I told you that I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions or set any specific goals for the year. However, I really do want to try to exercise more often.
I wish I enjoyed exercising more than I do. I often use my asthma as an excuse not to exercise…but ultimately I know that consistent exercise would be good for my lungs.
My other really good excuse for not exercising is that I live in Nebraska and being outside for any activity other than scraping ice off of the windshield is not really possible for about six months out of the year.
If I had to pick a favorite form of exercise, it would be my mini trampoline. I can use it inside, any day of the year (as opposed to this one, but boy that sure was fun). It’s easy on my knees and shins…it’s good for the immune system. It actually feels pretty good. WHY do I not used it regularly? I don’t know.
Have any exercise advice for me? Are you good at exercising? What is your favorite form of indoor exercise? What time of day do you exercise? How in the world do you motivate yourself to exercise regularly?
Hey, actually….does typing count as exercise? I am pretty fast at it and do it quite regularly. How about switching out laundry? Running up and down the stairs a million times a day to get what I need? Aha! I’ve got it! Nertz! I can totally work up a sweat playing Nertz!
And here I thought I didn’t get enough exercise.
Okay, but really…any advice on the above questions would be great.
I live in Colorado, so I know what you mean about the cold weather keeping you from working out. A good solution is to walk the mall or another large indoor facility, go ice skating, roller skating (on a regular basis – and you can even bring the kids!)…make it a point on warmer days to walk to the grocery store instead of drive when you just need to pick one or two things up. Find excuses on warm day to walk. Walk to pick up a movie. Walk to the library. Walk to a friend’s house. Walk to Starbucks and get a coffee for your morning time…that’s what I do. If you live out in the country, obviously some of these things wouldn’t work, though :) Good luck!
I live in CO too, and I’ve been trying to brainstorm how
I can “get moving” when the weather is so cold. I love the
idea of going to the mall to walk, I could even take the kids
(if I had a double stroller!). I’ll definitely keep that in mind!!!
Lenetta @ Nettacow says
I need to get together the gumption to finish thinking about my new year’s resolutions – one of them most certainly is exercise. If working out was as enjoyable as eating chocolate, I’d be set. I bought a cheap used Gazelle a few years ago but I’m not crazy about it as I feel off balance and I get dizzy while using it – I have trouble with motion sickness while I’m sitting still, so it’s no surprise. But I know nothing is going to happen unless *I* make it happen, so I need to get crackin’!
Jeree B says
If you really like to feel silly and have a YMCA or gym near by try Zumba. Yoga is nice too, in a class or at home with a tape.
Hi Laura- I live in WA and since rainy season started outside walking is not really possible! I have a baby and he naps from 1-4 pm. I try to fit in my exercise then. My favorite form of indoor exercise is walking! Yes, I found some great walking videos by Leslie Sansone. You can can pick between 1-5 miles. I usually do 2-3 mils every other day. It’s fun and easy and good for you. Check them out at your library to find which ones you like and then order from ebay the ones that you would use. I try to walk everyday. I haven’t been good over the holidays though. Will get back at it!
Haha…I can relate! I used to tell my hubby that if he tacked a Snickers bar onto the wall, it would motivate me on the treadmill! I could just “run” for it…sadly, it was always just out of reach…
My favorite type of exercise is strength training. I use a 5 lb. set of hand weights and a big exercise ball. You can sit and lift the weights overhead, lie on your back and lift, or use the ball for sit-ups and push-ups! It’s cheap and I’ve had great results, especially in building core strength!
My motivation was turning 40!
I’m thinking about starting to use our Wii Fit. ????
Marie @ Filling My Family says
I just posted about not doing well with my exercise resolution too! I’m thinking of getting the Wii Fit but I really don’t want to spend that much when I have perfectly good exercise DVDs, weights, a balance ball…
I don’t like exercising either! I used to do Leslie Sansone’s indoor walking DVD’s. They were great, but I’ve done all of them for over a year and now I’m bored.
