Are you making your physical fitness less of a priority than it should be? Your fitness level can impact your ability to parent, homeschool, and live a happy life. Here is why getting in shape should be a top priority.
This is headline-worthy. Homeschool moms and dads are notorious for allowing family commitments, extracurricular activities, co-ops, and church to all take precedence over actively making time to stay healthy. So when we do actually make the decision, really commit to it, and follow through even though it isn’t the most convenient thing, it is newsworthy.
What Happens When Fitness Is a Priority
You’ll Sleep Better
What homeschool parent doesn’t want better sleep? A 2013 poll showed exercisers got better sleep than their sedentary peers. Only around 17% of the exercisers said they got poor sleep, while half the non-exercising subjects reported poor sleep.
Become More Productive and Have Better Concentration
Harvard Men’s Health Watch reported in 2013 that moderately intense exercise “stimulates brain regions that are involved in memory function to release a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF rewires memory circuits so they work better.”
Employees of dental healthcare who gave up 2.5 hours a week for exercise reported a decrease in sickness and an increase in productivity, as opposed to the workers who just rested during their extra time away from work. See, exercise really is good for you!
Exercise Reduces Your Cancer Risk
The CDC released a collection of studies showing a reduction in colon and other cancers for people who are active.
Working Out with Your Spouse Is More Fun
It can bring you closer, reduce stress, create an accountability team, and more.
Working Out Can Inspire Your Kids
When your children see you putting your health as a priority, it makes an impression. When you serve healthy meals, they become more aware of food choices when they aren’t at home.
When you exercise together as a family at the jump park, on a hike, or CrossFit with your teens, you are building a better family bond. The example we set for our families colors a wide array of the decisions our children will make as an adult. Setting the example of taking care of our health is one that should be at the top of our list.
5 Resources for Getting In Shape from Home
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Most homeschool families are single-income families. That means there’s not always extra money for a gym membership, especially one with childcare! That means making home work for more than just schooling.
Working out at home doesn’t need to be boring. Have your children become your accountability partners, or start a small homeschool PE class that includes the moms. Make it work however you can. We all want to be around and healthy to take care of our families and this is one way we can help ourselves do just that.
There are many workouts of various lengths, strength, cardio, Pilates, and more. All free! YouTube is a secular channel so advertisements could be questionable, this isn’t a reflection of Fitness Blender, just be aware if you have littles in the room when you are working out.
You can find outdoor active games for your whole family, fitness ideas for busy moms, healthy meals, and more. Remember that if weight loss is a goal, you cannot out-exercise a bad diet.
This blog is full of great workouts and recipes. She is especially geared to Christian moms. Her Train Hard page is a great starting point.
Meal and Recipe Ideas
The Whole 30 Blog, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan (one of my absolute favorite cookbooks), and the Beachbody Blog have a huge collection of yummy and mostly easy recipes, and for a treat or weeks when I know our schedule is going to be crazy, I love HelloFresh!
Home Workout Options
For hand weights and resistance bands, Amazon usually has the best prices. 21 Day Fix is a favorite program for many moms; the workouts are only 30 minutes, it comes with a meal plan that has color-coded containers so there’s no measuring or kitchen scales needed, and the food is yummy.
At our house, screen time must be earned by exercising, so we have a laminated chart that keeps track of each child’s activity: 5 minutes of screen time for ten bear crawls, running the stairs five times, or doing ten wall pushups, etc. 10 minutes are earned for completing FitKids Club (a kid’s workout DVD) or doing 15 minutes of yoga (we have a list of specific stretches from our occupational therapist). It’s amazing what a child will do to watch an episode of Liberty’s Kids.
However you decide to get in shape, remember that you can’t put a price on your health, and your family needs you. Moving forward to better health is a gift to yourself and those you love.