Adapting to the parenting day
At the beginning of the year, two of our family goals were to:
- make an effort to get out more rain or shine
- eat for nutrition, health and well-being and to bin that junk!
Sadly as the year has progressed finding time to fit in exercise has fallen way down the priority list, especially when the demands of the daily grind kick in. Cook, taxi driver, cheerleader, block-builder, hair-braider and hugger, just to name a few of the duties performed in a single day.
Finding comfort in a hot drink and a packet of chocolate biscuits in the still of the night once the little ones have nodded off to sleep, dreaming of tomorrows adventures, is like a wonderful hug at the end of a long gruelling day.
Easy and instantly satisfying as it maybe, it’s probably not the best way to spend the evening, even if the warm comfy couch agrees. I blame Winter. Staring at the now empty packet it’s at that time you vow to make healthier choices when the sun comes up and you promise to get back on the fitness bandwagon…
We all know how the story goes, when morning comes, time seems to vanish and before you know it you are rushing out the door for the school drop off. Not before the kids have had a healthy nourishing breakfast which leaves you just enough time for a quick sip of coffee or a bite of someones toast crust left behind in the mad dash for the front door.
The answer to breaking this cycle and getting back on track with those goals? Get your comfortable shoes on friends, strap baby in the stroller and head out that front door! It’s as easy as taking a stroll. As boring or simple as it may sound, the benefits to your health and wellbeing far outweigh the quick comfort of the all-to-tempting hidden in the back of the cupboard sweet treats and salty snacks. Come on phil&teds friends you know what I’m talking about…and you thought it was a secret stash huh!
There really is something so invigorating about being out in the open, in the fresh air. A daily stroll will make you feel energized, awake, sharper and more alert. As a motivator I always envision how great I will feel after the walk is over versus how I will feel if I try to weasel my way out and don’t go through with it. Thinking about being drained, cranky and tired is enough to encourage me to lace those sneakers up. It helps that the little one really enjoys those buggy rides now too. He can climb into his stroller on his own (we have it set it up near the front door so it’s always ready to roll). I feel like he’s telling me with his eyes and not so subtle body language “Mum, hurry up it’s time to go!” If I was looking for a sign, chances are that’s it.
So friends, in case you were contemplating hot chocolate and cookies over getting those trainers out and shaking off the dust, have a squiz at this this:
Top 10 Health Benefits for taking a daily stroll:
- It’s low impact exercise – perfect if you are thinking of starting down the road to fitness again. Not too taxing on the body or joints if you need to ease slowly back into regular exercise.
- No specialist exercise equipment needed– just good comfortable supportive shoes, water bottler, your trusty stroller, bubs and anyone else that wants to tag along. Be prepared by dressing well for the weather conditions and keep your sun cover or storm cover handy in the parcel tray so you don’t get caught out if the weather suddenly changes. Get all the family involved or make a buggy walking date with some friends. An opportunity to socialise, catch up and work out.
- It can be done anywhere – choose a path, and away you go. They say variety is the spice of life. Mix up your walking tracks if you are bored with the scenery, no need to walk the same circuit every time. Change it up and admire the new view, the lil passengers will probably appreciate it too.
- It’s cost effective – No Weekly Gym Fees or need to arrange child care as baby can come along for the ride. A daily stroll is FREE – woohoo!!
- It’s convenient and flexible, able to fit into the most hectic of schedules – busy mornings? Take a lunchtime stroll. Head out before/after the school pick up or in the early evening before dinner time or after work. Pick a time that suits you and your family, and you will never be able to use the excuse “I just don’t have the time” again. The aim is be active everyday for at least 30 mins. Even if it’s not the same time everyday or if you have to break it up into 10 minute bursts throughout the day, it will all add up. Oh yeah, it’s all good!
- Walking to the store instead of driving, will help you save on your fuel and grocery bill – it’s better for the environment and for you. If you live within a good practical walking distance to your local store or markets, leave the car behind when you need to pick up supplies for dinner. It’s a thrifty way to shop because you can only buy what you can carry in the parcel tray. No room for choc biscuits or extra goodies – just the essentials!
- It provides time out and a chance to clear the mind clutter – being outdoors and focussing on your surroundings can be a welcome distraction from the endless “to do” list type thoughts us parents are constantly thinking. Taking a daily stroll can become a nice way to take a break from the relentless daily chatter. You will start to look forward to heading out as it becomes more and more a part of your daily routine.
- It improves your sleep quality – studies suggest, burning off all that energy from your daily walk will make your sleep more restful and longer. Hmmm now if only our toddlers could read this!
- Stress relief – walking daily is a healthy way to release endorphins which will boost your mood, make you feel good and help you de-stress. Yay!
- 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health – it’s good for the heart, helping maintain a healthy weight and keeping that bod toned. Having a goal to strive for will help keep you motivated and on track. By having a number of steps to aim for you will also be able to monitor your progress. It’s an easy incentive to keep adding steps to make up your daily count. Keep it simple and consistent and you will start to reap the health benefits in no time! Already hitting the 10k target? Add in some hills for resistance training to up the intensity or pick up the pace to work up a sweat.
*It is always recommended to seek advice from your GP or family doctor before taking on a new health or fitness regime.
Happy strolling p&t friends! Let us know if you have taken a daily stroll today. Share a pic to our facebook wall or follow us and share on instagram #philandteds We would love to see what the path looks like on your daily stroll!
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