Strength for Motherhood

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase - or seen the image with the phrase, "Summer bodies are made in the winter." If you haven't, the image often shows someone running in the snow. It is a very clear message intended to motivate, and it does.

However, now that I've had a child, that same statement doesn't reflect my life or my personal fitness goals. Instead of worrying about how my body might look at the pool, I worry about how my body feels. I want my body to feel good when I'm doing all of the things that being a parent requires... and I want it to feel good beyond just the summer months.

A typical day at home includes at least 15 trips up and down the stairs (I live in a townhouse, so there's no shortage of them!) sometimes while carrying the baby, other times while dodging the basset hound who loves to sleep on the landing.

In order to leave the house solo, I have to make sure the stroller is in the trunk and the carseat is in the back, not to mention the 5,000 trips in and out of the house to grab last-minute items. In and out, up and down - it's like I'm a pinball in a machine.

Folding laundry, picking up my little girl and/or moving the Little People toy I've stepped on for the 20th time means leaning over, bending down and repeating... over and over and over again.

So instead of worrying about how my body might look in a swimsuit, I care for my body as I adjust to motherhood and all that it entails. I want my body to look great, sure, but that's not what drives me anymore. I'm driven by my desire to fulfill my role as a mom and that's why I'd rather say, "Bodies for motherhood are made all year long!"

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