That is the question that goes through my mind most every morning. And I admit that my answer to that question is usually NOT!
I’ve never been a fan of exercise really. There were the days of playing high school basketball and softball which forced me to exercise, but I was mainly motivated by being part of a team and going through the suffering together. :)
Then there were the years I lived in Bosnia and walked everywhere. I didn’t really label that exercise, but rather transportation! It was so good for me to have exercise built into my everyday life with no way of getting around it!
Since I’ve been back in the States exercise has become a more difficult choice for me to make. When I was single and had the time and money, I really enjoyed joining a gym and would stop in for a quick work-out on my way home from work. I also loved the group classes… especially Pilates!
Now that I’ve become a mom, am working from home, and living on a tight budget the options for exercise seem to be more limited.
We’ve been attending a new church since we just moved to a new location a couple of months ago. It seems like each week the sermon is spoken directly to me! Well this week it was all about how our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and how God cares about how well we take care of our body. Um, conviction! Ok, so I’d already been convicted of my eating habits a few weeks ago and started up with Weight Watchers again. But I hadn’t yet gotten motivated to incorporate a regular routine of exercise.
In the message, the pastor also talked about how exercise causes all of these happy hormones to be released in your body and how it can give you a greater capacity to handle stress and emotions. I don’t know if that was really new information for me or not, but it certainly caused a light bulb to go off and I realized that I HAVE TO exercise. Not just for my sake, but for the sake of my husband, my son, my coworkers, and friends! How I treat my body will also impact how I treat others! Yikes!
So I’ve now got the motivation, but I need ideas! Here are a few I’m tossing around:
Exercise DVDs – I have a few aerobic and Pilates DVDs – they are easy to pop in and exercise to but my son usually gets jealous and wants to watch Sesame Street instead! :)
Running – I really hate to run. But I realize that it is a very cheap way to exercise and you can do it pretty much anywhere. I’ve heard of some Couch to 5K programs that help even a beginner runner like me learn how to run and get into shape.
Cycling – I don’t have a bicycle so that kind of crosses this one off the list for the immediate future, however I think this could be a good family exercise option once our son is old enough to ride a bike himself.
Group classes – These are probably my favorite! I’ve looked into a few, but it seems like there is always a conflict either with scheduling or with cost! I will keep searching, though, because exercising in a group is really what motivates me most.
What about you? What are your favorite ways to exercise? How do you include your kids?