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I suppose the husband wasn't the only one who needed a reminder to slow down. Thursday night I could feel it coming on, and by Friday I was down for the count with strep throat and a sinus infection. I think the stress of the past few weeks finally caught up with me. The antibiotics are starting to kick in, and I'm hopeful I can make it through the week without canceling/postponing too many things on the already full calendar.
After the past two weeks, I have been reminded of how grateful I am for good health. It's something I frequently take for granted. Our bodies are truly amazing. The ability they have to heal and improve is a blessing. The demands I put on it everyday are varied and strenuous, from the ability to lug kids around to bending every direction to pick up toys to being on my feet for hours cooking meals to getting on the floor playing with blocks or changing diapers. It is easy for me to get wrapped up in doing these things everyday and to forget that I'm so grateful that I can. It makes me want to take better care of my body so that I can do these things for a long time to come. I feel a great sense of stewardship to care for the gift I've been given of a healthy body, but it usually takes getting sick/injured to regain that perspective.
Exercise and I have an on-again/off-again relationship. When I'm doing it, I'm loving it. When I'm busy, it's one of the first things I let go. When I'm in the habit it's easy, but if I fall off the wagon I have a hard time re-creating that habit in my life. When my dad came to live with us, exercise came to a halt (I'm sure it was also coupled with the fact that I'd just had a baby), and I've had a hard time getting a routine since then. I'm often very casual in my approach, taking a walk with the kids or playing tag in the backyard and calling it a workout. Don't get me wrong, I do think pushing 70+ pounds of kid in the stroller is a workout, but when I'm squeezing it in once a week I don't think it's having quite the benefit that my body really needs. I like to go for a jog or do a quick workout video via netflix, but I have very little consistency.
When I'm sick, it helps me refocus on healthy habits in hopes of preventing future illnesses, because I am definitely a believer when it comes to an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. I feel comfortable with the diet portion of things, increasing my fruit/vegetable intake and cutting back on sugar (and if you're looking for tips regarding better health, I've been loving word of wisdom living). I'm hoping I can find a groove with some sort of regular exercise, even if it's just being more consistent with my walks pushing 70+ pounds of kid.
What helps you to form a habit when you've gotten casual?
What's your favorite way to exercise?