Feel Whole Challenge Day 2: Get Moving and Commit to Doing Something Physical Daily
The idea of committing to something physical daily can seem easy at first, but life gets busy and we often don’t end up following through. With a little forethought and planning, each one of us can make this commitment and succeed at it. Exercise is not only good for our bodies; it is also good for our emotional well-being.
As a busy mother of four children, I can often find many excuses not to get moving each day. But, what if I looked at it a different way? There are so many ways that I can be physical each day; even with activities that include our children. How can I implement activity into our days together?
My favorite exercise routine is to go for a morning walk. Walking is an easy and free activity. It can be done most anywhere, does not take a lot of planning, and you do not need any special equipment. If I am by myself, I love to listen to podcasts or sermons. This is a great way for me to calm my mind and start the day as a mother.
We homeschool our children, so they are at home during the day with me. If they are awake, they will often join me for my walk. Sometimes we also engage in conversation, which is so treasured. This can be a great time to get one-on-one time with one of the older children.
Other times, they will ask to ride their bike or scooter while I push our youngest daughter in the stroller. We will often walk to see family members or neighbors or stop at the neighborhood park to play. In the summertime, we love to walk to the pool together. This is a great way to get even more exercise and then enjoy cooling off in the water.
On busy days when our children have soccer practice, I like to bring our stroller to the fields. The complex has a nice sidewalk around it that I can use while they practice. I find this to be a wonderful way to relax as the sun sets and the day ends.
Moving throughout the day is definitely doable and can be a lot of fun.
Here are some other ideas to get you moving this summer:
- Go for a swim. Solo or with your children.
- Get on the water. Give kayaking or paddleboarding a try.
- Try a new sport, or engage in a sport your children enjoy.
- Dance to some music while cooking or cleaning.
- Find some stairs to climb.
- Head outside and do some yard work. Include your children and plant some new pots.
- Try a workout video/routine.
- Head to the park with your kids.
- Head to the beach. Go on a walk to look for shells or bring a boogie board and ride the waves.
- Walk/play with your dog.
The ideas for getting active are truly endless. Commit to something physical daily for one week and then see if you can keep it going. You will not only feel good as you do this, but you will make some wonderful memories with your loved ones if you take on this challenge together.
The opinions in this blog have been written by a sponsored guest blogger, who is not an AdventHealth employee. This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Author: Ginger Unzueta