Since I basically went my whole pregnancy without exercising, I’ve been pondering some goals I want to set to get my body a
little lot more healthy. Since exercise has been on my mind lately, I asked my brother-in-law Dallan if he would do a guest post for me. He is an amazing example to me of endurance and sticking to his goals when it comes to fitness (you’d have to be to finish a ONE HUNDRED MILE race)! He blogs about ultramarathon running and trail running, so if you are a runner (or want to be), make sure and check out his blog.
AND stick around for our ALL THINGS THURSDAY BLOG HOP at the end of this post! 😉 This is my first week hosting the blog hop, so if you don’t know what it is: It’s a chance for my readers to get to know other bloggers (through the links that they leave) as well as get some inspiration for creative projects, crafts and recipes. Have fun!
Okay Dallan, take it away:
Parents who Exercise are Not Selfish
Being a parent is a demanding job. It is time-consuming, it is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. With all those demands the health of a mother or father can take a back seat to raising a family. It is easy to justify putting off the need to exercise by saying you are putting your family first over your health and fitness. Mothers especially feel that taking time to exercise is a selfish activity and takes away from the family.
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I want to suggest that exercising is not selfish, but it is something that can benefit a family by showing
- Children examples of setting and achieving goals.
- That you can have a body you feel healthy about.
- When you take care of yourself you are better able to take care of others.
An Example of Setting and Achieving Goals
Children watch and learn from the habits of their parents. If parents are examples of setting and achieving goals, then it is more likely that children raised in such homes are more likely to do the same. But it is not enough to just to be an example of this, but to set and achieve goals in things that children need to do to be happy and successful in life. I personally think setting goals in healthy living is very import for children to see parents do. Children will see the hard work it takes to be healthy and the benefits of that hard work, which is better health.
An Example of Having a Body that Feels Healthy
When we are healthy we will have a body that feels good. I’m not talking about that perfect body that super models have, but a body that feels good, healthy and strong. When we feel this way, it is more likely that we will have a healthy self-image. This leads to confidence in self. Being this way leads to being happy around our family. Our children will see this and they will begin to develop a healthy self-image of themselves as well.
When Taking Care of yourself you are Better Able to Take Care of Others
I think the best benefit of living healthy is that you will have more energy. All this leads to being in a better place to take care of others and this most importantly includes your family. When someone is asking for your time you will have the energy to do it. Not just the physical energy, but the emotional and mental energy as well.
Tips for Exercise
- Find something you enjoy doing for exercise. This can be cycling, running, walking, swimming, or hiking. The important thing here is to find something you enjoy and then it will be more likely that you will stick with it.
- Find a friend that will exercise with you. Having a friend will help motivate you to get out the door. Exercise is always more enjoyable when there is someone to talk to.
- If time and money is an issue, consider keeping your workouts close to home thus eliminating the need to go to a gym and pay the fees associated with gym membership. You could bike, walk or run through the neighborhood you live in, you could look up on the internet exercises you can do in your living room. If money is not too much of an issue you could purchase a treadmill or a stationary bike. Doing these things will help you save on time and help you stay close to home if you are a busy parent with children.
- Stick with it! Healthy living is something that needs constant attention. Health and fitness is not something you can store up for when needed and then go sit on the couch, but only comes when you have been diligently exercising every day.
Now for the Blog Hop. I thought it would be fun to host this party each week so that you all can meet some of my blogging friends and some things they’ve been up to.