This is a guest post from Dr. Tamara D. Fishman of Life Coach University’s Mommy Coaching:
Take the stairs, park at the end of the lot, bike to work. Simple ways to keep fit seem to be all over the place these days. First of all, work is 8 miles away and only one of those miles has a bike lane. Second, I’m just running an errand – I’m parking in the front. And finally, it’s early, I’m tired, my knees hurt, it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to take the stairs.
I’m not a fitness expert and frequently struggle maintaining a healthy lifestyle of my own… So I probably shouldn’t tell you how best to live a healthy life.
I’m busy; I have children to raise and a job to keep. I work too hard for my own good and always wish I had more time for my family. Plus, I actually get excited when a new month rolls around because there will be a new blizzard at Dairy Queen.
So where do we draw the line? Where do we find the compromise between being moms, supporting a family, and taking care of our bodies the way we constantly tell ourselves we should?
As for me, I found something that I enjoy: running. Not all the time and not marathons. But I have grown to love the rhythmic sound of my feet on the asphalt, and feeling physically tired. The feeling of a weary body after physical activity is much more satisfying than the exhaustion I feel after a long day.
For others this may be an evening walk, or playing actively with the kids, or even wearing a pedometer at work. There is no silver bullet. Each of us is different. We each have bodies requiring different quantities of nutrients and activity to remain healthy.
Ultimately the answer lies in behavior change, which is not easy. I didn’t enjoy running or even jogging at first. It took time. Even now there are still plenty of days that I would much rather watch TV. Some days I do.
It’s for this reason, that ‘simple’ fitness tips cover magazines and the internet. They are easy ways to begin slightly altering behaviors from unhealthy to healthy (or at least less unhealthy).
We all have to start somewhere and on the road to behavior change, and small steps are the most effective. So let’s take a first step together. I’ll start parking at the end of the lot, even if it’s just for an errand.
Tell me your first step. I’d love to hear it.
Though, you can bet I’m still going to indulge myself from time to time. A new month is just about to start, after all.
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