I’ve been heavy lifting on and off for about 2 years. However, I’ve just gotten serious about it again 4 months ago. Currently I am following Strong Lifts 5×5.
“Stronglifts 5×5 uses five free weight compound exercises: the Squat (find out why it’s important for women to squat) , Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press and Barbell Row. You do three of these exercises each workout, three times a week, for about 45 minutes per workout. You Squat every workout, three times a week”. Read more: http://stronglifts.com/5×5/.
My heavy lifting journey has been a rewarding one so far. It also has even impacted my parenting. Here’s how heavy lifting made me a better mother.
1. Time alone. When I’m lifting heavy, I get time alone. It’s the only alone time I ever get. During this time alone I get to zone out and let my thoughts wonder. I don’t have to worry about who’s sad, who needs something, or anyone else’s needs except my own. After a heavy lifting session I feel rejuvenated, therefore I have more energy and patience for my kids.
2. Stress Reliever. Heavy lifting helps me relieve stress. There are days when I go into the gym feeling very stressed. Once I’m done working out the stress is gone. After a gym sessions I’m back to my care free mommy self. There is a reason for that, and if you want to know why check out my post on The Benefits Of Heavy Lifting for Women.
3. Makes Me Feel Accomplished. I’m going to be honest in saying that sometimes I don’t feel accomplished as a mother. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have anything to offer my kids outside of being their mom. Heavy lifting gives me a sense of accomplishment and I get to share the joy of my accomplishments with my family.
4. Gives Me Confidence. This was an unexpected benefit for me. Growing stronger every week has given me so much confidence. I never knew my body was capable of lifting heavy things, until now. Now I feel more confident in other areas of my life, including my parenting.
5. Helps Me Focus. I will admit I have issues completing things. I’ve been trying to work out that. Heavy lifting has helped me with this. It forces me to stay focused on the task at hand. This has translated over into my life as a mother. Now when I say I’m going to do something I follow through with it.
6. I’m Stronger. This is a given with the program. However, now I don’t have to depend on my husband for certain things. We live on the third floor apartment. I have to carry groceries, laundry, and etc. down the stairs. This used to be a challenge for me, so I would wait for my husband to do it. Now I can carry very heavy things, and it’s no longer a challenge.
Overall heavy lifting as made me a happier person, and that impacts my family greatly. They see how much joy it brings me and that joy transfers to them.