In your home and homeschool
Are you taking time each day to take care of yourself? Moms get really busy taking care of everyone else, and sometimes don’t take the time to take care of themselves.
There have been busy seasons in my life where I had to get creative on how I fit in my daily exercise. When you have children and homeschool, you have a full plate. For a time, I did exercise DVD’s in my living room early in the morning or during naptime.
Then we went through a season where I helped take care of family members in addition to my other responsibilities. My exercise time went to nothing, and I had to prioritize my time. I gained weight and was not eating well.
That year, the boys got a Wii for Christmas, and I started using it to exercise. As funny as it sounds, I enjoyed it, and I was getting in some good workouts. I started running in place in my living room. I am not a natural runner. I never liked it when I was younger. I was always dead last on field day. I was usually picked last for team sports. I was not athletic.
Next, I decided I wanted to run outside. I found an app for my phone that was free for the first couple of weeks called Couch to 5K (c25k). I started out well, but it took me a while to figure out my breathing with asthma.
I took the next step of signing up for a 5K, and it was a hard race. I finished, and that is what was important to me. I kept running and extending my distance a little at a time. I progressed from the 5K to the 10K distance. Later, I ran my first half marathon, and I had a dead last finish.
My goals continued to grow, and I learned a lot about training. I was able to run early in the mornings, and my children were older. I signed up for a marathon, and I learned what commitment for that type of training entailed.
This year I ran my fourth marathon in March, and I am training for my fifth marathon currently. Most mornings during the week, I run for about an hour. Some days are a little shorter and some a little longer. But that equals about what I was doing years ago with exercise DVD’s. I have a long run on the weekends, and it all works because I have figured out where exercise fits in my schedule.
You do not have to run a marathon to be fit. Exercise can come in many forms. If you have not exercised in a while, remember to start slow with a few minutes a day. Start with step counting. You can find an inexpensive step counter to help you get started. Once you figure out how many steps you average during the day, you can set goals.
Use a timer to help you with 15 minutes of purposeful movement each day. It does not matter if it is morning, afternoon, or evening routine. If you have little ones, use nap time, early morning, or when your husband is home.
Find something you like to do for exercise. I like swimming, biking, walking, running, hiking, kick boxing, and skating. I like playing with the boys, too. We shoot hoops in the driveway. They like to throw the football to me. There are many options for exercise! You can include your family, too.
Tell me what you do to take care of yourself through exercise.
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Have a blessed day!
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