By: Jennifer Deane
From stress management to activating your feel-good endorphins, there are numerous benefits to adding exercise to your daily routine. For those trying to conceive, exercise is a great way to keep healthy and happy during a stressful time, though it is important to consult with your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen. As for those who have recently given birth, you will be stronger when your baby arrives and you’ll have a smoother postpartum recovery when you incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
I think of the 2,500-year-old legend of Milo when I see parents carrying babies and sleeping toddlers back to their car after a long day in the park. “The Tale of Milo and the Bull” encapsulates the core principles of strength training.
It is said that Milo built his incredible strength through a simple, but profound strategy. One day, a newborn calf was born near Milo’s home. Milo decided to lift the small animal up and carry it on his shoulders. The next day, he returned and did the same. Milo continued this strategy for the next four years, hoisting the calf onto his shoulders each day as it grew, until he was no longer lifting a calf, but a four-year-old bull.
As a new parent, you will be re-living Milo’s tale. Why not start your strength journey today in preparation!
8 simple tips to help you add fitness to your daily routine:
1. Make it fun!
Think of your exercise sessions as treat time for yourself. Your inner thoughts about activity makes all the difference for staying on track. If you approach your fitness as a chore, it will be a chore. If you approach it with the attitude that you are going to have fun, it will be fun!
2. Keep a Fitness Journal
Studies show that people who keep a fitness journal are more likely to reach their health and wellness goals. Pick up a journal and start recording your daily activities. Write down everything you do, include walking, cycling and even staircases at work. If you ever feel discouraged on your progress, you can look back and see what you have done and how much you have improved!