Today’s topic is: “How do you incorporate exercise into your day?”
The short answer is “I have two toddlers!” The long answer is “it still takes effort.”
In mid-February, I decided that instead annual New Year’s Resolutions which usually fizzle out before the snow melts, I was going to attempt monthly resolutions. In theory, this would allow me to focus my attention on building a single new (positive) habit or routine. And if I could successfully do something new for 30 days in a row, maintaining the effort thereafter would be relatively easy. So, in March, my resolution was to floss my teeth, and I’m happy to say that it is now a normal part of my nightly routine.
Why do I bring this up now? Well, my monthly resolution for April is to log 10,000 steps a day on my fitness tracker. That turns out to be a little less than five miles.
In a previous lifetime, I would walk to and from my corporate job or head to the gym to get exercise. Now, as a stay-at-homemaker (stay-at-home mom + homemaker), I’m lucky if I get out of my pajamas before noon. That doesn’t mean I don’t walk around; I just walk around inside, in comfortable pajamas.
So, how am I doing with my step goal so far this month? Unfortunately, I am one for three (but to be fair, the first two days of April had rain or wind chills in the teens, so walking to the mailbox was ill-advised.) However, yesterday (sunny and nearly 70 degrees) I crushed my step goal because the whole family spent two hours outside cleaning up the yard.
As the weather continues to improve and the days get longer, I am optimistic that I will be able to earn my steps by working in the gardens, walking to the mailbox, playing in the yard with the girls, walking in the back woods while searching for morel mushrooms, and helping my husband work on Hawkeye in the shop. And, once a week, I get to wander around the local grocery store and the library (and on lazy summer days, the girls and I will spend an hour or so at the park.) All those activities, plus the quotidian chores around the house, should help me reach my daily goal.
How do you make sure you get enough exercise? Share in the comments.
~ Phoebe DeCook