Exercise seems to be one of those things that you know you should do and you’ll feel better after, but it can just be so hard to get started. Well, I have pretty much always exercised since high school, I played on the school’s soccer and basketball teams and ran Cross Country and Track. I learned a lot about exercising that way and working hard and how good it feels after, and I carried it with me throughout my life. I exercised through all my pregnancies even the twins, except at the end and for 6 months after they were born– it was the first time exercising took more out of me than it returned. I am so much better when I exercise. When I don’t exercise, I get cranky, I don’t see things in perspective I get overwhelmed easily. I can be having the worst day, I’ll go exercise, come back, nothing has changed except for me and everything is great, I’m fine and can manage my tasks and my life.
the sky yesterday on our walk before my jog with the girls
When the kids were little, and the little ones now, they play around with me and try to exercise too especially when I am following a video. They also get plenty of exercising just running around.
As the kids got older, they have often been on soccer teams, last spring they ran track and learned some field events of jumping and throwing. We went swimming almost everyday and two of them joined the swim team. My 15 yr. old played volleyball for the school team in the fall– that was took about 20 hrs. per week and plus some. She would sometimes go to practice feeling cranky and mopey, not really wanting to go, but she would always come home so happy. It was really good for her, I guess she’s kinda like me.
The other kids didn’t do any organized sports this fall, except the boys will ride their bikes with me while I jog to the village and back. But we noticed that one of our cute kids was looking like he takes after the chubby side of the family and me, and probably needs more exercise than leisurely riding his bike around the village. My husband has been wanting to start exercising too, so he took it on himself to start running with this boy.
one of the twins loves to run, beats everyone everytime
Once volleyball was over, I had my daughter run with me– oh how she complained and cried the first time we went. She laughs about it now, she was literally throwing a 2 yr. old tantrum. But she was happy the rest of the day, didn’t complain the next day, and took off yesterday while I was dealing with her sister running with me, whining and complaining the same way the older one did, but not quite as bad.
For her, this daughter just turned 14 this week, I have been trying to get her to come with us for about a week. Every time, it is a pain, she has to go to the bathroom, she’s too slow getting ready, she has this assignment to finish etc. etc. etc. But I had told her last week that once she was 14, no more excuses, she will have to just come. So, she did yesterday with a lot of whining and complaining and thoughts that she wouldn’t make it, with those side aches and such. But she did it! And she was much happier the rest of the day. I expect she will recognize the value of running soon too!!
I think the hardest part sometimes is just getting started. I have been jogging for about 4 months now. I am getting better. I feel such a difference. These girls are going to be passing me up in no time, I’m going to have to run a little faster!!
For the little ones, we got a mini trampoline from the halloween candy fairy. And I am taking them for a walk to the stop sign and back everyday, a task with it getting dark so early with daylight savings living on the edge of the time zone!! But an important aspect in living a balanced a life.
On our walk, bikes, stroller, trike, it’s all good!