I have never been someone who enjoys exercise. Going to the gym for an hour getting sweaty in front of a bunch of people who all seem to be doing much better than you are really isn’t my thing!
Even exercise classes I can’t get into. I’m extremely put off if I am the only beginner. Stuck in the back corner only half following the routine as I don’t have the stamina to continue. Silently praying they don’t change direction to notice how crap I am doing!
I’ve tried running which I actually did enjoy – all 10 minutes of it – but due to having had operations on my knees I can no longer run due to being in so much pain!
Yoga is something that I do love to do. I do it in the comfort of my own home almost every morning at a pace I want to do it and I have no one judging me. However, I felt I needed a bit more in the way of fitness and cardio.
I have also given workout dvds a try but I get very bored very easily so I would be buying new ones every few weeks! I then thought about starting small. Not jumping in at the deep end with my all or nothing attitude but small. I started walking. Walking my son to and from preschool every day. its only 15 minutes and I am ashamed to say I would nearly always take him in the car. You get sucked into that routine of it being “so much quicker/easier taking him in the car” when actually, sometimes I find it much quicker to walk. Especially on frosty mornings when it takes 15 mins to defrost the car!
So, no matter what the weather we walk. That’s about an hour every single weekday that I walk and I have been doing it for months now and I love it!
I’ve started walking different routes and I often try and power walk home for a bit of an extra push.
I practice Mindfulness whilst I am walking too. Taking in the sounds, sights, smells, sun on my face the wind in the trees. It’s so freeing. I am walking around with a huge grin on my face. It really does set me up for the day and make me really happy! Although I expect my neighbours are a little frightened of the ‘crazy, grinning lady’ – but hey I’m happy!
I am getting fresh air and exercise as is my little boy. We even talk more and I get so much more out of him about his day at preschool, and what he enjoyed etc. It’s win win.
I know it’s really so easy to fall into the pattern of bundling everyone in the car for the 10 minute journey round the corner but honestly give walking a go.
Don’t get me wrong there are mornings when I look put of the window at these dark and gloomy mornings and think that there is no way that I am walking today. Or that my son is in a particularly bad mood that I can’t face walking him in . But on those days I do decide to drive I often get home and wished I had walked!
Honestly, give walking a go. If you’re looking to introduce a bit more exercise or just have a bit of time on your own to clear your head. Whether it’s alone or with the kids or hubby just give it a go! You’ll love it!
Love Amy x