Fitting in Exercise as a Parent
Being a parent we live busy lives. Many of us are trying to juggle our own schedules and also the schedule of our children, which seem to be about as busy as ours. Finding an extra minute is nearly impossible. When the doctor told me that I needed to lose 15 pounds and lower my cholesterol, I nearly laughed. Did this guy really think that I would find time to go to the gym?
I began to look into my schedule, wondering, where I could find it. I did not want to come home from work, turn around, and go for a run. That would cut into the time that I would get to play with the Rookie. After the Rookie would be in bed is also my opportunity to catch up on the DVR, my time to decompress.
There was one block of time that I had available. It wouldn’t be easy and it would require some sacrifices.
That is right I said it, waking up early before anyone in the house was up, lacing up my shoes, and going for a run. I decided to go for it. This was important to me and my family who would like me to stick around for a while.
5:30 A.M. the alarm goes off. I am groggy, tired, and grumpy because my alarm woke me up from the nice warm bed. I slide my shoes on, put my ear buds in, turn on some classic rock, and walk out the door.
As I pick my pace up I am the only one up, there may be a stray light on in a house as people begin to wake up for the day. But it is just me and the sidewalk. My muscles are screaming at me as I make them work too early in the morning.
Suddenly, the muscles loosen up and my pace picks up even more. My lungs taking in the cool, crisp morning air. Without warning I hear 3 miles in my headphones and begin to head back home.
Feeling accomplished as I run up the driveway, I walk in the house to the smell of coffee and a quiet house. My reward for waking up this early. As the sun rises, I hear the alarm to wake up my wife. She wakes up and walks out, shocked to see me standing there, still in my bright green running shirt.
“4 Miles,” I tell her.
Smiling I get ready for the day. I can feel that it is going to be a good day.
It is so difficult to find the time to fit exercise in as a parent. Kids can take up so much of our time that it is one thing that falls to the bottom of our to-do list. But parents are the best at sacrificing and sometimes that is what we have to do to take care of ourselves.
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