One step forward…
So it’s been four consecutive weeks now of consistent workouts (Applause) I feel terrific! My energy level is higher throughout the day, I’m craving healthier things to eat, drinking more water, and although it may be a self-created illusion I swear my jeans fit perfectly. There’s nothing unusual about my experience. Exercise is often the catalyst for a healthier lifestyle, and long term benefits extend well pasts the obvious changes in physique. Women who exercise regularly generally have:
- Less stress
- Better digestive function
- Less risk for dementia
- Lower risk for osteoporosis
- Better heart and lung function
- Higher sex drive
- Better Sleep
- Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure
- Better mental capacity
- Live longer!
Wow! So it basically gives you super powers, now why is it so hard to get off the couch and go out for a walk?
Two steps back
As a working mother of two I can tell you my main reason is time. I never truly understood the term “there aren’t enough hours in a day” until I got married and had children. Every minute of my day is carefully scheduled to maximize productivity; from making oatmeal the night before (genius) to planning my workout around school drop-offs and pick-ups (already in the car). The wrench in the plan is this; if one thing is off the plan is out the window. Why that is? I have no idea, but if something as simple as needing to drop off a package at the post office arises, I’m like a like a lost snapper separated from my school of fish- wondering in a world of chaos and confusion… Ok so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but to put it plainly if the exercise portion of my day is not laid out on a plate for me, I’m not going to fight for it. There are too many other things that can’t wait, right?
A Step in the right direction
Well no actually, It’s sort of like saying I need to drive to town but I don’t have time to get gas (well, then you’re not getting to town!). With the number of tasks that benefit from you exercising regularly, not only will it help you balance your crazy life as a mother, but also help you to keep your sanity. My friends, we need to get our priorities in order and not be so easily led astray. The clean dishes in the dishwasher can wait to be unloaded, the laundry machine works just as well after the kids go to bed; and take it from me, breakfast can be made the night before. So the next time you find yourself with a choice between exercise and ??? choose wisely, because it’s not just you who benefits from being a super mom… even if they don’t know it.