I remember when this sign was a big deal to me.
Two miles. I ran two miles without stopping. And this sign meant I had to run two more miles in order to make it back to my car and drive home after running my favorite trail.
I wish I could tell you that I’m this super fit mom of three kids who is the perfect weight and the perfect size. But I’m not.
Maybe that makes me the wrong person to write a series about fitness and motherhood. But then again, maybe it makes me the right person for the job.
Because I would rather curl up on the couch with my best friend, classic literature, than run 4 miles. And it’s hard for my type A personality to leave a messy house and dinner prep to my husband while I go for a run. And it is so hard for this night owl to get up for a 6:30 am run.
But I need it.
And you need it too. Whether you are overweight like me or perfectly thin like my husband, your heart needs exercise. You can Jazzercise, walk, run, or CrossFit, but whatever form of exercise you do, your body needs the physical and emotional benefits from working out.
How I Stopped Procrastinating and Started Exercising
Want to know how I finally stopped procrastinating and started running? It’s quite a big secret:
I just did it.
I started running.
I finally realized that if I continued waiting for “the right time” then it would never happen. I kept thinking I would start exercising when the baby slept through the night or when I was no longer breastfeeding. But you know what? I’ve been pregnant, breastfeeding, or both since 2008. Six years. And my second and third children took a long time to sleep all night. The right time may never come.
So when my third child was 5 months old, my husband and I started running. And I’m still running.
Because the right time is now.
A New Series
This month, we’re going to talk about fitness for the busy mom. Stop by every Thursday to see the latest fitness post. I’m going to share with you my practical tips for fitting in time for exercise. I will also tell you all about the new strength training program I started over a month ago, which is perfect for a busy mom. And then we’ll talk about running and breastfeeding. I’ve noticed a real lack of information on the internet about breastfeeding and running, so I’m going to help get that discussion going here on the internet.
And again, if I can do these things, then truly anyone can.
What’s your favorite way to exercise?