How to Not Hate Exercising

Exercising can be a stressful idea to many people. It’s like we know that daily exercise is important but some of those tasks that we find recommended for our daily exercise regimen are ridiculous. Hating exercise is an easy way to get out of maintaining your mission to incorporate exercise into your life.

How to Not Hate Exercising

Start Small

Create an exercise plan that is small. If you really hate exercising then you won’t want to spend an hour every day doing the tasks to get fit. Find a small, simple workout routine that will help you to at least tolerate exercising.

Repeat Daily

Repeat your small routine every day for two weeks. This helps establish the routine and encourage you to continue on as you’re not pushing yourself too physically yet. Two weeks should be a reasonable time to work this small routine into a habit.

Add More

After a couple of weeks have passed add some more tasks into your exercise routine. Try to pick exercises that you enjoy at some level. This helps to keep your mind encouraged on pushing through versus absolutely hating your daily exercise routine.

Play Music

Create a music playlist that keeps your motivation up and your body wanting to move. You should know what genre of music will work best to inspire you to continue on with your daily exercising routine. Change up the music playlist if you grow tired of the original one you created.

Focus on Feeling

Rather than using exercise to look differently, focus on how you want to feel. Exercise is usually something people do to look different but they start to hate the work. When you redirect your focus to how you want to feel, exercise becomes less of a chore as it makes you feel good almost immediately.

Eat Healthier

When you try to eat healthier snack options your mind will be healthier which will help you avoid the thought of hating your daily exercise routine. Eating healthier snacks like veggie sticks throughout your day will help inspire your body and mind to feel good all of the time.

Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore, you can use these tips I shared today to help achieve success in your mission to exercise on a regular basis. When you incorporate music into your routine, start small and work towards feeling better versus looking better, you will soon find that you don’t hate exercising so much anymore.

Schwinn’s Bike Riding Tips

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Bike riding is pretty symbolic of childhood, isn’t it?  I remember my first bike and I loved riding it.  When my daughter was two years old we got her a bike and she hated it.  She felt uneasy on it and never wanted anything to do with it.  We put it in the garage.  When she turned three my mom bought her a new bike with training wheels and a basket.  I thought for sure she would love this one and was disappointed when she didn’t.  She tried and tried to ride it but was frustrated by it’s size and how she couldn’t get up on it by herself.  It also sat gathering dust in the garage.  I wanted so much for her to love bike riding as I did as a child!  I wanted her to experience the freedom and confidence that comes from riding a bike.  …and selfishly I wanted to be able to take family bike rides.  When Schwinn contacted me to partner with them for this post they said that they have an infographic called their “Smart Start Guide” that will help me with safety information and tips for my child’s first bike ride.  They seemed confident that with their tips I could teach my child to ride a bike.  While I wasn’t exactly optimistic I was hopeful.

Schwinn Jamboree

We ordered new SmartStart Jamboree bike from Toys “R” Us and received a Schwinn helmet as well.  The helmet was unlike any I’ve ever seen.  It was fully adjustable and once you get it set correctly all you have to do is snap it on and off.  My daughter loved it because it has beautiful shades of pink and purple, which are her favorite colors!  My two year old son now wants a helmet to wear too, or as he calls it a hat. 🙂

Schwinn Girl's Bike

Training wheels were a must for this timid rider and to get my daughter used to the movement of the pedals we let her practice indoors for a few days while we propped the training wheels up on two wooden blocks.  It made the bike stationary and let her practice the circular motion.  She loved being able to admire her bike indoors for a few days.  It truly is a gorgeous bike for a little girl.  The pedals are even flower petals – I LOVE IT!  The steamers have brushed with her hairbrush, the basket has carried every one of her dolls, and the banana seat has been sat upon for hours!  When it was time to go outside I was prepared for her to be quickly discouraged so I tried not to build it up.  We drove our bikes down our hill (we live on a massive hill and have to ride at the bottom) and as soon as she climbed on (by herself) she started peddling!

She started peddling!!  First one foot and then the other.  She was really doing it!  It took her a few days of practice to get the handlebar steering down but she had the peddling!  She’s still working on the breaking but she’s even getting better at that!  We may get that family bike ride this summer after all.

Check her out riding by herself!

Schwinn Bike

The biggest way that her SmartStart Schwinn bike was different is that it was the perfect size for her.  Unlike her other bike’s and other friend’s bikes she tried, this fit her.  The seat was big enough to be comfortable.  The handlebars weren’t too far away from her and were small and just perfect for her little hands.  If you have a little one who can’t seem to get the hang of riding a bike, I highly recommend buying a SmartStart Schwinn bike!  I can’t believe a few inches here and there made that big of a difference but it did.  Schwinn has the measurements of a small child down and know what works for them.  Plus, the bike is adjustable so it will grow with your child.

