Written by: Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong

Since becoming a new mom, I feel like all I do is worry. Worry about showing up for my daughter in the way that she needs. Worrying about staying on top of work commitments and even being a good wife and friend. Which is why I often found myself burnt out, tired and anxious. Because the reality is that no matter how hard I tried, something would often get lost or left for last, and that thing was often me. Whilst I have always loved a good workout, I saw it more as a way to lose weight rather than a way to deal with anxiety. And while I did find that working out made me happier. I almost always focused on the physical results.

But then a month ago, I decided to start working out again after not doing so for a year. My mission was simple; I was going to workout for my mental health. Whilst I did have some weight to lose after giving birth. That was not my main priority. Instead, I told myself that if I could show up for myself every single day and workout (even for 20 minutes) I would have done something right. This new mindset gave me a new goal to look to. One that didn’t care too much if I had the sweatiest workout, or if I was burning the most calories. Instead, I focused on rolling my yoga mat out and starting my app up for any number of workouts for that day.

And because weight loss was not my main priority, I dabbled in all kinds of workouts from high interval, to yoga and even simple stretches. This time I carved out made me feel like I was taking care of myself and filling my cup. Something I had failed to do for a while now. Since then, not only has my body changed. But my mind too. I also had some unexpected side effects that I never really thought about before but which I am loving now. Here are some of the benefits I have found from doing physical activity everyday.

  1. Increased fitness: This is a given, but I see how much my body has changed. Even more than it had before when I was working out. In part, I think because I often did modifications of moves I found hard and really focused on being present in my workouts. This also meant sometimes doing less reps but doing quality workouts.
  2. Increased libido: After having a baby I was sure I would never be able to have sex again. Not only was I exhausted but I didn’t feel sexy or have a sex drive. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised by how much my libido has increased in the past couple of weeks.
  3. More energy: Whilst no new mother will ever tell you they sleep enough. I do find that my energy and focus is much better now that I move my body everyday.
  4. Better sleep: Whilst I may not be clocking in 8 hours a night, I do find that the quality of my sleep is getting better.
  5. Drinking more water: As someone who struggles to get the recommended 8 glasses, I find that when I move my body every day, I can drink a ton of water. Not only during workouts but afterwards as well.


Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong

Having been with She Evolves since its early days when it was called GirlZtalk. Over the years I have held several roles and was part of the brainstorming team for the She Evolves that exists today. ¿Questions? ¿Do you want to write us, or to publish an article with us? Please go to our Contact page!