Exercise creates a healthy mind and body. And I believe it makes me a better mom. When I make time to workout, no matter how short or long that workout may be, I have more energy, I eat better, I'm more patient, and I'm happier.
If you're someone who hasn't worked out in a while (or ever) and you often tell yourself that you're too busy or too tired, keep reading. It's time to make a change.
Here's the key to getting started--Stop trying to overhaul your entire life, rearranging schedules, building mountains you won't climb. Your first goal is just to do SOMEthing. Break the habit of not working out. At this point you don't need to sign up for a marathon, hire a personal trainer, or stress yourself out with the idea that you now have to commit a huge chunk of time to exercise.
You just need to "STOP NOT WORKING OUT".
Here's how you STOP NOT WORKING OUT:
-If you already have a gym membership but haven't been there in a while, your goal this week is to walk through the doors one time. It doesn't matter what you do when you get there, just break the habit of not walking through the doors.
-If you don't have a gym membership, don't go buy a set of weights or a set of exercise DVDs. Instead, before bed tonight do one push-up (on your knees if you have to) and one sit-up (or a crunch if you have to). Just one! Tomorrow, do two push-ups and two sit-ups. Sounds lame, right? But if you start today, by summer you'll be doing 40. How cool is that?
-If you have kids, the above option is great after the kids are asleep. Another option is to take the kids on a walk, whether it's around the neighborhood, or a favorite path, or even to the end of your street--anything is better than NOT walking.
-As you can tell by now, the key to getting started is keeping it simple and achievable. Small steps in the right direction add up to huge distances over time. So this week, set out to exercise a total of 30 minutes. No, it's not much, but that's the point. Remember that the problem isn't that you haven't been working out enough, it's that you haven't been working out at all.
-Each week, do something more than you did the week before. Even if you just add 5 minutes more to that initial 30 minutes or an extra push-up or sit-up, keep moving forward.
Lastly, don't underestimate the power you have to influence those who surround you. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are contagious. Be the one who sets an example for your friends, family, spouse, grandkids, and of course, your children.