What are your roadblocks to daily exercise? For me, time, motivation and limited energy from Rheumatoid Arthritis prevent me from exercising every day. I’m not going to be signing up for boot camps or marathons anytime soon and need simple ways I can sneak exercise into my day until it becomes a must-do habit. So I’m happy to share as my guest today my blogging friend Rachel from Fit Triangle Mom and the NC Blogger Network who is sharing 5 Ways to Add Fitness to Your Life.
5 Ways to Add Fitness To Your Life
By Rachel Withers from Fit Triangle Mom
There will never be enough time in the day to accomplish all of our goals. So why is exercising always last on our list of priorities? Some people don’t know where to start and others are just unsure as to where to schedule it into their day. The following is a list of 5 ways to add Fitness to your life. Find one (or more) that works with your schedule and stick with it. I promise, you’ll feel better and smile wider, and those are just two reasons why you should make exercise a priority.
No special gear needed, just you and a comfortable pair of shoes. I tend to get sleepy after lunch and a nice walk outside invigorates my spirit. It’s a combination of the fresh air and my increased heart rate. It could be a walk at the park, down your neighborhood street or at the mall on a rainy day.
Play with your Kids
Kids seem to have an unlimited amount of energy. Too bad we haven’t figured out a way to harness it for ourselves. Good thing having fun is contagious. My boys love it when we play pass with the soccer ball, catch with a football or baseball, a game of horse with the basketball or just a simple game of tag. Your kids will enjoy playing with you, and you’ll burn some calories in the process.
When I’m short on time and can’t make it to the gym, bodyweight exercises are easy and effective. Squats, ab crunches, planks, lunges, push-ups, burpees, jumping jacks, and high knees are a few of my favorites. Try doing 3 sets of 12 of each exercise (rest between sets) or setting your timer for a 1-2 minutes of each exercise. When you’re ready to increase the difficulty, increase your time or repetitions.
Join a Gym
Four-years-ago I joined the gym. It was the exercise escape I needed. They offered childcare, treadmills, and weights. The best part of joining the gym is the friends I have met. Moms just like myself that were trying to add an hour of exercise to their day have since become my accountability partners that motivate me to make healthy choices.
I’m a competitive person by nature, but I have learned that when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s best to compete with yourself. After I gave birth to my youngest son, I had the urge to run a 5k. I was 34-years-old, and never considered myself a runner much less one that would run a race, but I was determined to lose the baby weight. I started training with the Couch to 5k app and slowly transformed myself into a runner and eventually crossed the finish line of my first 5k. The feeling of accomplishment and reaching my goal was amazing that I have continued running and challenging myself. My next goal is to run a 10k.
Rachel Withers is the writer and owner behind Fit Triangle Mom. She enjoys sharing about her motherhood experiences with an emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle and raising two boys in North Carolina. She believes Healthy Moms make Happy Kids.
I love Rachel’s tip to do bodyweight exercises and stretching. With Rheumatoid Arthritis, I know stretching and riding my stationery bike are great exercise to improve my joint mobility. The less I move, the more weight I gain and the more my joints hurt. Rachel is right, when I do exercise I feel better and smile wider. To help me stay motivated, I’ve incorporated exercise into my habit tracker on my bullet journal. Checking off that I did it usually helps motivate me.
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Be Our Guest Fridays is a weekly feature where I feature guest posts by my favorite bloggers and authors. I started this feature to encourage and support the bloggers I love and the authors I want you to know. I am excited to share with you these creative and inspiring individuals. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, leave me a comment on this post and I’ll be in touch.
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How do you sneak exercise into your day? How do you overcome your roadblocks and keep the motivation to exercise? Tell Rachel and I in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!