I just posted about two of my favorite workout DVDs (and one not-so-favorite). As to how I keep myself motivated, blogging about my journey has been a tremendous help, as well as adopting the “Do or do not. There is no try.” attitude. Also, the desire to no longer be obese helps. I’m down 15 pounds, so far with 80 more to go.
Angie @ Many Little Blessings says
We have started hard to try to get more healthy this year, so we (my husband and I) have been exercising every day. A few years ago, we asked my parents to just buy us a recumbent bike for Christmas to share. So, we have that, and then hubby found a great deal on an elliptical trainer at Walmart a few weeks ago. So, we now have our own personal gym in our bedroom. LOL (We have a small house, so not a lot of options about where to put those.) We also got a set of 5 lb hand weights, plus we have a Wii and have Wii Fit Plus. Hubby got me EA Active for the Wii for Christmas, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I am hoping that having some options for variety will help.
Try viewing activity time as a form of prayer…?
We live in PA. I use my treadmill everyday, sometimes I run, sometimes I walk. Just depends on my mood lol. I do my exercising before the house wakes, in the wee hours of the morning. I have to say, I like exercising a lot!
Christine M (France) says
I live close to Paris and winters are cold and rainy too !
I’ve read somewhere on your blog that you know the Flylady : she has a friend in her team called Jonathan Roche, a trainer, and I like the way he understands us, women who really often don’t like exercising… He says everything can be exercise, from climbing stairs to decluttering a room or moping floors (dough making for bread ???) and what is important is the regularity in moving.
I have an elliptic bike at home and I exercise 3 times a week, 40 mns each time, watching tv.. Go and check his website, you on’t have to spend money to exercise !
Happy new year to you all !
I can totally related. I live in Michigan, so we have snow and cold weather that prevents me from doing too much outside. My go to exercises in the winter is using my Wii Fit (or any Wii game that gets my heart rate up) and using my treadmill. I follow the Couch to 5K plan. I have plans on actually running a 5K, but it’s a slow and steady workout building intensity and distance slowly so I can handle it. Good luck!!!!
bright and blithe says
I feel your pain. I actually posted my solution last week. And so far, it’s working!
The BEST exercise advice I have: when you are thinking about whether or not to work out, tell yourself this: “YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT.”
Think about it, you never decide to work out and then wish you hadn’t afterwards. This motivates me every time. :)
I like pilates. You can get some good instructional DVDs at the library and there is basically no equipment required because you are pretty much working against your own body weight to build strength. It is really for strength though, so you would need to find another form of aerobic exercise. I really like to walk for aerobic exercise, but it sounds like that can be a challenge with the weather you have.
Yoga. It requires no equipment, except a DVD (or you can find episodes on TV quite frequently) and a yoga mat. It will help you focus and relax, plus you get a great workout all at the same time! I would also suggest the Wii fit, it’s lots of fun, you get a good workout, and you can make it a family affair!
Nancy Werwick says
My problem with exercise was finding the time. I ended up buying a YMCA membership and I slip out early in the morning while everyone is still sleeping. I now work out 5 days a week from 5am to 6:30am. I am home before everyone gets up so I can prepare a good breakfast for them. They never even know Im gone! An added benefit is that I now have “me time”. As a mother with young children that is a rare treat and consequently what keeps me getting up at 4:30 every morning. I enjoy the time that is mine and mine alone =)
I need to get more fitness in, too. I thought about running to the chocolate, but hence why I need more fitness. LOL! :D Since we have chilly weather here in KS, I’ve been staying indoors. I have no motivation presently.
Kim S. says
My favorite workout videos are the Yoga Zone DVDs that I do at night sometimes with my husband.
