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5 Ways Exercising Made Me a Better Parent

Exercise is one of those things parents successfully procrastinate todo. Most of us, make every excuse not to give ourselves those 30-45 minutes of exercise. All while knowing, after exercising is when the reward really sets in. As a mom of two toddlers, I’ve used every tired excuse; I don’t have time, I won’t complete all of today’s tasks, my body hurts, I AM TIRED AS A MOTHER. Had I known then,(3 years ago) what I know now about exercise I would have began exercising much sooner. Exercising has this weird, supernatural ability to make us better people and much better parents. Here is the run down on what happens when you exercise. Exercise increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, and endocannabinoids. (SAY WHAAAT, you know what that means right? – The natural cannabis like molecule produced by the body). These are all brain chemicals responsible for making us feel happy, confident, capable, less stress and less anxiety and some doctors say even less physical pain. In short, exercising makes us high and happy naturally. As a parent, I would argue it’s the single best thing one can do for themselves. As funny as it may sound, exercising increases energy levels and kids, well, kids have A LOT of energy. As soon as I became better at exercising regularly, I noticed myself becoming a better parent. I am passionate about being the kind of parent my children can depend on for everything. I know they will draw their strengths and habits from me, so I need to stay healthy for them as much as I do for me. I thought it would be useful to compile a list of ways exercising regularly can make parents better parents, so here it goes. 

  1. Exercise makes a happier parent. Happy parents are generally more supportive and willing to teach. 
  2. Routine exercise provides clarity.
  3. To exercise regularly you need to keep a good daily schedule. The discipline to make a schedule and keep to it or find a way to complete the task in that schedule make us more effective at managing our own lives.
  4. With regular exercise naturally comes more energy and more energy extends our patience. 
  5. Exercise has been shown to cause the hippocampus (part of the brain vital for memory) to get bigger. Making easier to remember all of the things we need to remember as parents. Like schedule changes, and big assignment deadlines, or days off of  school.

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