For Mother’s Day, I look forward to receiving a sweet kiss from my 11-year-old son, opening the gift he made for me at school (which I always cherish), and that feeling of deep love and gratitude which comes with the day that’s all about MOM.
But, if I’m being completely honest, what I look forward to most is the rare gift of sleeping in a little late this Sunday. How is it that us moms feel so tired all the time?
Based on a study conducted in 34 countries as part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), moms have good reason to feel exhausted. Mothers work hard both inside AND outside the home, carrying the brunt of managing the family and children’s activities. In fact, this study quantified that each child reduces a women’s already limited discretionary time by 2.3 hours a week.
With so little extra time, it’s no wonder that the Working Mother Research Institute found that 48% of working moms and 42% of stay at home moms feel guilty that they’re not doing enough to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to exercise.
But moms needn’t feel GUILTY about taking time to take care of themselves. Exercising is good for you – AND your children.
Multiple studies* have identified the importance of parental modeling, particularly when it comes to physical activity, as correlating directly to healthy development and behavior in our children. The more active we are, the more active they are, which means healthier bodies for parent and child alike.
And when it comes to exercise for moms, the “how” is just as important as the “why”. Simply put: Moms need to strength train! According to the National Center for Health and Statistics, only 20% of women are strength training. A pretty low number, considering how important strength training is to our health and longevity.
According to the Mayo Clinic, strength training benefits moms in three key ways:
- Preserves muscle mass
- Controls weight
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis
Get this: As many as 33% of American women over the age of 65 will suffer from a hip fracture. Of those who sustain hip fractures, upwards of 20% will die of related complications. And, bone density loss doesn’t just happen when you are older — bone density starts to decline after age 30! Over 50% of bone loss happens BEFORE menopause.
But here is the GREAT news: except in very rare cases, this is fully preventable – and REVERSABLE. Strength training plays a crucial role in creating and maintaining healthy bones. But you have to strength train properly to get the benefits. Overtraining can actually have the reverse effect, actually impairing mineral intake and absorption.
This is why I am particularly grateful for Koko. It is a way for me to maintain my personal health while setting a good example for our son, and also provides my own mom with a path to strength and health.
My mom celebrated her 80th birthday last year and I am proud to say she has lifted 2,691,995 pounds and completed 669 Koko strength sessions! She had a nasty fall recently which, for some women, could be fatal. Because of her strength and bone health, my mom is absolutely fine and healthy, no broken bones whatsoever. That is something to be grateful for, indeed.
So to all the moms out there, there is no better act of love as a mother than to take care of yourself and exercise so that you can enjoy your family for many, many years to come. Happy Mother’s Day to all!
President and Co-Founder
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