Welcome back mums. This week I have been touching on the subject of MINDFULNESS and how it can help you on your journey to a happier, healthier you. It can contribute to a better sense of wellbeing, and help you cope with all the demands of being a mum – both wonderful and challenging. So today’s blog is going to be about the benefits of exercise.

Today is Thoughtful Thursday.

Finding motivation can be a tough. If your having sleepless nights because your baby needs feeding, or your little one(s) come in to wake you up. When you are lacking energy, the simplest tasks can feel harder – let alone finding the motivation to exercise. I’ve been there! But just imagine how good it would make you feel if you could make that positive choice for yourself. We all know exercise is not only good for your bones, muscles and heart, but it also produces endorphins – those wonderful happy hormones, as I like to call them.

The Happy Hormones

The brain releases a chemical called Dopamine. It is this chemical that makes us happy. It acts as a neurotransmitter in our brain which is required for feelings of pleasure and happiness. This magic chemical is released when you exercise. And it doesn’t have to be just boring old uninspired workouts – you can dance, run, jump, weight train, play with your kids. Get moving, and get happy.

These happy hormones can do wonders for your mind AND your body. Read on to find out how exercise can change your day for the better.

Hello Energy

Exercise energises you. We all have those days when we just don’t feel like getting our butts off the sofa to go and workout. Yes I have those days too! But no matter how tired I feel, how busy my day day has been, I still prioritise time to go and do something for myself. Because I know that after my workout I will feel energised and happier, whether it is 15 minutes, 30, or an hour.

Bye Bye Stress

Exercise is a stress buster. Did you know that while we exercise, we are actually submitting ourselves to a low-level form of stress? So, each time we exercise, our body learns to deal with it better. This can reduce feelings of stress in the longer term. Why? Because during our work-out time we are raising the heart rate. In turn, this creates a set of hormonal changes that naturally occurs when we are stressed. So if we continue to exercise then our bodies will eventually get better at dealing with other stresses we encounter during our daily lives. Less stress and better coping mechanisms will lead to a better sense of wellbeing and simply put a happier life.

Anxiety is exhausting

As well as reducing stress, boosting energy and giving you confidence, exercise can be a great way to combat anxiety. There have been lots of recent studies that show how exercise can have a positive effect on anxiety. It’s those happy hormones and the way they give an immediate mood boost. So when if you feel anxious try a workout. I know when I have challenges, the best way for me to cope is to put on my favourite music, and get moving. For me, its the cross-trainer or some weights which help sooth my mind. But as well as addressing short-term anxiety, exercise can also help in the long term. By taking control of the way you look and feel, you can grow in confidence which can help combat anxiety.

Confidence is Key

Exercise is a confidence booster. This is especially important for us Mums, particularly in those first few months or even years after birth, when you are struggling you might be feeling under-confident about your body. The weight we gain during pregnancy can be really hard to shift – especially when you have so much else going on. I understand, as I was there after the birth of my first son.

Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about a quick fix.

We might often be surrounded by pressures to loose weight, especially as a new mum. There is so much pressure on women to look toned and beautiful the moment after they have had a baby. But life just isn’t like that. It took 9 months to grow your precious gift – and it will take time to recover from the pregnancy too.

But here at You Baby Beyond, our motto is Happy Body, Happy Mind, Happy Baby. When you don’t feel good about your body it can lead to low self-esteem, and have a ripple effect on other areas of your life. But when you start to exercise you will start to gain control back over the way you think and feel. Exercising makes you feel stronger. It will make you more independent. And as your confidence grows, you will feel so much better.

YOU are in control

These are just some of the many benefits you will encounter when you work out. But the only person who make that change is you. In taking one tiny step towards a fitter, healthier you. You can take back control of your life and how you feel about your body. No matter how intimidating it might seem, you will thank yourself. And we are here to help! We offer bespoke, personal care to each mum – working together to help you find a happier, healthier you.

Believe in yourself, you are amazing and you can do it!

Happy Body, Happy Mind, Happy Baby!