One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to establish an exercise routine.
Sticking to an exercise routine is one of my greatest challenges. I’ve always been a bit of a klutz (I once dislocated my elbow while walking… YES, walking) and I don’t like to sweat.
But I realize that if I am truly going to lose weight and more importantly, feel better, I need to exercise.
Here’s the approach that I’m using, and so far it is working:
Figure out what you can do. I live 35 minutes from everywhere. I am a stay-at-home mom with 3 boys under the age of 6. A gym membership is neither affordable or practical for me. I make do with what I already have around my house: walking shoes, hand weights, fitness DVDs, and my Nintendo Wii. It is possible for fitness to fit into your budget and schedule.
Make it fun. I took this advice of Julie from WiiMommies. She’s lost more than 60 pounds playing fitness games on her Nintendo Wii. I can play games. I like to play games. So for the past three weeks I’ve been alternating between Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active 2. They are challenging (especially EA Sports Active 2), but fun, and I feel great. I love that these workouts don’t feel like a chore!
Make it a priority. I have been writing my appointment with the Wii on my calendar. Even if I have to play at 9:30 p.m. at night, I still do it. It’s non-negotiable.
Keep moving. EA Sport Active 2 schedules workouts 4 days a week. During the “rest” days, I try to remember to do some movement such as simple yoga stretches or walking. I don’t want to burn out on exercise, but I have found that just light movement is enough to remind me that I feel better when I exercise. It makes the next workout easier.
Find support. Make sure your family and friends are supportive of your efforts to get in shape. They’ll encourage you to stick with it. And exercising with someone else is fun, too!
So far, I’ve lost 3 pounds, and I know that I’m improving my shape because I have noticed that my clothes fit better and that I am developing a teensy bit of muscle under the flab. I still need to work on eating better (Why can’t I crave apples the way I crave chocolate?), but I am taking each change to my lifestyle slowly and with confidence.
Have you made a resolution to exercise? How is it going for you?
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