I’m guessing that your life is just as busy and full of organized chaos as mine is. We spend the majority of our days juggling children, spending hours in the kitchen, attempting to keep the home tidy, running around town on errands that “must” be done, and maybe you also have a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. job that you’re juggling on top of everything else. We keep our days scheduled perfectly, carefully balancing all the things that MUST be accomplished. Our neatly daily “to-do” lists get checked off, only to have several more added to the list each time. Often, all this busyness ends up leaving out one VERY important element of life: TAKING CARE YOURSELF. I bet in the back of your mind, you wished that fitness was a priority in your daily life. What about that book of excuses on why you aren’t working out, have you used it up? I definitely have. Let me ask you this; How’s your energy throughout the day? What do you consume to keep your body moving? How well do you sleep at night? What about that little bit of extra “padding” (as my mother calls it) on that mom bod of yours? Don’t worry, I know you wouldn’t change a thing about being a mother and the extra weight that comes with it, I wouldn’t either. But, what if you found a FUN way to get yourself “trim and slim”, something that you actually enjoyed and could commit yourself to go to? A form of exercise that didn’t take much thought and that fit nicely into daily life without messing up your schedule.. What if you could workout with friends? And REAL results that make you feel good? Even better!
So, I’ve been on the path of daily exercise for almost two months now, and I’ve actually started noticing a few little things: I’m sleeping better, I have more energy throughout the day (without chugging multiple cups of coffee!), I’m feeling stronger, and a few inches have disappeared from my waist (!!!!). To say I’m shocked at the beginning results is an understatement.
WHY NOT make a life change to improve the way YOU feel.
Here’s how I started:
1. Start with TWO WEEKS
THIS is where it all starts. Make it your goal to do some form of exercise that makes you sweat EVERY DAY for 14 days straight. Research has shown that it actually takes a bit more than 21 days to form a habit, about 66 days in fact. So start slow – with an attainable goal. Once you’ve completed the 2 weeks, try to finish out that month. Then finish the next month. Keep pushing yourself. Be consistent. I will warn you, by day #4 you’re most likely going to be exhausted… but by day #6 you’ll have gotten over the hump and will be good to go!
2. Find your FITNESS COMMUNITY
These are the folks who will help you accomplish your goals. The people that you will see every day. They will become YOUR people, your friends that you see every day. They will motivate, encourage, support, push you to your limits and will help you succeed. I will admit, starting something new out of your comfort zone can be a little daunting. But the fitness community is there to help. Don’t like running? Don’t run. Find something that you DO LIKE. Local gyms often offer two free weeks to try them out (I’ve found the push I needed at Virginia Beach’s HIT & Run). Talk to your fit friends and ask to join in on their workouts. I promise, it’s always fun to suffer alongside someone you like! Also remember, it’s best to do a bit of everything, mix it up!
3. PLAN AHEAD
Pull out that planner of yours (or your icalendar), and schedule exactly when you’re going to workout. How much time will you need to get it done each day. Once you’ve written it down, it’s set. DO hold yourself accountable. DO follow through. If you say you’re going to do it, DO IT.
4. Drink WATER
This my friend, is very important. Especially since you’re working out every day. Make it a point to drink more water. Buy a fun water bottle, and keep it next to you at all times. Continue drinking it, and refilling it throughout the day. I have had my Hydroflask for almost two months, and my water intact has increased greatly. S’well Bottles are all the rage too, and come in fun designs.
5. Include your FAMILY
There are plenty of outdoor activities where your family can participate. Ride bikes on the boardwalk, or hike along the trails in First Landing State Park. There are even groups of parents who meet up for all different types of hikes all over, check them out to find your location at Hike It Baby! Have little ones who get tired after the first mile? Not a problem. Put them into a bike trailer or stroller. Hike with them on your back. Why not add a few extra pounds to YOUR workout!
What have you got to lose? I challenge you to give it a whirl.