It's not to say I wasn't athletic at all. In high school, I really enjoyed cheerleading and gymnastics. Several years after college, I decided I needed to find a way to start working out again. Those cookies weren't going to work themselves off. So, I started running. I figured I was, at a bare minimum, coordinated enough to run. I stayed with it for awhile, but eventually fell away.
Running started a snowball effect and I found myself weirdly wanting to workout more, I can never in my life say this has occurred. Oh, and I finished the half marathon, it wasn't a blazing time, but I did it. To be very vulnerable with you all, below are my before and after race pictures. The before picture got posted to social media, the after picture has never seen the light of day until now. Whatever, I'm proud I finished, but my kids acted like they didn't know me.
|Pre-race--the picture I didn't mind to show others|
|Post race--I pretended like these pictures didn't exist|
Now, back to the point of this point...
Here are a few tips to getting moving and find your fitness:
- Find activities that make you happy.
- Find a friend. I quit running again for about two months, until someone asked to come running with me. Having a running buddy is keeping me motivated to start again, and holds me accountable for showing up and putting in the work.
- Set goals each workout.
- Have evolving goals. The goals you set for your first workout is not the same as your goals 8 weeks later
- Listen to your body. If you can't reach your daily goal don't get hurt, but push yourself further if you can.
- Be active as a family. Our family loves dance parties. Seriously, we have dance parties several nights a week, and they are so FUN! We are active as a family and building memories during this time. Plus, my kids don't yet know their mama in uncoordinated.
- Find 30 minute workouts to get your heart rate up and put in the work! Seriously, it's 30 minutes, you have to work hard.
- Something is better than nothing. Have your kids with you and can't go to the gym? Take them for a walk.
- Prioritize your fitness
|Morning dance party. If you notice the light on the shelf, it usually comes out for full family dance parties.|
This post should not be read as, "I workout all the time and I love it!" In reality, I have trouble finding time, even 30 minutes, so I workout usually two to three times a week. I often lack motivation, so I need accountability partners. As cliche as it sounds, sometimes looking at my boys is my motivation. I want as many days with them as I can, and I want to be a good example.