For my aerobic exercise, I’ve really been liking the Leslie Sandstone “Walk Away the Pounds.” I’m so not coordinated and don’t really enjoy the dancing-type exercises and her walking program is SO EASY. My sister used to home-school her kids and they all did it together. Plus you can do it in a tiny space in your house and still get a great workout. I bought the DVD from amazon.com with the 1, 2, 3, and 4 miles (for about $11) so I can customize my workout depending on how much energy I have.
Two afternoons a week I prepare dinner for my family and put it into the fridge, then I head to the gym for a couple of classes. When I get home my husband has served and cleaned up dinner and the kids are ready for bed! I loooove working out!!
Melissa Slayton says
At my request (and despite his fear of ridicule), my hubby bought me Wii Fit Plus and EA Active for the Wii for Christmas. :) Up until now, I’ve been walking on the treadmill while I listen to books on my Ipod. Now with the Wii, I have more variety.
I did the EA Active for the first time this morning, and I chose to do the easy level of the 30 day challenge. I am already sore–after only 19 minutes! This is going to be good! :)
I have done the Wii fit, but I think I like this better. Time will tell!
Greetings! Exercise is something I’ve been severely allergic to for many years. This year there was a change. I realized that in order for me to be as best of a witness/testimony of God I had to have my “temple” in order. I started asking Him to give me the desire to walk in the morning. He has. Over the last 9 months I’ve managed, with His help, to walk 2 miles each morning and also I ride an excercise bike in the afternoon for 30 minutes. I’ve now lost 24 pounds since April. My recommendation: start slow and work your way up. Set acheiveable goals!
My motivation is physical: with slightly elevated BP and bad knees, I don’t need to be carrying extra weight.
I include exercise on my daily planner, just as I include vacuuming and dusting. That doesn’t ensure that it gets done, but it helps.
We have a stationary bike in the basement, so it’s not weather-dependent. I take an mp3 player loaded with upbeat praise music, set a timer, and sing while I ride the bike!
I try to walk on our treadmill at least 4-5 times a week. What motivates me? My husband hooked up a TV with VCR and DVD right in front of the treadmill. While I walk, I watch movies or TV shows on DVD. The time goes by so quickly!
Well, you already knocked out my suggestion of a Wii. That really is the only way I’ll exercise, because it’s the only one that’s fun. We received it as a gift the Christmas (everyone in the extended family went together on it). We now have the Wii, Wii Fit and several games. The most fun (not billed as exercise) games available that really help with the exercise part are Active Life Outdoor Challenge, Active Life Extreme Challenge and Lumberjack. None of these games require the Wii Fit, although the Lumberjack game has an option to use it for some of the drills. My husband is a long-distance runner, and even he can get a little winded on some of those games!
I say exercise is purely mental, not physical. Almost everyone can start with short walks and gradually move up to a nice, strenuous workout. I also think if you have to drive somewhere to do it, you’re setting yourself up for defeat. I run EVERY morning with the dog, getting up at 5 a.m. Getting a high energy dog over a year ago was probably the best thing I did for my health. Fred doesn’t care if it’s raining, 95 degrees before the sun rises or zero degrees (tomorrow’s forecast), he has to get out.
It should go without saying that while I’m a morning person, there have been more than a few day I’d love that extra hour of sleep. But, like an earlier commenter mentioned, you will only regret not doing it.
We just got a membership at the Y because I needed some space to be able to exercise without hearing children. We have equipment here and that was working, to a degree, but with my kids always crying for me, I found it getting harder and harder to do something simple.
We have a Wii Fit and I try to use it so my kids see me exercising and know that this is just one more thing that we should do.
I’ve been using Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home DVDs for about 4 years and I LOVE them! She is a Christian, uses basic moves, and leads a very thorough workout. I use her higher-mileage ones (4 and 5 miles) which take about an hour but I’ve also done lower mileage ones that take 30 minutes or less. She occasionally uses ‘boosters’ (stretchy bands or hand weights which come with the DVDs) to incorporate strength training and there’s also usually a stretching segment to conclude. I like it because I don’t need alot of room or equipment to really work up a sweat.
