Seize The Opportunity To Work Out
May 18, 2012 By: Monyka Berrocosa
I used to view my son’s lacrosse practices as something that took up a lot of my time, and I’ll admit – dread them. Between scrambling to get dinner on the table, everyone fed, and not to mention, having a moment to catch my breath (aside from enjoying my son), lacrosse practice was a bit of a headache.
This year my son’s lacrosse team practices at a beautiful park called Meadowood. After walking the park out of boredom one day, I realized that it was quite a lovely outdoor workout opportunity waiting to happen. Things haven’t been the same since!
Now instead of just going and plopping down my folding chair I usually plan to suit up in workout gear. I make sure my running shoes are on and get ready to make positive productive use of the time he’s practicing, to practice taking care of me.
Since then, I’ve had some pretty interesting workouts over the past couple of months. I love the chance to work out – OUTside, particularly for the variety it serves up. The park provides a great opportunity to people watch and push myself physically, all at the same time.
Whether I’m speed walking laps, or doing a series of calisthenics, being outside and taking good care of myself has helped me look at my kids practices in a whole new light.
On a couple of occasions, I’ve even been able to convince my significant other to join me in a speed walk around the park. Not only has this created a fitness opportunity, but it’s also created some great quality time for the two of us. Like many we are usually running around and rarely get many chances for “us”time, but healthy “us” time is a bonus.
I think as women we tend to take care of everyone else first. Getting kids to extra curricular activities is no exception. However, being able to turn that obligation into an opportunity to practice taking better care of myself, has given me a whole new appreciation for my son’s lacrosse practices.
That hour and a half has become very precious and anticipated as an opportunity to take much better care of myself. In January, I had a goal to lose 30 pounds, I’m happy to report that I am 12 pounds of the way there!
I’m sure finding ways to incorporate more fitness and movement into my busy schedule is one of the things that’s responsible for my success. What activities can you rethink to help you take better care of you?