Many of us exercise to look better and feel better. We all want to release our inner butterfly, but it’s not always easy to do.
Most people want to exercise, but sometimes it seems impossible to fit one more thing into your day. I feel you! After work, there is nothing I want to do LESS than exercise. I’m tired. Maybe I have to do laundry or go to a game. There is always something.
You are not alone. We have a lot to do in one day! It’s daunting at times, but you may want to try and find a little time to exercise to feel better about yourself, about your family, about life!
I bet once you start, you’ll like it.
I can hear you saying to yourself, I’ve heard this before. The last thing I need is for someone telling me, yet again, to get into shape.
You’re right. I am another person telling you to exercise and I’m sorry for sounding that way. I really am. I’m not the poster child for fitness. Believe me. I’m not.
What I am is a realistic mom who works a lot in and out of the classroom; who exercises to feel better in and out. I’m that mom that gets overwhelmed and scattered at times when I can’t get it all done. I’m that perfectionist that isn’t perfect. I’m that mom who turns the channel when I see an infomercial for diets and exercise. Or worse yet, the size zero model telling me what to wear.
A Little Insight
So I’m sorry if I sound all-knowing about diet and exercise. I want to share what has worked for me and give you a little insight as to why I do it.
It’s a Mental Thing, Too!
I try to make a point of exercising at least 5 days a week. It really is a mental thing because it gives me balance. It really does.
So why believe me?
I started to consistently exercise after a death. I was sinking fast and eventually spoke to a counselor in my school. He recommended 20 – 30 minutes of an aerobic activity each day to release the endorphins in my body. He then explained that endorphins are chemicals released in the body to relieve pain and stress. They are essentially nature’s feel-good drug.
I Started Slow – You may need to, as well.
I wasn’t at a point physically to do the full thirty minutes, so I started at ten minutes, then worked my way up from there.
I have to admit, I resisted at first, but in the end, he was right. Exercising proved to be incredibly helpful during that period. It’s now habitual.
Thirty minutes is a lot of time for working parents. I get so involved in different things or sidetracked that there are times I skip exercising.
I’ve found if I skip one day, I’m more inclined to skip the second day. Then, the next day and the next day. It starts to snowball on me.
Once I’m in the middle of the snowball, I find myself feeling down or being witchy to the kids or Coach.
Has that ever happened to you?
When I start skipping, my body will remind me to get back on the exercise wagon. It’s weird, but for lack of a better word, I feel off. I’ll get down on myself and start dwelling on negative things. Bills, students, or whatever.
So I forgive myself, look at my schedule, and then start over again. I found out that mornings work better for me.
Does It Have to Be On a Treadmill?
Of course not. Find something you like to do. I hate to run, but I don’t mind doing it while I watch TV. I record something and watch it while I exercise.
If you don’t like to walk, get on YouTube and find a video doing some sort of exercise. Heck, it can be as simple as standing in place and squatting, then pushups. And they don’t even have to be good squats or pushups. Do something that brings your heart rate up.
Still, Have Roadblocks?
Okay, so some of you have little ones or what I like to call my little roadblocks to get through. I get that too. You are not alone, so don’t be hard on yourself.
I remember when taking a shower was my only alone time and that wasn’t long. Short showers because I had a toddler trying to tear down the shower curtain. I could shower in less than 60 seconds – gross, huh? But, I was a single mother. At least I was clean – lol.
What I’m saying is I haven’t forgotten those days. I did get creative with my exercise regime, though.
Release some endorphins today!
All of us want to feel better, so try releasing some endorphins! Take a walk outside, on a treadmill, or just walk in place for twenty minutes.
You are a wonderful, beautiful person who can do this. Now get started. I know you can!