Turns out being a mom, however, prepares you for everything. And no one was more surprised than I was to learn how my journey as a mom prepared me for my fitness journey.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day, here are 6 lessons from motherhood that carry over into fitness.
1. It’s a Crooked Path
Because that’s how life is. Progress is not completely linear, no matter how well intentioned and faithful the effort. Embrace the crook or the twist in the road.
Consistency will keep your progress going, and when you stop to breathe into the unexpected divergence, there is often something amazing to take with you as continue.
Just as you may learn something incredible about your child, you might take away something that enhances your workout.
2. It’s My Journey, and I’ll Cry if I Want to…
We are always comparing our lives to what we see around us. It’s human nature. That kid seems to be doing things quicker. Why does that kid seem to be so quiet and mine is not? Why is the person next to me losing weight faster? Why are they lifting so much heavier when we both started at the same time?
Because your journey – in motherhood and in fitness – is unique. In spite of the “perfect” techniques you read about, your journey is going to be different. Sometimes it will be more of what you hoped, sometimes not so much.
Suggestion: spend less time comparing your progress with others, or you may miss some of the knowledge and joy the moments of your journey present to you. And they will if you let them.
3. Sometimes Sh*t Happens and It’s Not Your Fault
The lesson here is always the magic in how you handle it. Do you pull a Mary Poppins and find something fun anyway for you and your child to do in spite of the unexpected? Do you do some sort of exercise once you get off the train, even if you never made it to class? Maybe you meditate on the train and take a later class?
Bonus: In both cases, you model some good behavior – either to your child or to yourself!
4. Sometimes Sh*t Happens and It Is Your Fault
As painstakingly careful as you try to be, sometimes you say something to your child you regret. Sometimes you make a decision that turns out not to be the best. It’s one of the worst feelings.
You can’t go back in time either way*, all you can do is learn from your mistake, remember it for next time, Talk to your child, embrace your pulled quad and forgive yourself and carry on. There is some lesson to be learned, and that in itself is a sort of gift, even though it wasn’t what you’d hoped for.
*If you have found a way to go back in time and take back regrets, please message me separately.
5. Intuition is Key
The access we have to instant knowledge is incredible, but sometimes information overload can prevent us from listening to our intuition. Intuition is powerful, and learning to listen to it is a practice.
Maybe you really weren’t feeling up to running that extra 5 miles after being sick, but you ignored that “gut feeling,” and thought you should be able to, so you did it anyway. Maybe that slowed your progress in recovery, and you ended up not being able to work out for a few more days. Or, maybe you really feel like you could lift more today… and you do!
Practice listening to your heart and your body.
6. Let’s Play
Mary Poppins said, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap – the job’s a game.”
This one is so simple, but so often gets thrown to the curb when we become adults. You can still be a responsible adult and make time to play. You can still achieve great results at the gym and have a sense of play and fun in the workout. In fact, we tend to want to do more of what’s fun. Silliness and play is so underrated.
Maybe give that person you celebrate on Mother’s Day the gift of fitness at Mark Fisher Fitness. Don’t worry—she’s ready for it! Schedule a one-hour Health and Hotness Strategy Session today.