I have always been one of those people about whom others say, "I don't know how you do it all." I definitely fill my plate. It's no different now. Between 2 kids, a full time job, 2 graduate math classes, the blog, and teaching dance, I have a lot to get done each week. And yet, I make it a point to exercise almost daily.
You might think it's because I want my pre-baby body back. I do, but that's not the real reason. I've been espousing daily exercise for years. I love being able to throw on some clothes and know that they will look and fit well. But still, this is not the primary motivation behind my exercise routine. My reasons for exercise, which have little to do with my physical appearance are as follows:
1. Energy: Some people refuse to exercise because they think "I barely have enough energy to get through my day now; I can't waste my energy on exercise." The thing is, exercise doesn't deplete energy, in fact, it increases it. Exercise increases your endorphins which gives you a boost in energy. This boost increases as you make exercise a part of your routine. It can actually become addicting. This makes exercise a great was to start your day. If you are dragging, exercise can give you the boost that you need.
2. Clarity: Exercising in the morning can actually increase you mental clarity throughout the day. It clears away the cobwebs of sleep and allows your mind to focus. Suffering from mom brain? Exercise can help!
3. Efficiency: You might think that taking a half hour to exercise daily takes 30 minutes away from everything else you have to do. Well, as far as actual hours in the day, yes, you will have 30 minutes less. However, exercise helps you become a ton more efficient. You can get more done in less time. Your brain can work on problems while you workout so that when you start your tasks, you can jump right in. No need to stop and think about it.
4. Confidence: Working out is a huge factor in increasing confidence. You don't even have to be at your goal weight yet. Just the fact that you workout enables you to carry yourself differently. You look at yourself more positively, your posture improves, and you feel stronger. Feeling strong and attractive is a huge factor in confidence.
5. Health: Increased health is of course a positive consequence of working out. Having a healthy strong body and healthy weight can decrease your risk of various diseases. It can also help you body defend itself better against infection. You will get sick less, and when you do get sick, it's easier generally to bounce back.
6. Role Model: Aloowing your kids to see you exercise helps you to be a good role model for them. It shows that you value your health and yourself. Exercise shows your kids that making time for yourself is important. It can also can help increase their level of activity. Let them workout with you!!
7. Keep Up with the Kids: Lastly for this list, working out can help you with running after the kids. You will have the strength and energy to play and keep up. You will have the ability to get down and play at their level. You can work to eliminate excuses on why you can't get down there. Your kids will appreciate it.
Now the best way to ensure that you get the most out of exercise, is finding an exercise that you love, especially your cardio. Use that to motivate your weight training. For example I love dance as my cardio. Since I want to be able to do some more difficult moves, it motivates me to weight train as well. If you like softball, you can join a team and use that as your exercise. You can use this as motivation for weight training to improve your game. Another way to motivate yourself is to set a goal. Sign up for a 5k or half marathon and workout to prep for that. Find something you enjoy so that you keep doing it.
Have a great weekend!