With work, housework and taking care of the children, many working mothers struggle to find time for a workout. But health experts say it's important to make physical activity a priority.
Early in the morning, Dani Pattison squeezes in a one-hour workout at least four days a week.
"I can get it done and I feel good the rest of the day," Pattison said.
With two part-time jobs and a son, Pattison has plenty on her plate.
"We try to do so much for everybody else that we do put ourselves on the back burner," Pattison said.
But don't judge Pattison for spending time at the gym, instead of at work or home because many health and family experts agree you can actually be a better mother if you make physical activity a priority for yourself.
"It gives you a little more energy to spend that extra time with your kid when you're with your children at home," Avera McKennan Personal Trainer Andrea Sprik said.
You can also set a positive example for your children. The question is: How do you find time for a workout?
"The biggest thing is trying to find that one time of day that's going to work for you," Sprik said.
Sprik also says it helps to plan ahead and pack your gym bag the night before. When you get to the gym, don't waste any time and make sure you get an effective workout.
"Do some cardio, some weights and some core. Even if it's only half an hour, try to really mix it up and pack a lot in the half hour because that might be the only time they have for the whole day," Sprik said.
You also don't even need to go a gym to get the exercise you need.
"Anything you do is better than nothing at all, so if you don't have time to get to the gym, at work it's nice outside, walk on your lunch break," Sprik said.
Pattison says it helps her to make lists and schedule in her workouts.
"I feel mentally better if I workout. Those days I don't workout I'm a little crabbier," Pattison said.