Why I Make It A Priority to Workout

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Three days a week, I wake up at 5:30am. My entire family is sleeping as I creep around in the dark, throwing on some clothes, grabbing bottles of water, and sneaking out the back door as quietly as I can. Then I head to the gym. I workout as hard as I can for 40 minutes before leaving the class early so I can help my oldest get ready for school before his carpool arrives at 7:15am. You are probably thinking that I am crazy. Most of my friends also think this. To me, the sacrifice of losing an extra hour of sleep in order to exercise is totally worth it. I live my best life when I make working out a priority.

I have been exercising off and on since high school. As with anything, life happens and I will get out of it for short periods of time. Being a mom of two, it is more important than ever for me to be consistent with my exercise. It is 100% the best form of self care I can provide myself. Pushing heavy weights is therapeutic for me. It is like pushing the stress and frustration of life away.

After a good hard workout, I feel mentally lighter. The endorphins kick in and I feel energized and ready to take on the day. I feel calmer and have more patience with my kids. Let’s be real, exercise does not transform me into the perfect mother. However, the feeling I get overall in my mind and body allows me to better serve my family. Aside from the stress relief, I also sleep better, have more energy and experience better digestion when I am consistent with my exercise routine. When I get home from the gym, at least one of my kids is awake. They know that I was at the gym, and I am proud of the example that I am setting for them. It is important to me that they see me taking care of myself and staying healthy.

Everyone has a different fitness journey. Not everyone can or is willing to get up before dawn to fit in exercise. This is what I am doing right now. My fitness routine has changed over the years as my life changed. I have belonged to 3 different gyms, run in my neighborhood, done workout videos at home, and even used cardio machines in my garage.

All I am saying is that if you want to start a routine, do it. You won’t regret it!

Amanda Blaum
Amanda is a ride or die Metairie resident. Proud MCA and LSU alum, she moved right back home after college where she met and fell in love with her husband Jason. She left career life behind her to raise her two sweet and energetic sons, Benjamin and Zachary. She is passionate about her family and friends (old and new). When she's not volunteering at school or cheering on her kids at the ballpark, you can find her working out, shopping, or watching Bravo.

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