Usually a Take a Break day, but this poster coach is about a different kind of break meant mainly for couch potato parents who have hired help and for grandparents. Take a break from sitting and Move Your Body.
Move your body is one of my 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises. Granted parents involved in daily physical care of a child under five, get almost all the exercise needed. Others who get all the exercise needed are those who have enough help to go to the gym. Then there are the celebrity parents with their personal trainers, nannies and cooks.
As children age, those of us who are couch potatoes any way need some pushing to move our body.
PARENTING advice THOUGHTS
Move it or lose it applies to bodies. When I was young and unencumbered by several rolls of padding, I loved to run, skip, and jump. My body was light and I felt like I could fly. No longer. My added weight enhanced my weight bearing exercises but reduced good feelings.
Ever notice how 80% of the joggers are thin? Genes at work. My family genes? Skinny minnies forced to eat when young only to morph eventually into chubbies. I am chubby. Not as bad as I was on my two minute Oprah appearance
I am now about thirty or forty pounds lighter then when on Oprah. Not so bad my doctor urges dieting, but not where I would like to be. I did two things to let go of that weight. First I practiced healthier eating not dieting.
Notice I said healthier, not healthy. Tried to eat only what I loved, truly savor what I was eating, use substitution that offered fewer calories.
Then I tried to tailor exercising to fit me, my life, and my schedule. Walking and gentle aqua-aerobics are my favorite.
I long to go horseback riding. Wish Colorado had a Therapeutic Riding Program for Old Folks. I am on blood thinners so riding on my own would be dangerous. Anyway, I digress. Back to caring for your body. A must for parents.
Writing and promoting my eBooks (my newest children) means long hours at the computer. That is what has had me doing some easy move your body exercises. That and beginning to feel my body rusting more. This year has found colds and cold keeping me from swimming or walking as much as usual, so the rusty mounted.
Move your body Parenting Advice
As your children age, continue to move your body. A daily, some say every other day, exercise program needs to include five minutes each of heart raising cadio, yoga type stretching, weight lifting, and weight bearing. The poster coach suggests ways to do all.
Never tried yoga? The links on the poster take you to some instructional pages. Our YMCA has some great yoga classes for beginners. Take classes with your kids, even your teens if they do not object. Tai Chi and other karate type courses are useful family classes.
Taking a class is a good way to motivate yourself, learn some exercise tools that you can tailor to fit you. I took aqua-size classes at our Y, but now have designed my own 30 minute workout.
Layering is a two-for-one tool. How do you layer? When practicing one or another of my Twelve Daily Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises as you move your body, you are layering the two. I use walking for Being with Beauty, swimming and walking for Thinking About What Matters.
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The first: My advice is just that. Although based on what are called evidenced based practices, the is no guarantee it is the right advice for you and your family. Experiment, try my exercises, if they are not useful to you try another parent adviser.
The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments. Life is to short to let problems you can avoid annoy or stress you.