Getting Fit

Take better are of YOU this summer by getting fit and working daily exercise into your life.

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.

I’m back in the saddle. After last summer’s workout fest and getting discouraged that my body had not changed one itty bitty bit, I got really lax over the winter months, more and more so over the last couple months. We were busy and I could make all kinds of excuses.

I know that I need to work to live a healthier life.

I know with my head that regular exercise is good for my body, even if the inches don’t fall off. As far as cardiovascular health, it’s better to move than not, right?

Last week I turned 42. It wasn’t nearly as painful as turning 39. FishPapa clued me in about weight lifting. In some ways I’d been “doing it wrong”. My 16yo was kinda stunned that I didn’t know the things I learned last week: namely, that you’re supposed to challenge yourself and that the last set should be harder than the first.

Anyway, all that to say, I’m back at the gym. I decided that I would challenge myself to do something exercisey every day. In the last week, I’ve done the fitness center (weight machines and treadmill) three times, taken three yoga classes, and walked laps at our homeschool running club. My breathing feels more exhilarated, and as James Brown would say, “I feel good.”

Bonus: My hip isn’t hurting me these days. It could be that I’m in so much muscle pain elsewhere that I don’t notice it. Or maybe I needed to be stretching the right things. I dunno. Time will tell, I suppose.

I whined earlier today that last summer was a waste if I wasn’t doing it right. My son told me it wasn’t. Moving is better than sitting still, right?

I’ve been pushing myself a little bit harder on the weights and even tried running on the treadmill each time. Eventually I might get past a half-mile, but it’s a start. I’m hoping that I might lose these five or ten Perimenopausal Pounds this year. It won’t be as easy as this time I lost a lot of weight, but I hope I’ll develop some better habits this year.

If you’re wondering why or how to make this whole getting fit thing a reality, check out these past posts. 

Get Yourself Fit:

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.
5 Reasons to Exercise

I don’t need to exercise. I’m not very athletic. I’m not coordinated. I like reading better. I’m not an athlete. I don’t really have a weight problem. I don’t like to sweat. I don’t have time for that.

Those are all the different things I’ve said to myself over the last twenty-five years. Even earlier, I guess. I was always the last kid picked for a softball team. I faked a stomach ache whenever dodge ball was on the teacher’s schedule.

In high school I lettered in baseball. No lie….

Read the rest here.

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.
How to Make Working Out Work for You

I am not an athlete. I am a book worm, a homebody, an indoorsy kind of person. I understand when my 11-year old says he’d rather be creative than do something athletic.

But, I also know that exercise is not about weight loss. It’s about health. It’s about keeping your body limber and in good working order. While I can’t guarantee that disease and injury won’t take me down, at least I can be, as my husband says, a moving target.

Read the rest here.

Get Your Family Fit:

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.
6 Tactics for Family Fitness

Family fitness benefits go well beyond a trimmer body. Its strong glue has helped hold our family together. And it’s shepherded us through some challenging times. As I watch my kids grow up to be healthy in body and mind and soul, I know I can thank our family activity for this.

But while in the long run it can make family life easier and more rewarding, it isn’t always easy to get going. Go here for a few key tactics to employ to make it happen

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.
6 Simple Ways to Exercise as a Family

I’ve also come to realize that my metabolism is slowing down as I age. And extra bulk around my waist can no longer be blamed on a baby. That is mine. I understand that exercise is good for all of us.

Unless your family is active in team sports, it can be a little tricky to find ways to get everyone fit. Your kids may or may not be getting enough exercise at school. And for homeschoolers, well, we’re our own PE teachers, aren’t we? We all need to get out and get physical.

Go here to read the rest.

Getting Fit | Life as MOM - ways and reasons to take better care of yourself and get fit.
Transform Your Life with Family Fitness

Dinner prep is breathing down your neck . . . helping with homework is sucking up the last of your patience . . . and you’re feeling the miles you’ve traveled since the day began oh-so-long-ago this morning. You’re feeling tired down to your bones!

The last thing you want to do is round the kids up and jump on bikes. Sitting for a few minutes is much more enticing.

But imagine this . . . imagine if you did hop on those bikes . . .Imagine if you broke away from the downtrodden feeling of the late afternoon and took a quick tour of the neighborhood. Everything might change.

Read the rest here.

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Comments

  1. Lifting weights should make you somewhat sore. Not the “I can’t move” kind of sore, but the “it hurts some when I do that” sore. The stretching and strengthening of your muscles should help your hip pain. Just be sure to use good form, and if it hurts (not muscle fatigue – there’s a difference), stop doing it immediately. I’ve been trying to get some exercise every day, and I definitely feel better when I do.

  2. We’ve been made to move, so we should move. I exercise formally sometimes, but wear a pedometer 6 days a week and have been madly gardening. The thing about exercise is that it’s something that you can never be finished with…so I’m trying to build it in as a reward rather than as a ‘must do’ and the change in my attitude really helps me enjoy it.

  3. I think it’s also important to find something you love. I do NOT love team sports but I love my martial arts! In fact, I have recently begun running (which I HATE!!) in order to improve my endurance for martial arts. I can do the running because I love what it’s doing for me with improved cardio. I also have asthma so I need to constantly work on my lungs. Keep going! Movement counts! I found wearing a pedometer both eyeopening and motivating.

  4. Thanks for sharing about fitness. It’s a HUGE deal to me. I’m finally getting back into the swing now with my baby approaching nine months and school out for the summer (I teach public school “ESL”). On the plus side, I weigh what I did when I got pregnant both times, plus 1 1/2 – 2 lbs which I attribute to breastfeeding still.
    And now, on a much more important note: I got your juice book today! The kids are napping; I’m going to settle in with it.

  5. You’re at least the 3rd blogger from whom I’ve read about weight training lately. I’m definitely motivated – baby is 8 weeks old and I’m excited to get in better shape this summer. Right now it’s lots of walking,but I need to add in the weights. Keep inspiring us with your progress!

  6. Thank you so much for writing this! I, too, have an old hip injury that actually improves when I am active and hurts more when I stop exercising. Lately, I have been “too busy” to exercise, and as a result, my energy level has been down, I’m not sleeping as well, and I definitely don’t feel very strong or limber. I need to get back into the habit. Thank you for the reminder. I try to remember that I am blessed to be able to exercise. That helps keep me motivated (sometimes!) Thanks, again.

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