We all know the benefits of exercise. We know we will sleep better, have more energy, boosted self-confidence, lower risk of heart disease, and increase positive mood (among other things). We also know the benefits of friendships. We know we will have a more positive outlook, increase our ability to cope with upsets, increase our motivation, and generally be more happy people. What a lot of people don’t know is the dynamic effect of blending exercise and friends. I’m going to tell you about the time I experienced this powerful combination for myself.
What Baby Bliss?
Rewind 19 months ago in my life and you would find a frazzled, hungry, sleep-deprived new mother who desperately needed a shower. I was in the shock of my life. Where was the glorious baby bliss I had been expecting? Maybe it was hiding with that elusive sleep I had been seeking. I was utterly confused, questioning my every move, and mostly lonely. Having a baby had turned my world upside down. It was a total upheaval of my life.
Finding My Village
I knew the facts. I knew exercise would help me. I knew talking to friends would help me. It was just doing it. Thankfully, I had a wonderful friend who invited me to visit her group of mom-friends. They welcomed me with open arms. They nodded in complete understanding when I calculated the miniscule amount of sleep during the past week. They answered the questions that had perplexed me for months. Most of all, they encouraged me. I left feeling hopeful, empowered, and supported. For the first time, I felt I could do this mom-thing and that I wasn’t alone. These people became my village.
Getting Back in the Swing
I also started working out again. There’s something about sweating, breathing hard, and burning muscles that makes you feel accomplished. Exercising is also a huge mood booster. Gradually, life started to make more sense and we established a new normal. Then, something happened that changed my world.
I attended my first stroller class. It was everything I loved rolled into one. Moms. Babies. Sweat. Talking. Laughing. More Sweat. Endorphins. I left feeling on top of the world. Not only did I get a great workout, but I was with my baby, and I had made so many new mom-friends. That was the beginning of my adventure with Oh Baby Fitness Central AR. I knew I wanted to provide other mothers a way to exercise that was fun, uplifting, and empowering.
Why Group Fitness
Everything is better with friends. Exercising is no exception. Benefits of group fitness are:
- Better performance. You will push harder in a group people versus working out alone.
- Longevity. You will stick with your exercise regimen longer.
- Consistency. You will be held accountable. Text messages from your friends asking, “Where were you today?” is highly motivating.
- FUN. It’s easier to endure burning muscles when you can laugh through the exercise.
- Comradery. When you complete a tough workout together, an instant bond is created.
- Sky High Endorphins. You will get endorphins (feel good chemical) from working out + the extra endorphins from being around friends.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a mommy. You understand the struggle of wanting to exercise but not finding the time. You might be long overdue for some friend-time. You understand what it means to sacrifice. You’ve been putting someone else’s needs above your own for so long, I doubt you recognize it. It’s time to do something for you. I’m giving you permission. Let’s start with exercising. Know of any friends who want to work out with you? I do!
I can’t wait for you to join us,