I have a friend who said she would rather go to the gynecologist than do this dreadful task. Must be something awful, huh?! I have to admit I’m not a big fan of it either. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing. But there is a lot of research that shows…exercise is important. I’m gonna make it easy.
Okay, so wait!
It’s all about perspective. Exercise. Recreation. See! That doesn’t sound so bad. Say it with me, Recreation. It’s just you, and your family, having fun and doing a little sweating. No big deal.
I’m even going to make this Super, Simple for you. Stick with me.
First, why should we as moms exercise, I mean enjoy recreation, in the first place!?
Here are some of the amazing benefits to exercising:
- It increases blood flow to the brain bringing it its favorite food (oxygen, glucose and healthy fat).
- It is a natural form of detoxification.
- It can help to balance your intestinal microbiome.
According to the Center for Disease Control, it also:
- Controls weight
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduces risk of some cancers
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Improves your mood
- Increases your chances of living longer
Lastly, once your husband and kids see you taking care of yourself, they’ll join in.You are the influencer that can change your family’s health. Click To Tweet
Exercise Made Easy
This is the Super, Simple part. Find something recreational you, and maybe even the whole family, can enjoy doing,… then do it. Often.
Yea, yea. I know all about the recommendation to exercise moderately 3-5 times a week. Blah. Blah. Blah. That doesn’t work on me and probably doesn’t work on you either. When you do try to exercise that much, you fail and feel bad.
We are not doing that.
But, eventually you can get to the place where you exercise regularly, just when you’re ready. In the meantime, just find something physical to do that gets you sweating.
Your Super, Simple Exercise Goal
Do something 3 days a week that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat.
We are all starting from somewhere. Some of us are in better shape than others, some of us only have 15 minutes here or there, some of us have health problems, and most of us have no money or equipment. No problem!
Just pick something you enjoy. Gardening, walking, biking, yoga, calisthenics, kicking the soccer ball around outside with the kids, are all activities that you can do at home that require no equipment or money.
Coaching Tip for Exercise Made Easy
If you just can’t bring yourself to exercise, try this. Commit to working out 5 minutes a day. Yep, I’m serious. Here’s how it works. You think to yourself, “I just rotated the laundry; I’ll work out for 5 minutes.” You turn on some happy music and dance around the house. But you begin having fun! The kids join in. Next thing you know, it’s been 15 minutes! Boom. You just got your exercise for the day.
BONUS Exercise Made Easy Goal
If your husband’s hobby requires some physical activity, do it with him. Maybe even bring the kids…or not.
My husband has tons of hobbies. A man needs time to do the things he enjoys after working all week. We need to spend time together. I need exercise. So, I’ve learned to enjoy kayaking, hiking and even the firing range (it’s an upper body workout for real). Did I mention I consider fun to be making herbal remedies and reading books? My husband’s hobbies ain’t in my wheel house girls. Truthfully, I don’t have the desire to do these things on my own. However, when we do activities together it’s good for our marriage. And you know what, I end up having a good time.
I want to make one thing clear. Our goal isn’t to try to look like the Photoshopped, unrealistic magazine model. That’s not our calling moms.
We all know what our calling is! Our calling, in whatever season of motherhood, is to live out the Will of God each and every day. We just need to be physically fit enough to accomplish God’s Will. That looks different for everyone.
I’m going to congratulate you! I have confidence that you are drinking more water, getting a better night’s sleep, and giving yourself grace through baby steps. Notice I did NOT congratulate you for being perfect. You and your family don’t need perfect. You and your family need a healthy mom and home.Rising to our calling is made easy when we take care of ourselves. Click To Tweet
If you’d like some help being accountable for getting your recreation in this week, and/or want some encouragement, be sure to join the Mom, Be Well Accountability Group on my Facebook page here. Plus, I’ll post a question each week for points. The most points wins! The first prize winner will be announced November 6.
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