Well, it is 2012 and time for resolutions. I think resolutions can be a good thing since most of them involve getting healthier. You know, “I am going to start eating healthier”, “I am going to workout 3 days a week”, “I am going to become stress free this year!” Even though I am not one to really make resolutions I think I need to this year. Let me take that back I am not going to make a resolution; I am just going to get my butt back in gear.
So I am sure you are wondering what I am talking about. Lately I have felt like a big hypocrite. Why? I work in the health and fitness profession and day in and day out I tell people how important it is to be healthy, to eat right, and to be active and all along I am not even following my own advice. Just like anyone else I can come up with a million excuses but I have one big excuse. He has big brown eyes, the cutest smile you have ever seen, and the most precious little toes…yep I am the mom to a 1 YEAR OLD!
I love my job and enjoy working with the public and educating people on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I get to speak with all different types of people and walks of life but I have found a common trend. When speaking with most women who are mothers they all have the same excuse to why they do not work out: Kids and have no time. That answer blows my mind. I mean there are 24 hours in a day and all I am asking of them is to give 30 minutes to be active. They have to have a better excuse than time. Well guess what, THEY ARE RIGHT! I know I could always set the alarm earlier, workout at lunch or even when the little one goes to sleep. But I have found extra sleep and a break seem better than stepping on the treadmill.
So I am going to take my own advice to become active like I once was or at least work up to it. Even small increments of 10 minutes here and there are better than nothing. Did I mention that my job is at a fitness center? And still I don’t work out regularly. There are many exercises I can do at home with my little one and still not miss out on spending time with him.
So to those parents who are successful with being a parent and exercise, can you offer any advice?