Blessings on finding the right method for you!
I think the best workout is jumping jacks. It’s free, no equipment needed, and can be done anywhere, anytime. Or like you said Laura, jumping on the trampoline, or jump rope. Jumping is an even better workout than walking, you get more done in less time. I find it hard to walk outside with four little kids that would all need to be in a stroller on our busy road (but won’t fit), so indoors exercise is great. ExerciseTV.tv also has some free workouts, if you have space to jump around in front of your computer, but beware of the scantily clad instructors! Why can’t anyone workout in modest apparel??
Because it’s constricting. I know for myself I get hot easily while working out. So the less I have on the better.
Thanks for asking such a great question! I’m motivated from all of the responses, and have gotten some great ideas! (I was just praying about this and thinking about it last night….perfect!)
I like yoga. It’s peaceful, and the deep breathing that is a part of it would probably help with your asthma. When I worked in an office I used to do a few downward dog, cat/cow and bridge poses every afternoon because I injured my back in a car accident and it was the only thing that would relieve the pain. I still do this when my back gets really bad.
Beth Noorrdmans says
I got a Curves membership for my birthday a couple of months ago. I live in rural Minnesota so I was looking for something that was not weather dependant (it has been below zero for the last week!) The closest Curves to my home is 20 minutes away — so I only go 2x/week, when I am in town for other things. My husband has helped me to make it a priority by making time to take care of our daughter so that I can go to Curves. I like Curves because in 35 minutes I get a great cardio and strenght workout. I have a mini-step machine that I try to use 3-4x a week also — I usually do this while my daughter is watching VeggieTales. I can watch Veggies too or read a book!
Exercising in the morning makes the rest of my day fantastic and always gives me extra energy. I invested in buying some Turbo Jam workouts. I love them! I never grow bored with them and they are so fun.
Mrs. R. says
What a great topic, especially for this month and the next few!
I must say that I’ve heard good things about Leslie Sansone’s DVDs, too, but have found that she dresses WAY too immodestly for me, and for my Husband, too…..when he sees inappropriately-dressed females, he chooses to “bounce his eyes,” as some Christian authors (men) teach. That would make hte L. Sansone videos, as well as others, impossible for him to do with me.
And it’s just waaaaaaay too offensive and inappropriate for me, too.
Stormie Omartian made a great workout video, years ago, with modestly dressed ladies, and I like that one.
Our exercise bike and Gazelle are my favorite and my Husband’s favorite, respectively.
My hubby goes to a gym and has never had a problem. I guess lust is harder for some men. I’ve heard of other men having to do this, so it’s not a new concept. of course what I wear to exercise in is what my hubby would see at the gym. So it wouldn’t be anything new.
You don’t need a gym membership, which can be expensive, to get a good workout and you most certainly don’t have to be outdoors! Using your own body weight works wonders! Boot camp style workouts, which are super popular right now and can increase lung capacity, can be done with little or no equipment. Think, The Army, and you’ll think of a boot camp workout. Or just google “boot camp workout” and get a ton! Just pick 4-5 exercises, like squats, lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, and crunches, then do each thing for a minute, give yourself a very short rest and then move on to the next. Get through the whole list in this fashion and repeat! It’s that easy. You could repeat a simple list of exercises like this as many times as you want and then get creative forming a new list the next day.
Staying fit and staying home, both godly callings, don’t have to be isolated events. :)
Happy New Year!
I hate to exercise. I just have the hardest time finding the time to do it. I am not a morning person. If I work out in the evening then I miss time with my hubby and have a hard time falling asleep. I guess I need more motivation. Plus, it seems no mater how much I work out my weight doesn’t budge. My husband goes to the gym every morning at 5:30 with a buddy, but I have to stay here with the kids. So I can’t join him.
