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Great Escape: Work Out Your Stress

A free trial at your local gym can take the edge off the day and give you more energy.

Sometimes as a mother it may feel as if you do everything for everybody but yourself. 

While your little ones may have you running around all day like a maniac, exercising for the sole purpose of doing a good thing for yourself can be energizing, rejuvenating and even relaxing when you're done.

An easy way break your routine is to sign up for a free trial at your local gym. Club Fitness in Brentwood offers a 14 day trial period for you to test the waters. This gives you two full weeks, so if you're too busy to go everyday you still have an opportunity to go at least once or twice.

If you like it and wish to continue, rates run only $19.95 a month with a $100 enrollment fee - and that includes one free personal training session, free babysitting, free classes and full club access.

A variety of classes offer serious calorie-burning like Body Sculpting and Ab Blast. You can also opt for the increasingly popular Zumba classes that make you dance until you sweat, or Hip Hop Aerobics.

Taking even 30 minutes to yourself may seem impossible, but it's important to try to overcome that 'mom guilt' factor. Investing in you as a person and not just a parent will go a long way in making you a happier family member (and everyone likes a calm, happy mom).

Want to find a fitness center closer to you?

  on Watson Road offers a free seven day pass to let you see if it's the place for you. Beyond full gym access All N 1 has kickboxing, mixed martial arts and other group classes. It is also unique in offering chiropractic services.

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