enough in my strength to pick up my children without having to think about the movement. I don’t want to be sore or tell my boys I can’t carry them or give them a piggyback ride just because I am not strong enough. I want to chase my kids, play tag with them, teach them how to ride a bike and never have a 2nd thought if I am able or not.
Moms do not need to train to get “their” bodies back. They need to train for function, mobility and the physical stress of everyday life. The fitness industry needs to stop focusing and putting pressure on moms for aesthetics but rather focus on overall health and function of women. If we put our energy into creating a complete and healthy body then the end result is a trouble free physical journey AND a satisfying reflection in the mirror. However, the opposite is rarely achievable in that if we purely concentrate on trying to get our bodies back without addressing any post-partum injuries then those injuries will plague us down the road and prevent us from maintaining a healthy, functioning physical life.