I try to fit a little fitness into each and every day. Not a hard-core workout every day, but definitely a good bit of movement. For me it is about not only feeling good but also a sense of calm. Exercise allows me to release my anxiety, energy and jitters. If you know me well, than you know that I tend to be both fairly Type A and a highly energized person… AND, that is with daily exercise.
Could you imagine what I would be like without?
Obviously, I am in favor of all moms, women, and yes – men – exercising or moving daily. A few months ago, Vonda Wright (orthopedic surgeon, exercise ambassador, and friend) called it my attention that as Americans we SIT 56 hours a week in one place. As a writer and blogger, I know the reality of this all too well as I mostly sit on my a** at my computer. To make matters worse, I typically eat my breakfast and lunch at my desk in addition to retiring there in the late hours.
That is A LOT of hours just sitting. Of course, I do my kegels while sitting, but that is a different post on movement.
I am not an orthopedic surgeon or even plain old doctor, but I realize that sitting for 56 HOURS is not good for anyone. NOBODY.
As moms, we worry about being around to see our kids graduate and eventually play with our grandkids. Ummmm…pretty sure that sitting 56 hours a week is not helping the process. Not to mention, we need to be active in our role as a mom with young kids, making movement even more critical.
I know you are agreeing with my thought process yet shaking your head at me in regards to when you are going to fit all this damn movement in your schedule.
Believe me – it is not easy. Here are a few quick tips on how to cram in a little movement where you may or may not expect it:
- Do what you love, love what you DO: Just like work, exercise is a task. If you do not love it, you are not going to be motivated to do it. My friends love kickboxing. I despise it. I look so ridiculously stupid kicking and punching with my annoyingly long limbs. Lately, I torture myself with running because believe it or not – I am starting to love it.
- Take Back Your Day: Something that I have been doing about once a week for the last year is Working Out at Lunch Time. One of my most favs, Meg Casserly over at Forbes, is calling for all women to take back their lunch hour whether it be for beauty or relaxation. I say exercise works, too! You are going to sit at your desk and eat anyways so claim that hour back and do something great for yourself and eat at your desk when you get back. A little yoga, pilates, walking, or bike riding goes a long way.
- Unless you are meeting someone REALLY BIG, a quick freshen up works wonders: Are you concerned about what to do post-midday-exercise? Lavender Wipes work wonders. A quick go over with a lavender wipe cleans off sweat, bacteria, and freshens. Reapply a little light makeup and I say you are good to go.
- There is this little thing called a DVR: Record your favor shows, watch them on a rainy Sunday, or later. Make the most of the day with an evening walk or bike ride for the entire family. Take the dogs, grab a frozen yogurt along the way, race home. There is a reason that some genius invented all those baby joggers and bike trailers. To help you move.
- Make firm plans with yourself: Have trouble sticking to a plan. Put the exercise in your calendar. There is no greater feeling than checking something OFF the to-do list.
Do you actively fight sitting 56 hours a week? How?