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four excuses for not exercising

Friday, September 21, 2012

Exercising takes me away from my family, for 10min or 60 min, it doesn't matter. Little kids can not be left unsupervised for any length of time.
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    Exercise can incorporate the little ones.

    I did Mommy and Me videos with my daughter and took lots of walks with her. You can do calisthenics while watching kids at home or at the park (playgrounds are great resources for workouts). '

    It's not easy by any means. But fit in what you can whenever you can.
    907 days ago
  • USTINYA2015
    Okay, and I'm going to add--you sound overwhelmed! I don't know how old your kids are, but they love you--they want you to take care of yourself.

    (even if they have no idea how to express that, it's true)
    907 days ago
  • USTINYA2015
    I'm going to second the recommendations Justyna gave you. Especially the walking one--ten minutes counts. And dancing--that's another good one. Make a playlist with three songs that = ten minutes.

    This said, I have three kids, and I completely understand what you're experiencing. One of the things I struggle with is that I am essentially SHY about exercising in front of my family.

    Which, let's face it, is ridiculous. Here I want to model a healthy lifestyle for my daughters, and I'm shy about exercising in front of them? What's that about?

    Do any of these suggestions speak to you? If not--take a day to not worry about it, and try again tomorrow. Sometimes--it's just too overwhelming, and you have to give yourself a "pass."

    907 days ago
    I had to do some brainstorming to figure out exercising. In my head it meant going to the gym, time getting there, doing the exercises or class, changing/showering and getting back again.. .but Spark people showed me that it was my attitude holding me back most of all. First, I wanted to show my kids that exercise can be fun and easy. I wanted to involve them. And It had to fit into our lives.

    So... what could I do?
    -Walks together. We used to go walk to the post office and playground every day.
    -Hikes. We would put sunflower seeds in our pockets, drive to a nearby trail and feed the birds who sometimes would land on our hands
    -Geocaching... we would go treasure hunting and the finding of caches on line and learning about Earth caches etc. was a huge learning experience for us all.
    -many of Spark people's videos on line are ten minutes and the kids could do them with me... or play while I did them
    -many of Spark people's strength training exercises are ones I can do at the kitchen counter while dinner is cooking.. like calf raises and lunges.
    -let the kids try too... whether it is dancing to music or trying to do a situp.
    -go to the pool, bike, make your own mini challenges for the family so you do "Simon says" or have them be your personal trainers and help count how many repetitions you do of arm curls
    -teach the children safe stretching as you learn

    I used to put my toddler on my stomach or by my side. I had three under three. It was quiite amazing to me how excited they were when I would get out my stability ball.

    I think we set examples all the time and the biggest gift we can give our children is to help them see that ordinary every day activities can be healthy and fun. I know that I want to be around for my kids for a long long time.. and if nothing changes, nothing changes. We don't need fancy gyms or equipment. We don't need hours of time. We have wonderful resources right here on SP to help us succeed!
    918 days ago
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