Ok, so can I just be honest about something???… Here it goes… I HATE working out. The thought of it makes me cringe. Ok, ok, I know… there are others who feel the same… you don’t like working out, like me, you try to think up excuses not to do it and until recently, I’ve managed to weasel my way out of doing it and still feel ok about my decision. I even once Googled, “workouts for moms who hate working out“. The results came up sparse and my husband and I laughed until we were both in tears when he saw the search.
So… here are my excuses…I’m too tired. With two kids, working full time and trying to do the day to day minutia, if I have an hour to myself its like a full on vacation and I’d rather not spend that hour working up a sweat. Heck, if I have even 20 minutes to myself its a great day. Here are other excuses in my head… I ate okay today, I don’t need to work out. I don’t have time for a shower afterwards. I’ll have to wash my hair and that will take a long time. The kids need me. I need to do laundry instead. I have too much work to do…. and the list goes on and on and on.
So… here are some realizations that recently hit me. Working out isn’t just about looking good. I need to be strong and healthy for not just my own well being, but to be able to take care of my kids. If I don’t take care of myself, who will?! How will I teach my children the importance of staying healthy, if I don’t practice what I preach. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our body is a temple, we are not our own. How am I to carry out God’s plan for my life if I do not take care of my body?
So… here is what I have done. These are tips that have worked for me and hopefully, they will help you as well.
We’ve made it a family affair. My husband and I work out together. This has not only helped encourage me, but its given us some quality time together. Its something we can both do together, encourage one another and hold each other accountable. When working out is not your thing, I’ve found its best to have a buddy system or group to work out with. It helps keep you motivated. We have also gotten our two year old daughter involved. If we are working out while she is awake, we lay a mat down for her to work out on too. She loves it! She asks me all the time now if I’m going to work out today. Another sweet motivator! Its also teaching her the importance of staying healthy.
Find a workout program that works for you. For us, working out 30 minutes a day at home is what works best. We have two young kids so committing to going to a gym everyday would be hard for me, not to mention expensive. Also, since I am not a fan of working up a sweat, I wanted to start slow with a 30 minute commitment. We started doing T25. I didn’t love the first few days, but by the end of the week, the laughs I was sharing with my husband and the difference I was feeling with my energy was making it all worth it! See… I’m starting to come around and like the idea of working out already
I have a support system. Besides the encouragement that my husband gives me. I also made a commitment with my mom. She and I don’t live close, but we talk everyday and share our workout journey with one another. I text her after I work out, or if something comes up and I don’t work out (I was sick last week) I let her know. We keep each other accountable and it is added support.
The biggest thing is to find something fun to do so it doesn’t seem like you are working out. Maybe you go on a family hike, walk or bike ride. Maybe you go spend some time at the park running around or kicking the soccer ball around with your kids. It doesn’t have to be lifting weights or running three miles every day. As long as you get your heart rate up and you are staying active, that’s working out (in my book)!
So get your family involved, find something that works best for you and your life’s schedule, get a support system and HAVE FUN! Hopefully, like me, you’ll start to love the idea of this fun time you get to spend with your family staying active.