New Year’s resolutions- I just don’t think they work (for me anyway.) I needed me-time, so I decided to make it happen. I know there is another Mama out there that needs time too. So, here it goes. It doesn’t have to cost anything. And you don’t have to feel guilty.
By the end of the day, I just don’t have the energy to exercise. I want to relax, have a snack, talk to an adult and go to bed (stay at home Mom here.) Getting up early just isn’t my favorite. But, I found that I can work around these (somewhat) excuses.
What I learned- I miss being in shape and having a better physique. With my Dad having some health issues, it even made it more apparent that I needed to make more of an effort. I forgot how much I miss exercising and it’s kind of addictive for me.
1. Fit4Mom East
I started stroller striding, one day a week. My girls are super active, so I was hesitant to even try it. But the kids are so entertained by watching their moms do crazy moves and also getting tickles in the process! They also have playdates after the class. If you attend on Friday, you can stay for the open Toddler Time Open Gym at Gahanna Sports Factory ($5/child and $3/sibling). It has two bounce houses, mini trampolines, pop up tents, open turf to run and play, ride-on toys and more.
2. Just Keep It Simple Fitness (@justkisf)
Real, so real! She provides step by step exercises for in your home, healthy lifestyle tips, and clean recipes. I prefer to work out at home most of the time because it’s convenient. She motivates me to try and helps me to give myself grace in the process. I’m using our elliptical and bike in the basement, both of which have been retired for over two years.
If you prefer to get out of the house to exercise or want to explore different forms of exercise, you should check this out. Along with a monthly event guide in Columbus. I get motivated to exercise by seeing her explore. One of these days I’ll venture to a dance fitness class, with my uncoordinated self.
I enjoy belting Disney songs with my girls. But recently, I started listening to a Relax and Unwind station on Spotify and a Beast Mode station for working out. Living in my kid’s world all the time really does take something away. Music creates me-time and helps me to relax. When I hear a favorite song, it can really change my mood for the better.
I think college made me not enjoy reading. I recently started reading Harry Potter to my oldest (6). I have found so much joy in it. I am trying to carve out 15 minutes a day to read something just for me. I love to learn new things and love to share with my girls.
I love a relaxing bath. When though? My mom-in-law gifted me bath bombs, and now I’m addicted. My goal, escape for two baths in a month. I feel refreshed and relaxed after and it truly does make me feel like a new person. I am making me-time a priority!
What about you? Are you making time for yourself? If not, what’s holding you back?