I wanted to get up early and exercise, but I hit the snooze button instead. I had already stayed up too late the night before pounding on my laptop – it was time to bask in a few moments of extra sleep. After all, with all the demands of work, home, and everything in between, who has time to exercise?
I just can’t add one more thing to my schedule. It will have to wait until next month or even next year.
But wait a minute. Before I throw in the towel and give up, I need to be intentional about this. Maybe a regular exercise routine will improve both my spiritual and physical state. Maybe it will even make me a better mom. After all, research tells us that exercise reduces stress. In fact, it even puts you in a better mood. And truth be told, I was a little grouchy this morning. I even snapped at Anna for putting her shoes on too slowly and I yelled at Nick for leaving his lunch box at school.
I’m the perfect candidate for exercise. But I’m also too busy. So, what’s the solution?
For starters, I really hate cookie-cutter answers. Which is why I never buy books that claim things like “10 secrets to making exercise a priority” or “how to manage your health and your job.” So if you are looking for a 5-step program with some profound answers, please stop reading. You just might be disappointed in what I have to say. (Besides, others have written some useful tips on this subject such as Working Moms and Working Out.)
You have to find a solution that works for you.
For me, it means having a plan – and having accountability. Which is why I signed up to run my first half-marathon this Spring with my niece. (Hey, I might not finish, but having a tangible goal is going to get me out of the covers and onto the pavement!) You’ll probably find a different solution.
I’m convinced that exercise will make us better moms, dads, spouses, friends, professionals, and even writers. The easy part is talking about it. The hard part is doing it!