Recently I was thinking about two of the things I love most in my life: Being a great parent, and staying in great shape. I realized after some reflection how many similarities there are between the two, and how both of them take consistent loving committment, each and every day.
Let me explain.
Staying in shape and working every day at being your best, healthiest self, is a lot like working at being the best parent you can each day. The challenges and the blessings are found in working with what you've got each day, and rolling with the punches while enjoying the ride :)
Raising kids is all about the journey, the every day moments, the little things. There is really no end goal with parenting, it continues on each day as beautiful process, and you and your kids go through phases and changes. Both in parenting and in your fitness routine, you are (ideally) always working towards doing things better and getting stronger and healthier. But you gotta work with what you have every single day - and that is always shifting and changing- the body has different needs every day as does your family.
Your health and fitness is something you have to care for and nurture and pay attention to - just like the kids. Also, for anyone truly serious about fitness, you do have to be in it for the long haul - just like you are with your children (although with fitness you do actually have a choice)! Staying fit throughout your life is a daily committment, and just like with anything, the more ways you can find to enjoy it the more successful you will be with it!
And when you're really enjoying it - Before you know it, its over :) The class is done and you are on to the next thing and you realize that working out is really all about the moment - how you feel in the moment and doing your next to enjoy it and remember all the benefits. In some ways, these sentiments are true for parenting: its easy to just go through the movements and rush from one thing to the next on the never ending to-do list a parent has, but the best times are when you get to truly be in the moment.
Love your life.
Love your body.
Love your family.
Love your fitness!