I am impressed at those parents who despite of their busy schedules, maintain a regular exercise regimen, it requires a lot of dedication and motivation on their part. Lucky for my husband though, he found a basketball buddy in the presence of his brother and play ball with friends on a regular basis. Which made me think and ask myself again, should I stick on my “whenever-I-have-time-schedule” or dedicate a strict 15 minute work-out? I’ve been pretty bad in that aspect lately and I felt that it’s taking its toll on my body now. We are not that young anymore you know. It’s timely that my husband brought home some useful information from the clinic and I thought of sharing these tips with you.
* You don’t have to have a vigorous exercise routine. Just aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week to maintain your weight.
What are the moderate intensity activities?
Activities that cause:
- your heart rate to increase
- you to break sweat
- you to be able to talk, but not sing during the activity
Examples of the moderate intensity activities
- brisk walking (walking pace of 1 km in 10-15 min)
- table tennis
Suggestions to overcome not exercising
Lack of time – Add physical activity to your daily routine. Walk or ride your bicycle to work or shopping, and organize your daily activities around physical activity.
Lack of motivation – Invite a friend to exercise with you on a regular basis; Join an exercise group or class
Family obligations – Exercise with the kids, eg. go for a walk together, play ball games, ‘catching’ or other running games. ; Do simple exercises or use home gymnasium equipment while the kids are busy playing or sleeping.
In my opinion, we also need to take care of ourselves the way we take care of our children. And to be able to catch up with them, we also need to exercise. Choose a kind of exercise that you think you’ll enjoy. Be inspired and take note of your progress. Don’t overdo it and don’t procrastinate. Dedicate a time that feels right for you.
One day I will surprise my husband with my flat tummy and surprise my children with my handstand. (I just need a little more time and patience!)
How about you, what is your motivation?