When I started approaching 30 (and then ~gasp~ reached and passed 30), my health and fitness got worse and worse. After having a child, and adopting a second, and now babysitting for a third, my couch potato meter just increased exponentially. Add depression to this mix, causing a severe lack of motivation to do ... anything .... Well, we're looking at intervention time.
We all know the gym membership thing is a complete waste of money for me. Aside from the inability to carve an entire hour at a time out of my schedule to go, there is the whole childcare issue (I won't leave my kids in the care of someone I don't know, even if there is childcare provided at the gym.) All of this adds up to making me even LESS motivated to go.
For our birthdays, my mother-in-law bought my hubby and me a Wii Fit program. I have to say. It's WORKING. I'll tell you why:
- I don't have to leave my house. I can do this while my kids are napping. No one else can watch me do my workout.
- It keeps track of my "stats" for me. I can see if I'm slacking or when I improve at a glance.
- I can tailor what I do to what I like AND what I'm in the mood for (or what I have time for today).
- It makes exercising FUN. I'm competing with my hubby (and my mother who is using it too), but even more so with myself! I actually did step aerobics yesterday for 35 minutes so that I could fill the top ten positions before hubby and mom come in and wipe me out.
Now, that's motivation!
To top it off, my Wii makes me laugh. It's programmed to do things like wish me a happy birthday, remind me to brush my teeth before bed, and eat lunch (a reminder that all busy moms can actually appreciate).
And yes, it's true, exercise really does help you to feel better about yourself. Even if you don't have a Wii, get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Take a walk. It's good for your body and your soul!