I woke up the other day with the weirdest muscle pain in my shoulders and I just couldn't figure out the cause. Then I remembered: I'm a mom. Every day is an exercise in weird movements that will likely leave me feeling mysteriously sore the next day! While I regularly beat myself up for not making it to the gym on a frequent basis, there are definitelythings moms do that should totally count as exercise.
My daughter was born at just over 6 pounds and only recently cracked 20 pounds at 19 months old. However, and despite her small stature, caring for her has felt like a miniature workout routine just about every day since we brought her home. In the first few months, there was just so much bouncing and swaying and bopping, I thought my quads were going to explode. My arms would ache as I tried to feed her the only way she would concentrate on the bottle: carried in my arms looking out over our patio or out on the lawn staring up at the trees. Every bottle gave me that deep muscle burn you usually only get at the gym.
Now that I have a wiggling, squiggling toddler, I use even more obscure muscles to wrangle her in on a daily basis. Sure, it's exhausting, but now I can cancel that ignored gym membership without feeling even a little bit bad about it.