I don’t like to work out. I have avoided it for most of my adult life, which may sound weird since I’ve spent ALL of my adult life so far as a military member. But, the truth is physical health and exercise makes me feel bad about myself. I struggle to do the exercise routines, to get the proper child pose in yoga, or run for more than 30 seconds. I needed to figure out how to improve physical health while still doing ALL THE THINGS.
I went to google. How to improve physical health was my search term, and boy were the results SO analytical. That’s not what my life is about, and if you’re visiting this post, it’s probably not what your life is about either.
How To Improve Physical Health
I realized that I couldn’t chase after my preschooler. I was out of breath. I knew this was going to be a problem, especially since I’m only in my 30s. What would my 60s look like? If I was going to focus on physical health, I needed to think long-term while working short-term. Basically, I needed to make the routine of working out not so routine. I needed to learn what kind of physical condition I should be in while in my late 30s, and reverse engineer how to get to that physical health point.
Five Physical Health Factors
Want to get into shape, and stay that way? You have to focus on 5 factors. After my googling obsession, I noticed that most of the “experts” listed 5 things that I should probably focus on when starting this journey.
- Maintain a healthy weight. This one is interesting for me because I’ve been told repeatedly by my doctors that I am underweight. Yes, being underweight is unhealthy. My heart works overtime to keep blood flowing in my body, and to keep me warm. I’m constantly cold, and get tired easily (see the running after preschooler episode above).
- Better sleep. I’m a light sleeper. I need noise to sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night, unless I exhausted myself during the day. I need better sleep.
- Eat more. This one drives me nuts because I eat, y’all. I LOVE to eat. But, I will admit, when I’m home I make sure my husband and kids eat more than I do. I don’t know why; maybe it’s a mom thing. This has to stop. There’s more than enough food in the house for me to eat like I should.
- Get moving everyday. Since I work from home, this is one area where I need to make myself accountable. Even if I just walk around the backyard for 15 minutes, I need to get moving.
- More water intake. Can I share something with you all? I don’t like water. I’ve written about how I don’t like water before, but I just can’t get into it! I will drink bottled water, which can rack up a budget, but if that’s what will get me to ingest even more water, it’ll have to do for now.
My Physical Health Plan
Over the next few months, I’m going to take these 5 main physical health factors and work on them each and every day. My goal is to document what I’m doing on my Instagram Stories, so be sure to follow me there. I’ll also dedicate a blog post to each step, and share what I’ve learned, and what may work for you if you want to join in with me.
Moms, we have to do better by our bodies. Learning how to improve physical health is the first step. The next step is to actually do all of the steps we’ve learned. We can do this. It’s not as hard as raising babies, I’m pretty sure.