Feeling a bit frazzled? Have the children had a little too much sugar??? Does the house look like a disaster area after unwrapping all those presents? Need to release some pent-up energy? Fear not, you tell yourself, this too shall pass and life as we know it will return . . .
Hmm, perhaps that’s part of the problem. Life gets back to a routine and that means it’s couch potato time once again. It’s tempting to curl up under a pile of covers on a cold day! So resolve to make this coming year a truly positive and healthy one instead.
Conquer one challenge at a time. Keep it simple. Anything can become too complicated when one tries to do too much in a short allowance of time. Health takes time! Relax and get your support base together and that means a fun family exercise.
Without proper exercise, we’re only spinning our wheels and we’ll never lose that Christmas party weight. That’s why exercise should be a daily family routine.
Now I can hear you sigh, “You mean I have to exercise every day?”
“Oh dear,” I reply. “You mean I have to brush my teeth every day?”
Yes. That is, unless you enjoy rotting teeth and bad breath. You choose to brush your teeth each day because the pay-off is better than the alternative. Same as health.
And who said exercise need be dull? Make exercise fun first of all, and then incorporate different types of exercise into your daily routine so you don’t get bored. Just like a well-rounded, varied daily diet! I couldn’t eat one type of food forever could you, so why exercise in the same old way?
Variety really is the spice of life. Did you get an exercise video for Christmas? Use it as a family! Did you get snowed in and couldn’t get to work or school? Sledding, building a snow fort or snowman, walking, skiing, dancing – it’s all exercise. Each exercise works different muscle groups just as nutrients provide different metabolic benefits as well. Therefore we need variety.
In order to enjoy life; relationships, exercise, food, as well as your occupation should be satisfying. Look forward to family exercise as much as you do sitting down and watching the game on television. Think of the happy memories you’ll create. There’s always an up-side!
Children will remember the times they exercised as a family and enjoyed fellowship. That’s a wonderful heritage to pass along.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127: 3-5 (ESV)