Saturday, April 4, 2009

Guest blog on exercise......

Welcome my guest blogger, Sarah Scrafford. She will give you tips for exercising when you have children and say you have no time. Thanks Sarah for the great advice.

Finding Time for Fitness, When You’re a Parent

I’m not going to lie and tell you that I love working out; I certainly don’t enjoy getting up early in the morning and sweating it out at the gym. What I do enjoy though is the feeling that comes over me after I’m done with my workout; what I love about exercising is the high it gives me throughout the day. And so I tried to get my sister to follow my lead and lose a few unwanted pounds. Her youngest is almost two now, and that’s a long time to be carrying the excess weight from pregnancy. Her excuse – I just don’t have the time.

It’s the standard line you hear from people who have kids; in fact, the younger the children are, the more vociferous this line is. But that’s really no excuse to ignore the most important thing in your life, and if you’re going to argue that your kids are what you value most, well, you need to focus on fitness if you want to be a good parent, because:

· You need to be able to keep up with them. Kids are boisterous and active by nature, so if you want to share in their games and activities, you need to have enough energy to do so.
· You need to be a good role model and set examples that they will want to follow when they become adults. If they see you leading an active lifestyle even though you’re really busy, they’re going to follow your lead as well.
· If you’re healthy, it naturally follows that you prevent illness and disease and that you get to be there for your kids all the time.

Ok, now that we’ve enumerated the reasons you need to exercise, let’s get on to discussing how to find, or rather make time for it.

· You need to get over the thought that rest and relaxation are important. They are, but not as important as the fact that you need to get back into shape and improve your fitness.
· If you don’t have time to go out and exercise, set up a routine at home. There are tons of Internet articles and videos that tell you how to work out even without equipment and in the short time spans that you have. You don’t have to exercise continuously for an hour to get the benefits; it’s enough to do five 10-minute workouts spaced throughout the day.
· Use the time when your baby is asleep to exercise. Or you could push the stroller around the park for a walk.
· If your children are older, play with them, preferably an active game that saps your energy and leaves you breathless with satisfaction. Take them on bike rides, hikes, skiing trips, swimming and ice skating.
· Increase your level of activeness – walk around more instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV; take the stairs instead of the elevator; walk to the store instead of driving your car. Or just put on some music and dance to your heart’s content.

I know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to focus on your fitness when you have crying babies to deal with and perpetual messes to clean up. But the sooner you get back to exercising, the better for you. If you give up without giving it your best shot, you’re never going to find the will power and determination to lose weight and get fit. It’s all up to you, so get started today.

This article is contributed by Sarah Scrafford, who regularly writes on the topic of radiography tech schools. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address:

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