Exercise. Bleh. You inwardly groan when you hear someone mention the word. You know you need to do it. You meant to start last Monday…..but, you know…..
Time. Another word that gives the same reaction. You know you should do more, be more, have more within your day…….and yet, those 12 hours fly by.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says to look carefully how you walk. Not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of time.
As Believers, whatever we do is to be done wisely, and for God’s glory. That includes caring for the body that we have been gifted.
It’s important to mention that we don’t glorify our bodies themselves….selfishly putting all of our attention on making the outside look as hot as possible. No, our chief aim is to glorify Him and enjoy him forever. That means that whatever we do…..we do to glorify Him. Making time for the exercising of our bodies can be an act of worship to our Creator, and one more way that we can enjoy Him.
**Before we dive into some practical suggestions, I want to take a minute to talk to the Mommy who is barely surviving each day. This is not a guilt blog. I am not going to sit here and flash my six pack abs at you and tell you to get up off the couch and quit being lazy. In all honesty, I don’t have a six pack abs…..and I’m currently sitting on my couch writing this. These articles are ALWAYS meant to be an encouragement. They are NEVER meant to tear you down. Simply take what is useful for your situation, and leave the rest. It’s not worth losing what little sanity you have left over a dumb blog.
1. Select a time slot in your day where you feel the least pull to put your time and energy into something else. Early morning when your kids are still asleep. After you drop them off at school. During nap time. Late in the evening after you put them to bed.
2. Put it on your calendar. Look at each day individually, or look at your week as a whole and move your priorities around so that you can fit in an hour here and there. Or, just go ahead and block out the same time each day (or certain days) and know that you can’t plan anything during that time. If your husband is anything like mine, he’s going to happily give you the tools you need to take care of yourself. Ask him to help you block out time. I bet he’ll surprise you with his willingness to enable you to make it happen.
3. Make it a social experience. Ask one or more of your friends to commit to going for a run or walk with you several days a week. If you have a friend who goes to the same gym, ask them to meet up with you at the same time each day! Never underestimate the power of positive peer pressure. If you don’t have a friend that wants to sweat it up with you…..go to a group exercise class. It’s so fun and motivating to see others who are making positive changes like you.
4. Make it an opportunity to be by yourself. As a mom you are always needed for something. There are times when it’s just really nice to have an hour or so to yourself. Why not take the opportunity to work your muscles while letting your brain relax. If your gym has a nursery, you don’t even have to feel guilty! My kids have always loved being able to go play with new and exciting toys and friends. My 7 year old still tells me it’s such a treat for me to take her.
5. Reward yourself. Put a dollar in a jar every time you work out. At the end of the month, take that money and spend it on something that will bring you joy. Set a goal: if you work out ___ number of days for ___ number of weeks, you give yourself an evening out, or those shoes you’ve been wanting. Whatever it is that would motivate you, don’t be afraid to use it (within the bounds of wisdom and with your spouse knowing, of course!). I don’t know about you, but coffee is a strong motivator for me, along with time to read whatever book is on my bedside table at the time. I will often tell myself that if I take an hour to work out at the gym, I can go through Starbucks on my way home and get my boring black coffee and then read for an hour (or whatever) when I get home. It’s the little things ?.
6. Multitask! My husband and I love to make our workout sessions at the gym into mini dates! Why yes, we will drop those precious girls off with an already paid babysitter and go spend time together….while getting fit! It’s a beautiful thing, let me tell ya. We flirt with each other, tease each other, and encourage each other. Usually if one of us doesn’t feel like working out, the other one does, so there’s built-in accountability. Plus, you’ll both feel better and that leads to better moods, which leads to a better marriage, which leads to a better home life……see? Positive steps here, people. Positive steps.
And here…at the very end of my article…..I talk about tacos. Because tacos are great for a cheat meal. And great for life in general. And tacos are in my title for this blog. Tacos ???.
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