Truth be told, I am a naturally sedentary person. I love being snuggled up on my couch, book in hand, and not move for hours. I’m just not a naturally ‘get up and go’ type of person, and I have never been. MY mom used to have to force me out of the house as a child to play, when I would always prefer hanging out inside to read or draw. Before I had kids I could get away with this more. I could go about my day at work and when it was time to be home I could hibernate and not do much. It was wonderful! However, I’ve found it important for the past 15 or so years to get out there more. Working out is important to me, as is getting my kids out of the house on a daily basis. While they are perfectly content to watch TV all day if I let them, I want them to live an active lifestyle and I have to show them that if I can do it, they can do it.
Here are MY 5 tips for living a more active life (even if I’d rather be on the couch;)
1) I mentioned above that it is REALLY important to me to work out. I commit to 3 days a week and rarely slack off on this. I feel better when I am doing cardio and weights on these days, and it allows me to not feel as guilty during the times I am lazing around at home. Working out for me is about feeling good about myself mentally, as well as physically. It gives me a sense of control over my body, and having goals to work towards makes me happy. In the warmer months I’ll often work out with my kids, by running while they ride bikes beside me, or racing my daughter in intervals. It’s fun for all of us and shows them that working out can be fun.
2) When my kids were a lot younger I found that we would go to stores a lot and just walk around. It got us out of the house and gave me a chance to stretch my legs and see people outside of my home. We would walk around the store for an hour or so, browsing the toy aisles and seeing all the new things. I didn’t always buy stuff, but found we could log in some steps while there and have something to look at outside the four walls of our home. Now we go for bike rides around our neighborhood, visit parks, and go ice skating when the weather is colder. It’s a struggle to find active things to do in the winter, so we have to be more creative. Dancing to a video game, working out together to a video on my computer, and going outside in the snow are some things we do to keep busy.
3) It’s taken me a long time to realize this, but if I dress more comfortably I find I am willing to do more with my kids. I’ve been that person who wears uncomfortable shoes to amusement parks or clothes that I feel are chic and cool, only to find them restrictive and inappropriate. The athleisure tend is great for those of us that want to look pulled together and cute, yet be comfortable. I love a great faux leather legging and a feminine lacy top, worn with a warm cardigan and cute sneaks. Adding in upscale accessories like a great leather cross body bag and delicate jewelry makes me feel pulled together and fashionable. While my default is still to dress up more than the average person, I find myself reaching for cute and comfortable pieces like the ones you see above.
4) I recently took notice of the fact that I had been buying the same deodorant brand since the time I started wearing deodorant. It was pure habit, and when I look back I found that I wasn’t really happy with it. I noticed it didn’t keep me very dry, and I would have to reapply halfway through the day to feel more fresh. It left a residue, too. Ewww. Also, is there anything worse than smelling something bad and realizing it is YOU? Been there! Cue Dove, who I partnered with to try out their new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant. I love that I can spray this on and get 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, with no visible residue. Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant also has 1/4 moisturizers, for softer and smoother underarms (which I thought was overrated at first, but MAN is it nice to have smoother and softer underarms, ha.) Here’s the deal, if you are going to live a more active lifestyle you need a antiperspirant that will last. I work from home and as a sub at my kids’ school, and I need to know that when I wear an antiperspirant I don’t have to worry about it wearing off. (Which helps when I’m stress sweating while herding 12, three year old kids throughout their day;) Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant went on quickly, dried in seconds, and lasted until I showered it off. The spray on feature was also kind of fun for me, a little switch up in my daily routine that I enjoyed.
5) Lastly, I find that taking the time to walk more helps me stay as active as I can (even when I don’t want to be!) I park far away from stores and walk, I take stairs when I can, and I almost always take the long way when walking anywhere. I put in a lot of steps at work and if I’m home working I try to take breaks to be as active as I can. For me, being active is something I have to work at daily. It isn’t my natural default, I have to force it. The goal for me if to be healthier for myself, but to also show my kids that it’s the daily choices we make that make the biggest differences in our heath.
Tell me, do you do anything special to stay more active during the day?
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