Clearly a lot of us could use a little extra help caring for ourselves, but moms often have to care for others, too, which makes keeping healthy a much more difficult process. To find out how mothers in America navigate getting enough sleep and exercise (and other things, of course – check out our full report for more!), we returned to Suzy™’s consumer panel for some instant insights from over 2,500 moms from all different backgrounds and income levels.
What we learned
Remember all the working and stay-at-home moms that we reached out to in our last blog post? We went back to over 2,500 of them to ask them a wide range of multiple-choice and open-ended questions about their lives, including some about how they feel on a day-to-day basis and what they do to take care of themselves.
First, we wanted to know how often moms felt “exhaustion” in the past month. When we asked these moms to rank their level of exhaustion on a scale of 1 (never) to 5 (always), an overwhelmingly large majority of our respondents marked either “almost always” or “always” – although when we broke the results down by age, it became clear that younger moms definitely feel more exhausted than older ones.
Q: In the past month, how often did you feel exhaustion?
Despite being so tired, these same women also told us that they try to keep active; 64% of moms say they try to exercise at least once a week. A plurality of women – 26%, to be more specific – also said they exercise three to five times a week, so it’s much more likely (although not a guarantee!) that they’re hitting the CDC’s recommendation of 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week.
Q. Which of the statements below is true for you?