By Jesse Kepka
NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist
Being a mom is like doing high knees through a mine field, 24/7/365, and it’s wearing on mind, body and spirit. Though rewarding (when you have a moment that you discover they really do listen, similar to finding a water hole in a desert), we’re constantly lifting the little ones own mind, body and spirit, even if ours is wiped from the mine field. I know you, moms. I have 2 boys that are complete opposites and require completely different love, affection and disciplinary strategies.
As the start of the new school year is upon us, consider personal training as an extra muscle you can give yourself to cope. Very soon after I started personal training of my own when my kids were teeny, I realized how much better I became at the daily struggles. I felt stronger and knew I could manage each day to the end. I had so much more patience and understanding for them. I had a stronger spirit and mental game when they both decided to go through a particularly horrendous phase at the same time. (Terrible 3’s AND one that just learned to walk?! Game-over.)
So not only did I start to consider my weekly session as anxiety medications, I realized that instead of the side effects of real meds, my own side effects were only positive. In place of high blood pressure, sedation and depression, I was becoming leaner, stronger and exponentially more energetic. If the boys were running circles after ice cream and side-swiped me (on purpose or accident, I never knew), I stood steady. If your body is steady, your mind is strong, and your heart glowing. It’s all entwined.
As my boys are now older (8 and 10) they value self-care, they know how important it is to exercise, and they’re even choosing healthy snacks on their own.
I know all this to be true, as I experienced it first hand. It was powerful enough to become a personal trainer in effort to do the same for you. Let me show you. You won’t be disappointed.