Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Get moving!

on February 8, 2013

I did some weight training yesterday, yes I did. I haven’t done that in a while – most likely because I “put away” the dumbbells about a year ago and wasn’t able to find them until yesterday. My arms are a tad sore today. I also biked for 45 minutes, watching two episodes from the first season of “Reba” on my laptop. Reba has to be my all-time favourite family sitcom. She makes me laugh. I’m not allowed to watch Downton Abbey during my workout anymore. My husband got hooked so I have to save it for the evening, when the kids are in bed so we can watch it together. I don’t mind so much, I like it when we find a show we both enjoy watching. Anyway, enough about my screen time.

I don’t particularly like exercise. I don’t particularly dislike it either. I love the buzzy feeling throughout my limbs AFTER a good workout, I just don’t really enjoy getting to the buzz. As I mentioned in a previous post, I HAVE to have something to do while I workout to distract me from the fact that I’m working out. When I lived in my own little apartment back in the single days, it meant having my recumbent stationary bike set in front of the TV. Here in my grown-up-living-with-a-hubby-and-kids house, my bike resides in the basement. The unfinished basement. And before I had a laptop (which was only a few months ago), it meant either working out to nothing or reading a book. I read a lot of books down there.

Finding time is the other struggle when it comes to exercising. With a husband, 2 kids and a house to look after, school to complete, farm to help on, garden to tend (in the summer of course), sometimes exercising seems like such a waste of time. I get nothing on my To-Do list accomplished and I waste precious baby napping time to get it done. But I have come to realize that it is a very important part of my day. It is my “me” time. Alone, in a quiet room, watching something that requires no brain power – the only thing better would be a nap.

The best part about exercising for me? Move more = eat more. Sometimes that, in and of itself, is motivation enough to get me moving!



30 minutes a day of some form of activity is all it takes to improve your heart health…and it can help whittle you down quicker than just changing eating habits alone. Try to find some activity you actually enjoy and try to incorporate 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Or if there is no activity you enjoy, find something to do to distract you from the fact that you’re exercising, like reading a book or watching TV. I found, completely by accident, the more suspenseful the show, the faster/harder you work out without realizing it.

When it comes to weight training, you should avoid doing it more often than every other day. Your muscles need the extra time to repair.

What forms of activity do you enjoy?



2 Responses to “Get moving!”

  1. Susan Siemens says:

    If it is too cold outside to walk, I just walk in the house. I exercise with the wii fit plus and I also have a stationary bike.

  2. Helen Giesbrecht says:

    I just walk in the house when it’s cold out side… the morning and 30 min after supper

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