The best program I have found is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I do actually enjoy this one. Best part about it is that it’s a circuit program that rotates cardio, strength, and abs. And it’s ONLY 20 MINUTES LONG!!! So I can usually squeeze it in somewhere. Just be warned it will make you sweat.
Laura, I plan on starting walking around the fieldhouse after I get off work on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I get really bored being inside all day and wanna move around…but like you said it’s way too cold to do that here. SO I figured why not walk around the fieldhouse. You are more than welcome to join!
I HATE, HATE, HATE to exercise!!! In fact I usually say that if I get the urge to exercise I will lay on the couch until it goes away :) But, now that I’m 31 and having my fifth baby I am probably going to need to start :( Truthfully, I think chasing a million kids around everyday should count for something!!!!
I got a month of fitness pole dancing classes for my birthday this month. My first class was last night. It was great fun! It’s not free, and it’s a bit embarrassing, but the extra plus side to it is that it taught (is teaching me) a bit about what “looks sexy” which is a great skill for a gal to have for her husband’s benefit. :)
No one has suggested T-Tapp! Check it out. Theresa Tapp developed these exercises to move lymph (among other things) — that helps your body to be healthy as well as strong.
I have the TWO (total workout) but really love the Basic Workout Plus that only takes 15 minutes so I can make it a daily (almost) habit.
I, too, wish this was demonstrated in T-shirt/sweatpant outfit instead of spandex… still need to make that request. But I can do T-Tapp BWO just by listening (after you learn the moves).
Casey Leigh says
I agree with Melanie! I love T-Tapp. It’s on impact aerobics that includes cardio, strength training, stretching and is rehabilitative for the neck, back, knees and more.
The 15 minute Basic Workout Plus is my favorite, but I love all T-Tapp workouts.
Jennifer Konietzki says
Hi! I live in Northern Wisconsin and I’d have to say that I totally agree with you about how hard it is to get out and excercise when it’s FREEZING (and most often below) most months of the year, plus I have an 11 month old, so just going somewhere doesn’t really work- the mall gets too expensvie- I love to look and brows and the buy…(oops)…I’d hate to put her in daycare at the Y just to work out- seems silly to me, but a few years ago I found two pairs of snowshoes on sale on craigslist and I LOVE them. They have changed my life- or at least my exercise life! I can put my daughter in a wrap and taker her with me, when it’s above zero, which usually it is at least one day a week, and she loves it and so do I! Plus, you get twice the workout carrying a 16lb. baby! :) I also go rollerblading in the few months of summer that we get, but I get way more use out of the snowshoes…and it gives me a reason to look forward to winter! :) And, with two pairs if my husband is at work I can ask a friend or a neighbor to go with me and it’s a good outreach and a great way to spend time together. Plus…shoveling the driveway and clearing off the car totally count as workouts and you do that at least once a week, right?! ;)
With all that you already do, I wouldn’t worry about exercising. Your body is naturally getting the exercise it needs by doing just what your doing already. Cleaning the house, running up and down the stairs all day… I think people that are in a cubicle all day might need to consider additional exercise, but you are doing just fine!
Wii Fit plus and the EA sports active game are really good for working out. You can do it inside and anytime. I typically try to work out right after work before dinner. If I wait until after dinner sometimes I get lazy and tired and don’t do it. I also signed up for races so that I have a reason to go run my 3-4 miles and I post pictures of the finish line around my apartment to remind me of my goal. I have also put up pictures of a dress or bathing suit I want to get into for motivation too. Lastly, get a friend who has a similar goal and check in with them daily,even just a quick text. It keeps you honest and accountable. Good Luck!!
