This past weekend, Old Navy featured my post about their Active Wear on their Facebook page. To their more than 6 million fans. Cue minor freak out.
Which photo did they use? This one.
Yep, my backside featured on Old Navy’s Facebook page for all the world to see. Never ever thought I’d see that happen.
The best part about this pose is that you can’t see the laughter on my face at my ridiculousness for even pretending I have back muscles. I haven’t lifted a weight in about a year. Literally.
I couldn’t help but laugh again when someone commented on Old Navy’s photo saying, “Wow she is strong”.
(The person who wrote “Show off” made me laugh pretty hard too.)
But the truth is that I am strong. Stronger maybe than I’ve ever been.
It’s not because of multiple reps at the gym. It’s not because of kettlebell swings, endless squats or bicep curls.
This is what we call “Mom Muscle.”
Because you see, this is how my little ones like to be held.
(And is that not the BEST photo ever??)
My 25 lb toddler and 11lb baby are always in my arms. Of course, it’s usually one at a time, but my husband and I are both getting pretty good at the dual hold.
Every time I have to pick something up off the ground? I’m holding a 25 lb weight known as the Mini Athlete. Anytime I am out running errands, I’m holding the 11+ lb Little Miss Athlete in my arms.
It reminds me of my Granny who never understand why people went to the gym. She always said, “By the time you get done getting done washing the windows every morning and cleaning the baseboards every afternoon, you’ve gotten enough of a workout!” Well, yes…if I did those things every day.
My dad is the same way. He’s gotten into running, but other than that, he doesn’t “work out”. He works. Hard. He has what we jokingly call “old muscle.” The kind of muscle that comes from hauling mulch and moving furniture around the house. Sure, he works a desk job. But when he gets home he’s working out – by working hard. And at 54 years old, he’s not slowing down anytime soon.
Well, not as long as my mom keeps creating lists of things for him to do.
So moms – don’t stress about not making it to the gym. Work on that “Mom Muscle” and your benefits will be twofold. You might surprise yourself with a few extra muscles, and you’ll get some extra snuggles in the process.
Every time my arms get a little tired from holding one of the babies, I hold on a little while longer. Because I know these days will be gone all too soon and I’ll miss hearing my little boy’s sweet voice not-so-patiently asking, “Up please!”
What is your favorite kind of “real life” exercise?