Please note that I didn’t say “finding time.” I mean, come on, none of us feel that we have any extra time. If we did, we would always be caught up on laundry and our favorite netflix shows, amiright?
But seriously, folks, we all have the same 24 hours in a day and how we spend those hours is our choice. Now, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but making time at least a couple of times a week for exercise is incredibly important.
Step one: pick some kind of exercise that you enjoy. I would not presume to say that everyone should take up running. Perhaps you prefer swimming, or Zumba, or just taking a walk. The important thing is to get your body moving.
Step two: determine where you can do your exercise of choice. Do you need to join a gym? If a gym membership is out of the question for you right now, is there a free class being offered? I know locally we have had free yoga classes offered on Saturday mornings in the park. Check Facebook or Google and see what you can find in your area. Do you know anyone who has a pool who will let you do laps once or twice a week? What about finding a group of friends or fellow moms who have a stroller club a couple of times per month?
Step three: decide how much time you will commit to your exercise each week. I feel confident that we can each find thirty minutes a day several days a week to commit to moving our body. Decide what will work for your schedule, but make realistic goals. If you haven’t been exercising regularly in months, it isn’t realistic for you to set a goal of working out five days a week for sixty minutes per day.
Step four: set a goal for yourself. Maybe you want to make sure that you take at least 10,000 steps per day, according to your fitbit. Maybe you find a run or walk that’s scheduled in the next couple of months that you can train for. Maybe your goal is to swim a certain number of laps without stopping. Whatever your goal is, write it down.
Step five: get yourself some kind of accountability. Reach out to a friend to see if he or she would be willing to be your accountability partner. Post your goal on facebook and ask your friends to check in with you regularly to see what kind of progress you are making. Join an online exercise group, or a group at the gym. Just find someone who will help keep you accountable for making progress towards your goal.
Last of all, have fun. Now, I’m not saying each step in the process is going to be fun, but make sure you look at the progress you are making and be proud of yourself!