Fitness. In all it’s glory, is just another thing to fit in, and it’s HARD!
Our bodies have changed since having kids, our fitness was once great, but now …. less so. And things used to change easily. We had a bad month, but then within a couple of weeks any indiscretions were quickly gone, and we were back to our fit, fab selves. OR, some of us didn’t come to fitness pre-children, and yet it’s now something we crave, just to get us out of the house. OR, we have zero interest still… There is a squillion other scenarios for us mums when we think about being fit, or in fitness itself.
Here’s the thing. It does help in being a mum. It does help us find our equilibrium, our balance. It encourages us to breathe deeply, and by moving our muscles we quieten the thoughts in our head.
I’m not suggesting that you head out and do training for a 10km run, unless that’s your thing. What we need to do, is commit to something, to only 5 mins of something every day. I suggest stretching, or walking. Even for the VERY fit among us mums, stretching for 5 mins at the end of the day, is hugely beneficial in helping us turn our brains off, and encourage us to have a good nights sleep … NOT in a “I’m exhausted” way, but in a way that has relaxed all the stress of parenting from our muscles.
This is really interesting that I’m writing this today – because while I know the benefits of doing some evening stretching, I still don’t do it. It’s just not my thing at the end of the day, but what is my thing is getting up early, so I have been doing some gentle stretching at the beginning of the day, which helps in setting up my day in a really positive way.
The trick with whatever you decide to do as a way of easing into fitness is that you need to do it daily. Take a weekend day off for sure, and I’m not a trainer or anything so if you’re worried about any of the mechanics talk to a doctor or a personal trainer, but whatever level you are at, and whatever exercise you choose – doing it daily is the key.
I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning to do my stretches, I was tired. Different things had kept me up in the night, and getting back to routine is draining in the initial beginning days, so I just didn’t want to. But … because it’s a daily deal with myself, I rolled out of bed, into the living room and did 5 yoga stretches. I did them a couple of times over – I’m NOT AT ALL a huge yoga fan (I wish I was) but there is no ego, no thinking, no need to change into sports gear and put on shoes, and so for me it works. If I had a deal that I would do this a couple of times a week, it just wouldn’t happen for me, I would be able to talk myself out of it in those early hours of the morning.
I’m not saying that stretching alone is going to make me a fitness guru, but I STRUGGLE to make a deal with myself to do another form of fitness daily, and I know that even stretching, breathing, moving my muscles is beneficial, even if it doesn’t feel like much.
Give it a go.
Some of you might choose classes, walking, DVD’s at home. I’ve tried a lot of different things over the years as I tend to get bored. Now there are so many wee 5 min YouTube snapshots of different things, even 5 mins crazy dancing.