Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to incorporate exercise into your life.
My family traveled with my husband’s parents to visit my sister-in-law and her husband this weekend, partly because we don’t get there very often (6 hours away) and partly to participate in a walk/run to benefit the American Heart Association.
My husband had a little bit of a desire to run a 5K for the first time this year, and this was just the incentive he needed. I am SO proud of him for training (in the snow) over the last 4-6 weeks or so and just jumping right in and doing it! He finished under a half hour, his goal, so we all felt pretty awesome about that.
All of us, my in-laws included, then participated in the 5K walk, and my son even decided he would run what felt like a good bit of it. I couldn’t help but think what an amazing example of fitness we are setting for our children, seeing Daddy work out and run regularly and being active as a family.
Exercise will simply be a normal part of daily living for them, like going to work and being active in a church. That’s something neither of our parents (my husband and I) really shared with us, except for my mom who was very consistent about her aerobics videos and taking walks.
My mother-in-law is a survivor of a 95% blockage in her heart and a double bypass two summers ago, just after the last time we all traveled to visit my husband’s sister. We all worry about her, of course, and are so happy to see her getting active and making good food choices.
All of this put together with Dustin Riechmann’s to-the-point guest post on family fitness from Friday (you’ve seen it, right? Click here!) really got me thinking about my relative couch-potato-ism throughout the winter and how excited I am for warmer weather and the ease of taking walks with our family.
I figured a little “Get Moving” challenge was in order, since I rarely talk about exercise here at Kitchen Stewardship, even though it’s clearly a part of the healthy lifestyle I promote.
You don’t have to run (or even walk) a 5K to avoid the sedentary lifestyle. In fact, some sources, particularly in the primal lifestyle crowd (link no longer available), would say that running isn’t the best form of exercise, but walking and perhaps short bursts of higher cardio activity is. Honestly, whatever floats your boat:
- take a walk
- roll out tortillas (serious upper body workout if you do a double batch!)
- knead bread dough
- do weight training
- yoga (I know…some people feel this is against Christian faith…personally, I look at it as excellent stretching and whole body exercise and just ignore the whole “ommmm” thing.)
- find a fun video – Zumba seems like the new “cool” thing (???)
- go dancing – take your husband and build up your marriage, too!
- play rowdy with your kids
- toss a ball around in the yard – and volunteer to run and get it when your 5-year-old overthrows
- What else do you love as a way to get moving?
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