Eleise Hale writes at A Very Blended Family about her experiences raising a blended family and having a happy marriage second time around. She is absolutely imperfect as a step mum, but has fun learning the ropes and responsibilities that comes with raising three kids. She is a runner, a foodie and a lover of wine. She uses long distance running as a way to get some quiet time and fight anxiety.
All moving is good for you. If you are walking around the block with the kids, you are still out lapping everyone on the couch, and who knows, that walk might become faster and one day you might decide to jog a little.
You don’t need to run a marathon, be muscle bound, only eat vegetables and exercise until you vomit to feel the effects of moving.
There is no perfect exercise for everyone, we know this because every few years scientists think they have found the latest and greatest exercise. They have studies to prove it, but then a few years later something better has come along. That is because what works for one person doesn’t always work for another.
If you want to exercise long term, it is important to find something that works for you and that you can maintain.
Some people like the feel of pushing themselves their hardest with every session.
Some people use it as time out, so getting through a workout and improving your mindset is most important. Exercise is great at helping relieve anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Some people want to socialise, so they enjoy group sessions or time at the gym.
Some people want to push their personal limits, so they choose endurance events such a triathlons or marathons.
Some people want to enjoy their exercise.
Some people have injuries and want to strengthen their core.
Some people want to get leaner, so they do exercises with the highest calories burnt.
Whilst a part of me would love to have all these results from my exercise, the ones that I most want are mental health, physical fitness and to sometimes have some fun. That is why I do endurance running. But sometimes I swim, or do a balance class at the gym, or sometimes I just go for a walk. For me, exercise is my lifestyle, not a fad. It needs to fit my life. If I have an event on the calendar like my upcoming half marathon, I increase the training and stick to a plan, otherwise I do what I want.
So work out your own goals, find an exercise that will help you achieve that and do it regularly!
Next time you underestimate the moving you do manage to fit in, or perhaps judge another for their choice, swallow your words, everyone is different and that is why there are so many ways to get moving and improve your fitness.
Just do something!