Miracle Quelle says
I LOVE to exercise. I think its like any other thing that’s good for you, like eating healthy, it’s hard to do at first, but you get to the point where you can’t live without it. It feels so good to work out. I love to run, but right now its really hard to do. Even if it was warm, I can’t get out with all four kids. So my fallback is exercise videos. I’ve tried lots of them. My favorite is Tae-Bo. I also love the New York City Ballet’s Workout 2, Bryan Kest’s Power yoga, among others. Those are all pretty tough, but I love having something to work toward, and variety is good, too. I don’t usually do them with my husband around, because of the modesty issues (not me-the women on the video!) and it’s kind of embarassing having him watch me jump around anyway. I guess that’s even more of an issue since you have near-teenage boys, too. But if you can find a place/time to do it wihtout them around, it’s definately worth it!
I love to exercise, but it hasn’t always been so. I started slowly with Leslie Sansone walking videos and then over two- year’s time progressed to running 3-5 times a week and doing weight and strength training. Exercise helps me to feel stronger, sleep better, and have better overall physical and mental stability. I can cope with more longer! It doesn’t take long–30 minutes per day. Videos are available at the library and on-line at Prevention Magazine’s website.
I used to make excuses also… Not enough time (4 kids) not enough energy (4 kids), not enough … (fill it in… followed by 4 kids) BUT I started working out last year at this time (not a resolution, just a NEED to DO thing!) and I have been going ever since! 5-6 days a week!
I even started running in Aug and did my first 5K in Oct… and am doing a 1/2 marathon in May!
anyways, to get motivated, remember it is good for your body, JUST LIKE FEEDING IT THE GOOD FOOD, your body wants NEEDS a good workout… your MUSCLES NEED weight lifting!
My favorite thing to do is the elliptical (you can get one cheap at walmart or cheaper used!) while I watch a favorite show… that way I don’t feel guilty for watching TV! ALSO you can run up and down your stairs a few times though out the day…. Lift hand weights while listening to the boys read, AND start a workout with the boys like boogying down the the GO FISH GUYS! Dance around that nice wooden floored livingroom you have for 20 min and your heart will thank you! PLUS you get the boys their much needed GYM TIME!
ANYWAYS, just remember, you can do something, alittle something, anytime of the day… Do squats on the day you get your 50lbs of wheat berries (holding the bag tight to your body infront… I LOVE DOING THESE… just to show off!!! LOL!) Lift full mason jars while making dinner… do leg lifts while stirring your meal on the stove! LITTLE THINGS ADD UP……
OH, and PLAN your workouts like a appointment! AND DON”T LET ANYTHING GET IN THE WAY OF DOING IT!!!!!!!!
Hi! I just started an exercise routine in October. I “gave” my husband a healthy wife for Christmas LAST year and promptly got pregnant in January and so my gift lasted only about 6 weeks before I was throwing up, or at least wanting to. So this November once I was healed from post-partum, I re-gave the gift. My promise? Three 30-minute devoted exercise times per week or six long walks. I am using a dvd that was recommended to me (the boot camp 2 part of Lindsay Brin’s pregnancy dvds). It’s indoors (rains all the time here) and well-organized. I don’t know what to do when I can’t find the dvd.
I’m up here in Canada – and we are also in a deep freeze for at least 6 months of the year. And I CAN’T STAND the cold! I have long johns and snow pants and all the snow gear you can possibly imagine for those times I can’t avoid going out. (My husband thinks I’m hilarious). I’m active outdoors during the summer months, but during the winter I count running after 3 boys under the age of 4 as my exercise. The number of times I dash up and down the stairs, around and around the living room, plus “weight-lifting” that many pounds of children – it’s a mom’s equivalent of a home gym!
I so agree. I was in the Air Force and I had a regular exercise program at the base gym (very convenient, free, and state-of-the-art machines, plus a strong commander-directed suggestion to stay physically fit.) Then when babies came just taking care of them was my exercise. Now that my babies are 12 and 14 (ahem) I need to exercise a bit more. At my age I’m beginning to creak a little. I’ve always hated running with a passion, but my exercise of choice is bike riding. An indoor bike is a great way to read. Exercising in place is very boring.