Features of SmartStart Bikes:

  • – 16” wheel size – classic learn to ride size.
  • – Easier to learn to ride-better balance
  • – Safer because less wobble
  • – Light-weight for stability
  • – The seat is shaped and sized to fit a child
  • – When a SmartStart seat is raised to fit a growing child, the distance from the seat to the handle bars increases. This increases the reach distance and will allow the bike to grow with them
  • – The grips are smaller for smaller hands
  • – The geometry matches the pedal width to a child’s hip width
  • – Like all Schwinn bikes, SmartStart bikes have a limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the bike

Here is the infographic Schwinn promised.

Schwinn Infographic

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6 Ways for Busy Parents to Exercise

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Ways for Busy Parents to Exercise
Between house work, managing kids, running errands and scrambling for dinner, it can be quite a challenge for moms and dads to find ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.  I’ve struggled with this lately but I keep reminding myself that with a little creativity I can squeeze in an extra few minutes of exercise here and there.  Even just a few thousand more steps a day makes me feel healthier and have more energy.

Here are a few ideas for moms and dads to make the most of their {limited} free time:

  • 1.) Exercise with the Kids – When I was little I loved riding bikes with my dad.  It was a fun way to bond and experience nature together.  Other options might include a dance game on the Wii or Xbox, backyard volleyball, hiking, or swimming.  Your options are endless, just make sure you don’t let the kids know that they’re exercising!
  • 2.) Work Out at the Playground – If you don’t want to do jumping jacks in front of all the other moms you could simply wear weights and increase your movement at the playground.  Walk around the playground or get involved and cross those monkey bars!
  • 3.) Make it Fun – This is a favorite of mine!  I love to turn music on and dance.  This is a great way to get an extra little work out when cleaning or when playing with the kiddos.  Another idea is for you and your kid to lay on the floor and pretend you’re riding a bicycle, or that you are a sizzling piece of bacon, or…well, you get the picture!  This is also a good chance to work on their numbers or letters. With both of you laying on your back you can stretch your arms out wide and then clap above you while saying “A” and so on.  There are endless games you can make up and play together!
  • 4.) Work out When They Do – This is an idea for older kids.  If your kid takes swimming, dance, or any other scheduled activity see what activities you can do while you wait.  Maybe you could do several laps in the pool while your child has their lesson {if your child isn’t totally mortified by the idea} or maybe there is a cycling class in the same building as your daughter’s dance class.  Soccer practice?  Go for a quick jog around the field while they practice.  I’m sure there are plentyof ideas you can come up with when you get creative!
  • 5.) Walk Away the Weight – Something as simple as walking can help you reduce stress and lose weight.  For some parents, finding a few minutes to walk in the morning before everyone else wakes up might be ideal.  For others, a brisk walk before lunch with the stroller is their preferred option to get fit.  Whenever you can manage to squeeze in a walk you’ll be glad you did.  Walking is one of the simplest ways to get fit and improve your health.  Plus, I find that it’s a great time to talk with my husband when we walk together and a fun time to go on a scavenger hunt when I’m with the kids.
  • 6.) Jog Briskly – Jogging is somewhere between walking and running.  I’ve always heard that a good jog or trot will increase your heart rate, endurance, and increase your caloric burn.  I’ve never been much of a runner per se but occasionally I like to run for a spell during a walk.  My Urbini Avi Jogger Stroller has been a fabulous addition to my walks.

Urbini Jogging Stroller

I’ve never owned a stroller with such fabulous shocks…and just ask my husband, we have a lot of strollers.  {We have 6 in the garage at this time but hopefully we’ll unload a few at an upcoming community consignment sale!}  I can’t over emphasize how smooth it is to push.  The rubber wheels plus the shocks make this baby a dream to push.  During a recent walk my husband pushed my daughter in the Urbini stroller and I had our son in another stroller side by side.  The differences was visible!  My son was bouncing along {while we were just walking!} and my daughter sat much more still.

Urbini Avi Jogger

Not only does it ride smooth but it maneuvers well.  It has a simple switch to flip to lock the front wheel into place and a one step brake.  Easy peasy!  The generous and easy to access storage underneath is a big bonus too.

I have to mention the great safety features this stroller has.  A wrist strap, 5 point harness, and a reflective fabric on the shade, storage basket, and the seat belt.  I love it!  Oh, and they installed a small peek-a-boo window in the canopy so I can spy on my kiddo without stopping.  Knowing me and my out of shape body, I’ll probably still stop and check on her as an excuse to rest but maybe one day I’ll get to the point where I can just peer in the window.

Do you want to know my favorite part about this stroller?  It’s the cost!  This super nice stroller is only $199 at your local Walmart or on Walmart.com {I bought mine online – free shipping!}. Be sure to check out Urbini on Facebook and Twitter.

What about you?  What ways do you find to exercise after having kids?  I would love to hear your ideas!