Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WLW: Making Exercise Fit

I haven't participated in a WLW for quite some time, but when I read the topic this morning, I felt compelled to write (or maybe I'm just avoiding cleaning, dishes, and laundry?).
In Indiana, it had been my habit to get up at 4 or 5 am, when my husband's alarm went off, and go for a walk/ run around the neighborhood.  On days when I didn't feel walking was a good option, I would do some Pilates via Netflix.  Then my husband lost his job.  Then he got a job, and moved to North Dakota.  Then etc., etc., etc....  I struggle with transitions and finding a new normal.  So, I just stopped exercising.  I know, definitely not a good plan.
The new school year started here in ND last week.  We are about 7 blocks from the school, so I decided it made a lot of sense to walk to school.  Between drop off and pick-up, this gives me a total of about 28 blocks.  This is definitely not the intensity of work out I had before, and I know that if I want to loose weight (rather than maintain weight), I will need to step up my game.  But for now, I am "back in the game" of exercising regularly.  I also find that walking gives the kids and I more chance to talk-- bonus!
All of this is great, but what I feel is the best part of this is a change of mind-set.  We are currently in a rental house and shopping for a new home.  Yesterday we looked at a home and trace the route for the kids and I to walk to school from that house.  We definitely would not have done that 3 months ago!  Exercise for Mama is fantastic, but teaching my children that exercise can easily become a way of life, THAT is what it's all about!
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1 comment:

  1. What a great way to fit in some exercise!!! It really is so important to help children develop a habit of exercise. I don't think that we realize we're helping them for the future. So good job Mama!

    Big (((hugs))) to you! I'm so glad you participated in WLWed this week!!!