I think that it’s all about ACCOUNTABILITY. I have plenty of motivation – a wedding in September, a trip to Florida in November, and running 2 miles in 16 minutes as part of my black belt test (which isn’t for another 2 years, but I have to start preparing now!). I have at least 80 pounds to lose – I can do it (Phil 4:13) but I know from personal experience that I have to have accountability. Maybe you would be interested in having some type of exercise accountability reporting . . . each day we ‘report’ what we did and for how long – – I walked on the treadmill for 5 minutes – – that’s it, no lengthy details.
Same subject – different twist . . . When I plan my menus, I try to ensure we’re getting a varied choice: Chicken on Monday, beef on Tuesday, Meat-Free on Wednesday, etc. Maybe we could take this approach with exercise – Rebounder (or jump roping) on Mondays, Walking on Tuesdays, Weight-Lifting on Wednesdays, Bicycling on Thursdays, etc. I know that we all don’t have access to a gym or all the equipment at home, but we all have great minds and we could be creative!
One last thought – – I heard a lady recently say that she committed to moving 30 minutes a day. Some may not be able to do that – I know that when I first started walking, it was tough getting up to 5 (yes, FIVE) minutes. Maybe you could start with 5 minutes a day for 5 days a week. The next week, up the time limit to 10 minutes, then 20, etc.
ExerciseTV is really great. You can workout at home and they actually have fun exercise videos with celebrity trainers who are extremely motivating! My favorites are the Yoga and Pilates videos but they offer tons of other workout-types as well. You can also check out exercisetv.tv for free downloads and workout plans!
Julie Bagamary says
Having both parents having heart issues is a great motivator for me. I also know I do better with variety and discovered Faithful Workouts on TV. Because it’s challenging and different daily I can stay motivated.
I’m determined to exercise regularly this year. I need to lose about 15lbs. and I’m hoping it will help me sleep better and vent the built up homeschooling-3-kids-in-the-winter frustration. So this is my strategy. I use a few different workout videos. The FIRM has some good ones. Plus I have one of those 10 minute pilates dvd’s from WalMart. Sometimes the library has ones you can try out. Also, if you join Netflix, they have TONS of workout dvds and you can keep them as long as you want. I trade with a friend of mine. DISCLAIMER: I am NOT super coordinated. My family frequently comes into the room to laugh at me. But never the less, it feels so good to do something for just me and I tend to be less cranky. I’m trying to squeeze in 30 minutes just after bathtime/before bedtime prayers at least 4-5 days a week. I’m also finding that this helps me resist the “kids are in bed and now I will raid the fridge” temptation. Good luck with it!
Mine is to lose weight. I’ve done pretty good so far but I have more to go. Good luck with yours :D
Laura M. says
Cleaning your house is good exercise and keeps your home looking nice :) A two-for-one sale!
I lost weight this past year using Weight Watchers Online program–basically cutting down the amount of food I ate. Just have to stick with it, clean the house, and lift Kettlebells with hubby (consistently) and I think I have found what works for me.
Oh yeah, and chasing around our two toddler/preschool boys, yeah that counts as my daily exercise too!
Ken Whidden says
My wife and I have been working out with kettlebells for the past year and have gotten great results. It’s very intense and challenging, but you can get a good workout in a relatively short amount of time. Working out together helps to keep us accountable for our progress and make sure we don’t slack off.
Ken Whidden, DC
Emerald Coast Chiropractic
I’m a little behind on reading up on your blog, but wanted to chime in about exercise. I have been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and it is great. She is not boring and from warm up to cool down the total time is about 25 minutes. She has 3 levels and you just work at your own pace and move up a level when your ready. If you have Netflix you can check it out through them before you buy it.
It’s true; all of Jillian’s workouts are great. The 30 Day Shred is great for me right now as I feel like I barely have any time to work out with a 7 month old who is now crawling and pulling up, so I can do a 25 minute workout in the morning before she gets up or during her afternoon nap. It’s perfect.