To be honest, I did not have a great start to this program. It seems like I was able to find excuse after excuse for not completing this week’s workouts. A few of the excuses I used this week are: I was not feeling well, I had a few outings to attend after work this week or I just “couldn’t seem to find the time”.
As I sat down to write this, it occurred to me that these are excuses we’ve all used a time or two. And, excuses like these are usually what leads us to give up on a fitness program altogether. But, I’ve decided I’m not going to allow that to happen. I just have to be a little more creative about how I fit the program into my daily routine.
For example, this weekend I had to take my boys shopping for new jackets. I don’t particularly like going to the mall on a Saturday, but my boys love it. That’s when it hit me. I thought, this is a great opportunity for me to kill two birds with one stone. I will get a chore out of the way and “workout” at the same time. So, off to the mall we went. I parked the car at the far end of the parking lot (as suggested by numerous fitness experts, and well … it’s just a no-brainer). Then, after we finished shopping, we walked around the mall window shopping for two hours.
While I know this isn’t the exact workout our program suggests, I was able to creatively fit exercise into my day. And, although some may not look at walking around the mall as exercise, it is. There was also an added plus – my boys and I had a great time together!
I have now challenged myself to find more creative ways to fit some sort of physical activity into every day. My goal is to find ways to combine chores, exercise and quality time with my family. I challenge you to do the same. I will keep you posted on what I come up with and I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions as well.