Parents have a hard job to do. I could write an entire post just on that and maybe I’d manage to scratch the surface of all the aspects of it. Maybe. When we as parents see guides aimed at us on the internet, it’s often to help us solve just one particular problem we are facing, such as how to effectively burp a baby, or how to craft the perfect school lunch for a child heading to school for the first time. These guides are usually aimed at resolving something within the competencies of a parent. When a guide comes along asking parents to add MORE work to our already hectic schedule, it can feel quite overwhelming.
That is what this guide aims to do. As a parent, it might be that an orbiting hobby around your usual life duties can help you become a better parent, one more energised, one that feels healthier in themselves. In the case of getting cardiovascularly fit this summer, this is absolutely correct. But can a parent do it? How should a parent to it? WHEN should a parent do it?
For that and more, consider the following guide:
Scheduling the act of working out can help you do so in the first place, no matter if you’re a parent or not. We often think ‘I’ll do it tomorrow,’ perhaps when Monday rolls around, or the first of the month is nearing we may select those dates instead. Scheduling is the first step to make it out of that cycle. This is also essentially important when it comes to adapting to the schedule of your child. It doesn’t take us to tell you that the different ages of a child will dictate their schedule. You may have an extra hour or two in the morning to work out if your child is in kindergarten or nursery, but if your child is a baby they may take an hour of nap in the afternoon. These times can be excellent times to regularly commit to a workout. The added benefit here is that the regularity that often works for the routine of a child will mean regularity in your scheduling opportunities.
It can seem very rich to simply suggest working out in your free hour despite all the other work you may have to do during the day, especially if running a household. Many people think that a stay-at-home mother or father have little to do during the day, but the opposite is quite true. However, if you do manage to fit in thirty minutes on the stationary bike here, or a bodyweight workout on the mats in your spare room there, you can get much fitter than you are now and renew yourself in energy for the rest of the day. Instead of thinking of working out as expending your vital energy, realise that it could potentially gift you the energy you need, akin to a mental shower. The stresses of your responsibilities can be left at the door when working on yourself, and soon your great mood will carry over to everything you do.
We have just mentioned that you can workout at home. You can! In fact, for certain families, such as those with babies, you can absolutely do this. It might take a little investment, such as purchasing a treadmill or an indoor bike, but think of the yearly cost of gym memberships saved thanks to this. This also has the added benefit of helping you work on yourself within the privacy of your own home, helping you feel less anxious or self-aware as you may do after never having stepped in a gym for ten years.
We all know that sometimes, to stick to a habit we need to make a personal investment in it. Purchasing a machine like this can not only force you to workout (which may be good for you,) but to remind you of its presence on days you decide you can’t or won’t. This way, you’re more likely to work out.
We all have bad habits. Some more than others. However, getting fit is not always about working out. It’s about what you eat in the kitchen, and what quality of food you purchase. It’s about lessening your alchohol consumption at the weekend, even if that’s only two (or three) glasses of wine before bed. It means doing everything you can to throw out the smoking habit with a child present, and instead purchasing Aspire Tanks with the objective of quitting the habit entirely. Fitness isn’t how many minutes you have walked on a treadmill, but how you conduct your entire attitude to your health.
Then you’ll find if your habits are currently a help or a hindrance, and depending on what you find you might decide to make certain adjustments to your life that mean the most to you. This could be as simple as purchasing a competent air filter for inner-city apartments. These habits will often have a positive impact on your child, which will likely be the only motivator you need.
This guide seems like it takes plenty for granted. ‘Purchase a machine, make time, throw out all of your vices!’ might all sound like wishful thinking when really your working disposable income may not afford a machine, or your schedule might change, or you may not find it that easy to change up your entire schedule each week.
However, remember that only small changes are necessary, as they will incrementally build each week or month until you settle into your new habits. Instead of running on a treadmill you might find joy in bringing your child to a swimming class once or twice a week after their kindergarten mornings. You may decide to get involved in a comfortable hobby such as visiting a yoga class every morning after you drop the kids at school. All of this can have an effect, and there is always an option you might enjoy.
With these tips, getting cardio fit this summer will be more than within your reach.
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