Finding time for fitness
Forget the excuses! Getting active saved my sanity, says this mom of 3.
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Ultimately it was my children driving me stark raving mad that sent me sprinting to Boot Camp.
For months, okay years, I’d been telling myself that I was far too busy to get to the gym. After all, I was getting to work at 4am every day, spending hours next to swimming pools and cricket, soccer and hockey fields
with my 3 children in the afternoons and then having to do mom duties in the evenings too.
My girlfriends bemoaned the lack of 'me time', (while sipping champers, during our many play dates) and demanded some sort of solution. It just seemed impossible to find an hour in our very rushed days to exercise.
It was when I was at the end of my rope, more stressed and overweight than I’d ever been, that my youngest son's doctor pulled me to one side and asked me if I was looking after myself.
'Don’t be daft!' I hit back 'When would you like me to do that?' It’s the same answer my friends gave me, when I asked them that very question.
The doctor replied with the following advice:
- Your children and husband won’t suffer if you’re out of the house for an hour every second day. They CAN cope without you.
- Your children will respect you more if you show them that you respect yourself. You don’t need to be a martyr.
- Your children will learn to respect themselves, if they have a proper role model. A stressed out mom, is NOT a good role model.
- You’ll be a better mom if you let off some steam at the gym.
I took that advice to heart, thinking back to the previous weeks when I’d spent most of my time yelling at the kids, stuffing my face with biscuits (and pretty much anything that wasn’t nailed down) and feeling incredibly lethargic.
With my husband’s backing (and threats of being sent to the dog box if he didn’t get home on time), I signed up for Adventure Boot Camp
Making time to exercise
With dogged determination, I head out of the house at 5:30pm every second day and spend a good hour and a half of 'me time'.
I’m fitter, healthier, have a clearer head and am generally a nicer person now.
Me time. Who’d have thought?
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