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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Fitness

By Anne Keckler | March 19, 2008

We moms are a busy bunch of people. We’re constantly interrupted with questions, have to settle disagreements (especially if we have more than one child), drive children to activities, and chase after them on vacation. We are called upon to practice their sport with them in the back yard, to clean up after them in the house, and to stay up late to help them with homework. Whew!

So why do we gain weight and have so much trouble keeping it off?

I thought about this while I was on a trip with my family for the past few days. We drove from Tallahassee to Miami Beach, walked all over South Beach, played in the surf, attended the state boys’ gymnastics meet, drove to Orlando to go to Disney for a couple of days, and then drove home. You’d think that with all that walking around I’d have lost a few pounds. You’d be wrong.

Even though I’m sure I logged more than 10,000 steps per day, they were slow steps. You can’t hurry through the crowd at Disney when you have kids in tow. You have to take everything at a slightly more leisurely pace, even though it feels frantic trying to keep track of where everyone is and taking care of everyone’s needs. I was certainly exhausted at the end of the day, but it was more of a mental or emotional exhaustion than one brought on by strenuous physical activity.

And that’s the thing. We are often tired at the end of a long day, so we skip real exercise. Or we eat because we’re tired or slightly dehydrated. We don’t take care of ourselves the way we should because our minds are preoccupied with taking care of everyone else.

How has your lifestyle affected your fitness?

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  4. Gym Etiquette
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Topics: Exercise, Losing weight | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Fitness”

  1. workout mommy Says:
    March 20th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    such great points Anne! By the end of the day I am usually too tired to even think about going for a run, much less actually doing it! Kids just suck the energy out of us all day long! (but yes,they are worth it!)

    I like your site, and I sure wish I was in Florida!

  2. Deb Says:
    August 20th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Even though I’m not a mother, I do run a household and freelance from home. I can ALWAYS find something else to do. I am religious about my workout schedule, but by evening, I’m tired and probably a little dehydrated. I don’t think carefully about what I eat and how much water I drink.

    I feel tired, but still make myself stay up until 11.

    I am not good to myself, which means I am no good to anyone else.

    Can we designate one day a week as a “be good to me” Day?

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