If you have kids or furbabies, maybe you can relate: I sometimes feel guilty when I’m working out. It happens out on a long ride or run. I start thinking I should be playing with my son. Or walking the dog. Or cleaning out the basement.
Heck, even if you don’t have dependents, I bet you’ve had a running list of things to do go through your mind as you’re on a treadmill.
Usually, I can get that nagging feeling out of my head, but some days, I feel like a bad mom if I’m outside running while my son is in daycare still and my dog is lying on the couch.
When the guilt creeps in, I try to tell myself that exercise keeps me sane, and a sane mom is a happy mom … and a happy mom means a happy family, right? I also tell myself that A) being a fit and healthy mom is best for my family, B) that all this work I’m putting in now means I will be able to keep up with my active toddler in the future and C) it’s way too cold to be jogging with a toddler anyway.
Usually, I can convince myself to not cut the work out short. Usually.
I came across a posted question on the side Parent to Parent that addressed the same guilty feeling. The advice from parents was unanimous: The whole family benefits from a mom’s (or dad’s) wellness.
So, carve out some time for your health. Some things just have to get set aside in order to make life work – I’m looking at you, pile of papers on the kitchen counter and messy bathroom sink.
So, I’m curious. Have you ever felt guilty working out?