Have you ever found yourself in that situation where family demands overwhelm you so much you forget about yourself? I can tell you with confidence you aren’t sailing alone in this boat.
You know, maintaining a fitness schedule can become an uphill task when all the family members want a piece of you. I know if you are a mom or dad can nod at this.
However, you should remember that your health and fitness is a win-win for you and your family. When you are fit and full of life, you can go about your daily chores flawlessly without getting fatigued. You are more focused, alert and zealous.
In this blog, I will discuss how you can manage your family obligations while religiously following your regular fitness objectives and later integrating your family into the physical fitness programme. Please follow me on this and learn more.
The Fist thing to do is, getting a notebook and start entering a record of how you are spending time at your current moment. This is important because when you audit how you spend your time, you’re sure to find a time during the day when you involve yourself in not so productive activity which you can reclaim and use it to for your exercise schedule.
This time audit will also help you in identifying when your family is involved in their things. This can be a revelation whether you are wasting valuable time doing things for your family which they can manage on themselves. This time can be used to do your physical routines.
Another technique is activating your biological clock in your mind. During the time of the day, find out when you are not exhausted and have some energy to spare and claim that as your time to do some exercises.
If you can’t manage your family destruction and you have some money to spare, pay for a professional gym service. With this, you can set some hours during the week to escape the family shenanigans for an undistracted workout.
If nothing works for you, you can be creative by doing some light exercises like stretching and Yoga. Do this in the morning and before going to bed.
Are your kids all over you? Involve them in some yard work, enjoy bike rides together or take a walk.
Don’t forget about your lovely pet dog; he needs to stretch out too. These activities however simple are fun and keep you fit and stress at bay.
Earlier on, I talked about escaping your family for some individual exercises. Now, let’s bring them in because I believe you are doing this to be a better mom or dad. Let’s assume you have learned how to manage your time better through journaling your daily activities.
We are living in the age where a disease like diabetes which was associated with senior folks has a high prevalence in young people. There is no better time to involve your young children in the importance of physical fitness. When you engage yourself in a fitness routine, you set a good parenting example to your kids on the importance of being fit and healthy.
We are in the century of obesity pandemic. Eating healthy foods and teaching your kids about it will rip immense benefits now and later in their adult lives. Do you remember when Michelle Obama invited kids to the white house garden to plant some healthy vegetables? See this.
The point am trying to make is, the earlier, the better. In my house, there is nothing like junk in the refrigerator. Eating fruits and veggies is a ritual in my house. Health meals sometimes can lack that inviting taste, but I never relent on heaping praise on the benefits of eating greens. Now my kids are the ones asking for the plant-based meals.
Though, I allow occasional junking on weekends.
Children learn by looking at their parents, and I know you know that. Do you have healthcare insurance? You know it’s expensive, and not all of us can afford it. Moreover, we can avoid paying high medical bills by practicing a healthy lifestyle. I don’t remember the last time I took my kids to the hospital. I’ve saved quite a substantial amount which has been re-invested in their education. It’s just a matter of choice, and some discipline and the results are inevitable.
When your children see you training though they might not join, it teaches your children about the importance of taking care of themselves.
Children are natural movers, encouraging them to do light excises will help in developing their social skills, brain development, and the ability to learn new things. Apart from impacting their physical development, their emotional and cognitive skills get a boost.
Rae Pica, a movement education specialist and the author of A Running Start: How to Play, Physical Activity and Free Time Create a Successful Child (Marlowe & Company). Says early childhood time is the best time to start cultivating the habit of exercising as fun for the kids. This makes them enjoy rather than avoid it.
Moreover, starting early means realizing the benefits early! “Moderate to vigorous physical activity feeds your brain with water, glucose, and oxygen, which we all need for optimum productivity,” says Pica. “And it gets those endorphins going, so we feel healthier too. That goes for both parents and the children.” So, do you have kids? By now I know you have your plan.
For your kids, sit down with them and let them have their say on the exercise programme. It might be chaotic at first, don’t worry, with time you’ll all blend in and become a wonderful team.
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