Like many mothers, although I seem to be constantly on the move looking after my kids and chasing my dogs, I still have phases when exercise takes a backseat as I rush about life. We all need some time to just sit and rest during the day, I know I do after I spent a couple of hours every morning rushing about, but over time the waistline can begin to protest, and when that happens it’s time to take some action.
Here are a few ways you can get your fitness and stamina back:
Pair up with an exercise buddy
Many of my friends are in a similar position, so pairing up with a fitness buddy would be good way to kick-start a new exercise regime. Supporting each other through those times when you do not want to do it and having fun together at the same time can help to keep one going. My exercise buddy is my husband, and we have been exercising together since more than a decade now pulling each other up and keeping us going.
Join your local gym
If you have a local gym or community centre this can also be a good way to get yourself back on track, even if it is just to make sure you get the most from the monthly fee! If you live in a community like mine with a free gym, use it.
Find a sport you like
If you are into team sports, then perhaps there is a local team you can join, which will also keep you motivated. If you do not like the idea of exercising in public and prefer to do your exercising at home, you could get an exercise DVD or a set of small weights to keep yourself toned in private. And, if you have kids, give them company. I play Table Tennis with mine. Variation in your exercise regimen is a good way to sustain the activity.
Make time to exercise every day
The key is to get into a routine, so it becomes a habit and a regular part of your day. You can work this so that it will fit around your family life. Before you jump in with the lack of time, let me tell you that I have been working out through two babies, my own work and housekeeping responsibilities.
Where there is a will, there is a way! Always!
Involve the whole family!
Exercising with the family can be fun too though. One good way to enjoy exercising together is by cycling. When the weather is cool and fresh enough it can be very pleasant to take it easy and enjoy the sights on the way. If you are not sure you’re fit enough to keep up with your kids you could always invest in an electric bike, there are lots of reasonable ones available at retailers like Tesco. That way you can be sure that you will never fall too far behind!
With just a few small changes, you’ll find that exercise will become an integral part of your life. Work your way back to fitness.
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