That is when I started thinking about being a mother. The one thing that all mother's do is put there children first. If they are working moms, or moms who stay at home, our children are first. But when it comes to our health that is not always the best option. All mothers need energy, that is why for most of us, coffee or tea is our drink of choice first thing in the morning. We run all day with the kids, doing the laundry and house work, don't forget all of the errands that we need to run. We are busy, very busy.
For example here is all that I am involved with:
- PSR - I am an 8th grade Catechist for my church
- Mother's Group
- Fall Fest Game Committee
- Extra Ordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist
- and possibly Pre-School
- Early Childhood PTA President
- Council of PTA Meetings
- Volunteering for my son's Kindergarten Class
- Teaching Babysitting Course
- I am sure there is more I can't think of
So how with all of these responsibilities do you have time to put yourself first? That is the question that I have thought about for quite some time. How am I supposed to start leading a healthy lifestyle, while living my life. How do I get in the exercise and everything else when I barely have time to breath some days.
Well first I have to make some new thing priorities. Yes I have to put myself first. Oh no I think I just broke the Mother Code Of Ethics. How dare I not put my children first. I guess that makes me a bad mom, call the Mother Police. Wait, not so fast. Think about it. You need energy to take care of all of your responsibilities, right. Have you noticed that after you exercise something weird happens, you have more energy. Amazing, so by spending some energy on exercise, you get paid back with more energy that you had to start. Bonus. Think of what you could do with all of that extra energy.
So we know that exercise is important, but you can say, Jenn where am I going to have time to do that. My day is completely packed, I just don't have the time. Face it you are a stay at home mom, you have plenty of time on your hands. Well if you are a stay at home mother too, you know well that contrary to popular belief we don't sit around all afternoon eating bonbons, watching our soaps, we are busting our tail feathers to get something accomplished. While we don't go to the office, we have a full time job, and because our children are with us all day, part of our job is to teach and play with our children.
So as I was saying how do we fit this thing called exercise into our days. I am lucky I can usually go during nap times. But not always. Lets face it you are going to have to change some things in your life. Either set the alarm for 45 minutes earlier, get up, have your workout clothes ready, and go work out. Yep I said it get up early. This may mean you will go to bed earlier, but lets face it, it is worth the trade. The other option, is go after dinner. If you have someone who can help you out there, perfect go then. But did you know that you can get your exercise with your children.
Yes, believe it or not you can get your exercise with your children, and get in a good work out. No one said you need to run for hours, or hit the gym and bench press tons of weights for it to be a good work out. Get your kids involved. Go for a walk after dinner, but make it fun, add in some "races" to go faster and get your heart rate up there. Why not go throw a ball around. You will have to chase it a bit. Or if you want to do a video, encourage your children to do it with you.
I guess the moral of this blog is simple, any excuse you come up with, is what is standing in your way. You have to make the change in your head. It will not be easy at first, however it is something that needs to be done. You want to be healthy. You want to look better. You want to have more energy. There are so many amazing benefits to adding exercise to your day, that it is worth changing something in your life to get it in. Do it for yourself. Do it for your children. Just Do it.
Keep on Running