That thing called parenting.
Joyful and wonderful? Yes.
Lots of free time and rest and relaxation? No.
It is a 24-hour job and we’d be lucky if we accomplished everything we’d planned for the day.
Forget about “me” time. There’s just no time to even contemplate it, leave alone actually make it happen. Bosom buddies seem like a thing of the past and a regular routine seems like another life.
I remember those days when I’d be lucky if I showered three days in a row and ate my meals at the table.
I’d feel envious listening to at all those parents who talked about a morning walk – the only walking I did in the morning was inside the house. The only exercise I got was housework.
Oh, they’d say join your kids when they play. What a hope! I am guilty of grabbing that time to get the cooking done. Or at the very least, read a few pages! Or something!
But housework alone is not enough, even if it counts. And because of the irregular routine, it became more imperative to somehow find an easy way to get exercise that helped me stay healthy.
I tried getting yoga DVDs, fantasizing about doing it when my son was at playschool – but didn’t have the discipline. Oh I felt great watching it while I enjoyed a snack – but that is not the same as doing it, right? Sigh.
I decided to buddy up with another Mom in my neighborhood and we enjoyed walking together – exactly three days before Life interrupted and refused to let go.
Truth is, if we want to be fit and healthy, we need discipline and consistent effort. Besides fitness, it makes us feel energetic and enjoy life more. A lack of fitness can lead to a number of health problems. The stress alone is enough to drive you crazy!
As I discovered, it needn’t even take a lot of time. The trick is to split it up into smaller pockets of activity rather than trying hard to take an hour off.
Extracting 10 minutes is not so hard, right? No special equipment required! My favorite is, of course, walking briskly. But you can vary it up with these super-easy, yet effective body weight exercises for busy parents.
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How do you stay fit as a parent?