Over the weekend I ran into newly appointed parents of one of the most handsome 5 month olds here at the gym. I greeted them, “WELCOME BACK! I bet the holidays were crazy!” They both said the exact same thing to me, “WE GOT SO LAZY AND ATE SO BAD!!!!” I told them that myself and Tina weren’t too far off the tracks from where they were coming from.
We started talking about being new parents and how hard it is to train and stay in shape. A lot of times you want to hang out with your baby and do nothing but be lazy and order pizza while watching the newest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Babies are a lot to handle, all parents know this and it doesn’t get easier to get your normal daily duties aligned with their sleeping, eating, and pooping schedule. They made good points, where if one was too lazy the other one would follow. WHICH IS 10000% TRUE. It’s easier to say I’ll go tomorrow when your significant other says, “Just stay in and hangout with us!”
BUT, it does get to a point when your laziness gets to you. Those stairs that were once a simple trek up to your room becomes a mile long hike while carrying your child. The “I’ll only eat pizza once a month” because an every Wednesday and Friday night routine. Well let me tell you… THEY ARE GETTING OUT OF THAT RUT! They’re starting slowly by going to a few classes, then hiking on the weekends, and utilizing open gym! It’s always a slow start because you have to find that middle ground between you, your significant other, and your child. Once that all comes into play, it becomes routine!
It took me and Tina some time to find that small bit of sacrifice so her and I can workout. Not only is working out and keeping up with your fitness continually maintaining your physical health, it’s a huge stress reliever too. Your cluttered parenting mind somewhat becomes less cluttered. PLUS, you want to eat healthier because you don’t want to ruin that workout you JUST did. Finding that pattern to your priorities will really help you in the long run. Not only just with parenting but in your career as well! You’ll feel more awake during work. You’ll have that much more energy in the office!
This doesn’t only include parents. For those of you who have yet to be parents or are no where close to it, this one to for you to read. Maintaining your fitness goals and achieving them should be something you’re constantly doing and thinking about. Don’t let the holiday slump put you in a rut, keep training and keep eating healthy. You’re creating your own lifestyle you want to live, so then when that day comes and you’re a parent, it’s easy to get back into the swing of things. Don’t let other people tell you otherwise. Health and wealth come together as one. To me, my wealth is my family, so how can I enjoy being with them if I’m unhealthy? You do the math. Create the pattern. Create the lifestyle. Don’t get lazy because it’s harder to burn that off if you’ve been in that rut for quite some time.
So, as always, you’re just in the nick of time to make that change. Remember THE NEW YEAR NEW YOU CHALLENGE starts January 15th and the hydrostratic dunk tank is tomorrow. If you haven’t signed up for the challenge, you are missing out on something that can definitely change your life.