Making time for exercise

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Like all summer holiday weekends, we had fun at Big Bear Lake with family and friends. It was nice to get away for a few days, though with 10 adults and 12 children in one house, I’m not sure I would call it relaxing. I need a vacation from my vacation…or maybe just a good workout?

Before kids, I exercised three or four times a week because I knew it was good for me. I’m fortunate that I have a fast metabolism and I didn’t “have” to do it to lose or maintain weight. Finding time or motivation to work out when the kids were babies was hard. I didn’t feel guilty leaving them for work, but I felt bad putting them in the gym day care, when I’d been away from them all day. I ran a few times a week because that was less of a time commitment, and I could wait until Chase got home from work so they were home with one of us.

This year I decided that I needed to make some time for myself and I wanted this “me time” to be something that was good for me both physically and mentally. I bought a two-week Amazon Local deal to try The Dailey Method. The first class was hard, but in a good way. I loved how it forced me to stretch and be mindful of my body, which I didn’t take the time to do when running. It is a great group of women and a local business with a young female owner, who I feel good about giving my money to. For 60 minutes a few times a week I don’t think about work or kids or house projects. I appreciate my body and take care of both my muscles and my mind. I’ve seen a huge change in both.

I know how hard it is to fit in exercise and to overcome the guilt associated with leaving your kids to do something for yourself. But it’s not just for you. A healthy parent will be around longer. A happy parent will be more patient and loving with their kids. Chase also got a personal trainer this year. He wakes up early to go to the gym and does a boot camp class twice a week. We are spending money to stay fit, but it’s worth every penny. We are less stressed and our bodies are healthier. Definitely time and money well spent…


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