It’s me again. Kat and I have many discussions about finding the time to stay active with a busy life. I am often asked where I find the time to do what I do. It is a challenge for all of us. I always enjoyed an active life but it was inconsistent and certainly was never at the level it is at now. I really ramped it up over the past year. I have the least amount of time I’ve ever had but am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and work out more than I ever have.
Ramping it up has been a process that came out of a not so great time in my life. I never had any health concerns, ever. Shortly after I had my daughter last year I found out what it is like not to have your health. It was an unbelievably stressful time for myself and my family. I was unable to get out of bed at times and saw more doctors in a few months than I had in my whole life. Being sick also takes an emotional toll, add a little bit of postpartum anxiety to that and I became an emotional disaster.
Running was a way out of an extremely dark time for me. I am much better today; although I struggle daily with chronic pain and the emotional impact that comes with that. I don’t take anything for granted and do everything I can to maintain my health. When I was able to start up a running routine my mantra was: “I run becasue I can, I run because I can”, I repeat it over and over again and still do on tough runs.
Everyone that can be active should be active, in my opinion.
OK! that is a bit more than I thought I would ever be sharing on the internet!!!! Everyone has their struggles in life and mine have led me to be such great friends with Kat and to this blog. I have a total new lease on life and oddly enough I am actually thankful for such a miserable time, I found out who my real friends are, I realized how wonderful my husband and family are and it led me to do things I never thought possible. So I am taking my take on time and exercise to the blog. I am still not the best at saying what I need to say so it’s a little Q&A.
Kat: You’re a busy mom (and teacher) – why do you make the time to exercise?
Amy: I make the time to exercise for many reasons. The number one reason I make time to exercise is because I want my kids to grow up in an active household with two active parents. I also make the time to exercise because it makes me a much better mom, wife and teacher. I am not tired or cranky, I feel good and I generally have lots of energy. I do feel guilty if I have to leave the kids for an hour but that hour makes the rest of the time so much more enjoyable. It’s worth it.
Kat: How do you make the time to fit exercise in.
Amy: This one is tricky. The only way I will ever have time to work out with my busy life is to make it a priority in my day. If I cannot go to the gym I go for a run with the double jogger, if there is snow on the ground I have a number of circuits I can do at home while I busy the kids with activities (or include them). I also do yoga or jump rope. There is always something I can do to get a workout in. I have a million and one excuses not to work out but I do it anyway. In the end it’s all down to prioritizing and finding the time to do something, anything. Once you establish an active life it is so much easier to keep it up. I’ve lived life as an active person and a non-active person. This life is so much better.
Kat: What do you think is the biggest challenge for you to get it in.
Amy: Hands down it’s the guilt of leaving the kids to do something for myself, as much as I can workout at home it is not realistic for me to always do it at home. Also I really don’t want to. I like to get out… alone. 🙂
Kat: Do you have any tips for other parents out there who want to get more active but are struggling?
Amy: I do! If you can get your work outs in before the kids wake up, do it! Also think of things you can do with the children. I trained for a 5K and a 10K with a double stroller. Take the kids to a big field and just go crazy running after after them, get some cheap snowshoes, go skiing, have a dance party, there are a million things I do with the kids to get a sweat on. Also go to the gym and don’t feel badly about making your health and fitness a priority in your life. It will make you a happier parent with much more energy to spend with the little ones. As a person who grew up with an extremely active father I can’t tell you how much they will look up to you (even when they are 33).
Kat: How is crossfit going?
Amy: Unbelievable!! I had a terrible chest cold so was out of commission for almost 2 weeks but I am back at it!!! I put weight on the bar now and am so much faster! I truly cannot believe the things I am achieving. I recommend it to everyone! It is an amazing sport.