The ‘Fit Mom’ responded to criticism that her fitness goals are unrealistic for average moms who try to spend as much time as possible with their kids. Maria told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that workout regimes like hers ARE doable — without making major family sacrifices!
Maria Kang, 32, received lots of feedback on her “What’s your excuse” ad from moms who said that they would love to work out as much as she does — but they would feel guilty being away from their kids for extended amounts of time to work on themselves. Maria told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that moms shouldn’t feel guilty, because the message she is promoting is that “motherhood can make you better.”
Maria Kang, Fit Mom, Says Moms Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Working Out
Facebook commenters reacted to Maria’s controversial picture in many ways — some were inspired while others thought she was calling out moms who were less fit than herself — but one of her major reactions from fitness-minded moms was genuine bewilderment about how they could get a body like hers without spending all day at the gym.
So many moms are busy holding down a job, a family home life — and often times both — and would feel guilty spending time on their own bodies.
“As a mother the number one thing you feel is guilt,” Maria told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “You feel guilt because you’re not spending time with your child, you feel guilty because maybe you’re not spending time with your husband or maybe because there are other moms who are working.”
Maria put it into perspective:
There is always so much guilt, it’s important for a mother to really take ownership for who she is, even after motherhood, you don’t have to lose yourself in the process of becoming a mother you still have to keep yourself a priority because you are the head of the family, well the man is the head unless you’re a single parent. You need to take care of yourself bc your little ones are depending on you.
Maria explained that investing some time back into your body will make moms healthier — which will help the family in the long run.
Maria Kang Says She Wants To Inspire Fitness Enthusiasm
Posing alongside her three young boys for her fitness ad, Maria wanted to prove that she could have her family and her fit body.
“Obviously these three little boys are symbols of time and I’m able to keep them a priority of course it’s not always my first priority but it’s one of my priorities,” Maria told HollywoodLife.com. “If I work out at 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. it’s some part of my daily goal to take part of my health.”
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think that it’s possible to balance a strict workout routine and being a mom?
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— Interview by Chloe Melas, Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski