Stay Strong Stay Healthy

Exercise is something I am really passionate about. I have always made it a priority to exercise throughout my life. Since having kids, it is harder, but more important than ever. It hasn’t always been easy and I’ve often had to change the type (or time) of my work-outs in order to fit whatever situation I am in.

When I had one baby I bought a jogger stroller and brought him with me. I couldn’t take two kids with me when I had two and so I either had to exercise when my hubby was home to watch the kids or do aerobics at home. Then I got a gym membership and worked out early in the morning before everyone else was awake. I took an intensive kick-boxing class which I loved. Then when I had my second kid, I started to jog in the morning..I love it. I crave the quiet “me” time. The fresh cool morning air is so invigorating and always lifts my spirits. I enjoy taking in the beautiful scenery around me, and listening to the birds sing. It is very calming and it is during this time that I can actually think without any kids screaming in the background. I usually work out between 30 and 60 minutes, five days a week.

My brother, Terry is one of those people that hates exercise and it worries me. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems run in both our families. I have seen the miserable and dangerous affects that a lack of exercise can cause in one’s life. I will do everything I can to prevent such health problems and hopefully he will come around with us, too! Since he lives only a half mile from his job, I often get him to walk to work, so at least he is getting something!

Exercise program or not, losing weight has not always been easy. But I have many reasons for exercise besides just losing weight, however.

Exercising makes me a better mom. And better wife for my husband. I have more energy and feel better about myself when I exercise and that certainly spills over into my home life. I feel less stressed and better able to cope with the constant demands of parenthood. Another benefit is that I am setting a good example to my children. I want to instill within them a love of physical activity and teach them that our bodies are precious and we need to take care of them. Thank God, my husband is the best supporter and a great role model in applying a healthy lifestyle in our family.

I don’t think we can let “lack of time” be an excuse. It is a matter of priorities. Even if my house is a disaster and I have half a dozen loads of laundry to be done, I still put my work-out first. There will always be housework — or office work, it is never ending. But if my health fails then I won’t be able to take care of my kids, my house OR my company and so my health comes first (that includes getting enough sleep too)!

It is never too late to start exercising. My best friend always hated exercising. I don’t know what changed but a couple years ago she started working out and now she loves it. She lost a lot of weight and looks fabulous, and sexy!

So my plug for today is start some sort of exercise and then build on it. You don’t have to go out and start training for a Marathon or become a body builder or a model. Take it one step at a time. I am trying to get back into six packs and it hasn’t been easy. The first time (after having my baby) that I went sit up and weight lifting, I barely made it to the end of maximum repetition and weight lift. I was sore for the rest of the day and the next.

Then I tried to carry heavier and went twice as heavy before I realized, “Hey, I just lifted that whole way without passing out!” It has improved since then. I am certainly no where near where I was during my high school track days, but it is coming. Our bodies are forgiving thank good Healthy Body? Yes, We Can!

Happy Parenting!

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