Although I majored in Exercise Science, first, that doesn’t mean I love to exercise. And second, that doesn’t mean I passed most of my classes with higher than a “C.” But I do know that exercising is good for my body.
Being a mother is hard work. But there are 5 simple ways to increase your exercise level (or to start exercising) without having to be working toward being an Olympic Champion.
1. Plan exercise into your day. It sounds simple and I have scheduled time to exercise everyday yet somehow I only get to it 3-4 times a week. But if you at least plan it, you’ll be more than likely to get it done every now and then.
2. Don’t push yourself too hard in the beginning. If you push too hard or exercise too hard, you may end up hurting your body more than helping it. Almost every single time my husband goes from sedentary to overly active, he not only hurts a muscle or joint, but he also gets sick. I’m not saying this will happen to you, but just like with most things, your body needs to slowly acclimate to the new lifestyle. Take it slow. Work up to where you want to be.
3. Set small goals. Setting small goals and working towards those is not only easier but a lot more satisfying in the long run because you’ll be able to cross off all of those small goals to continue to work towards larger goals.
4. Find a workout buddy. It’s always a lot easier to exercise when you’re being held accountable for exercising. It also helps in pushing towards goals and finishing the workout.
5. Figure out your favorite exercise. Not everyone is a runner or a bicyclist (unlike what my neighbors seem to make me believe). You might enjoy yoga, martial arts, swimming, or if you’re me, workout videos that I can do at home. Find that favorite exercise, find a buddy, set small goals, plan it into your day, and get going. You’ll enjoy it a lot more if you love what you’re doing.
And remember, don’t push it. Work yourself into it slowly. Also don’t expect quick results. Let your body slowly change and make the new exercising a new habit.