â€œNo, no sweetheart,â€ I said, breathing as hard as I was peddling. But of course, my seven month old son didnâ€™t understand. When he got to the exercise bike, he reached up to get to a standing position near his mommy. I slowed down, and got off the bike for the third and final time. He refused to be distracted.
I walked him around the house, picking things up as I cooled down. I hadnâ€™t been able to get the thirty minutes of cardio in that Iâ€™d wanted to today. Luckily, Iâ€™d been able to do my strength training already, while he still slept.
It isnâ€™t a race to lose weight. Itâ€™s a lifestyle to be healthy.
That has been my mantra for the last 5 months since Iâ€™ve been exercising regularly.
Things that make it hard to exercise:
- I am breastfeeding, and cannot leave the house at 5:30 or 6:00 am in the morning because baby nurses around that hour.
- I cannot leave at 7:00 or 8:00 am because older kids need to go to school. I often end up walking with baby in a stroller, either outside or at the gym, depending on the weather after I get everyone at school.
- Babyâ€™s needs often interrupt my workout routine.
- Other responsibilities take up my time, as well.
- Joint pain prevents me from jogging to get more cardiovascular results in a shorter amount of time. So I race-walk instead, to keep my heart rate up. I am also trying cycling (I hate it on the stationary bike, but I know I will love the speed of a real bike outside. My reward for keeping up that exercise will be an awesome bike in the spring.)
How efficient I am right now isnâ€™t important. What is important is that I am establishing a habit. Many of these difficulties are temporary. If I can do it now, when it is hard, I can do it when it will be easy.