Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to make sure you’re moving your body throughout the day, and have fun with it!
While a regimented exercise program may be a good and necessary thing for some, being fit and healthy doesn’t always have to include formal “exercise.”
I will admit I think I might be blessed with amazing health and physical fitness genes (I have aunts who work retail on their feet and downhill ski, both in their 70s and 80s, no kidding), so don’t hate me when I say that I lost all my baby weight without actually exercising. I just try to keep moving during the day.
I do really appreciate a good workout, and I love getting outside for walks when I can (in Michigan, that’s not always very often November through March). My husband, on the other hand, has been working out formally with P90X, running a 10K, and now Insanity, six days a week. (Yikes.) If you do want a formal exercise program, you might like Thrive90, designed for busy parents and never taking longer than 30 minutes.
Some way, some how, it is important to pair physical work with great nutrition to keep our bodies at optimal health, whether your goal is to lose weight or you’ve thrown out the scale in an effort to simply be healthy, no matter what the numbers say. See more of the Real Food Weight Loss and Exercise series…
Here are some other great ways to keep moving without waking up early to exercise:
- taking a walk
- playing a sport with your child(ren)
- playing Wii Sports
- joining a league/team
- go dancing
- rolling out homemade tortillas by hand
- kneading bread dough
For one last idea for you married folks about how to stay fit with your spouse on “date nights,” check out my guest post today at Fit Marriage: How Marriage Helps You Stay Fit – God’s Way Spoiler alert – may be a little risqué for some KS readers! Proceed with caution…
Here are some tips from Dustin Riechmann at Fit Marriage fitting exercise into your daily life:
Here’s How to Make Exercise Work for YOU
If you think it’s impossible to make fitness fit within the constraints of your schedule or budget, I have some suggestions for you to consider. Here are some tips for making exercise a regular part of your happy home life:
Make It Quick
When you do the right kind of workouts, you’d be amazed by the results you can get working out just 20-30 minutes per day several days a week. For a real metabolism boost, you should stick to full-body workouts mixed in with High Intensity Interval Training and your favorite cardio.
Do It First
If there’s one practical key to making exercise work as part of a busy schedule, it’s doing it early in the day. When you get your workout done before all of the distractions and mini-emergencies of the day unfold, you are much more likely to stick with your routine. Plus, starting the morning off with a quick workout really sets you up for an energetic and productive day.
Include Your Family
At Fit Marriage, we love to hear from couples who workout together and make fitness an integral part of their quality time together. However, it’s not always possible to exercise together, and some couples just don’t enjoy it (you can put my wife and me in this category actually).
Even if you don’t make it a regular practice, you should definitely include fitness as part of your family time. Some time spent chasing your kids or climbing the playground equipment (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone) is an awesome way to get a workout and have a blast in the process!
Do It At Home
If you are tight on time and/or money, or even if you just don’t like the health club environment, you should definitely consider working out at home. When you skip the gym, you save a lot of travel and preparation time, not to mention an average of $43 per month in gym membership fees. You can definitely achieve your fitness goals in your home (without the need for a babysitter) with little or no equipment.
How many times have you started a fitness program only to fall out off the wagon and lose your motivation? It takes about 21 days to form a new habit, but getting there requires real determination and some practical tools. One of the best things you can do is tie your fitness goals to emotional reasons, and of course you need to have useful goals to begin with.
If you’d like to learn much more about these and several other keys that will let you get fit in a way that enhances your family life rather than competing with it, you can sign up for the Ready, Set, Go! Blueprints library where we’re building a growing assortment of great nutrition tips, fitness plans and motivational tools. And it’s all free.
With the right plan and the right attitude, you really can make fitness an enjoyable part of your family life. Then you can eat more of the Real Food you enjoy while staying slim and feeling fantastic!
Dustin Riechmann helps busy couples improve their fitness and rock their marriages in the process at Fit Marriage and through the Thrive90 Fitness program, which was designed specifically for busy couples and on-the-go parents. He also writes about everything from great sex to building a budget at Engaged Marriage.
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