One of those choices I need to make more than once a week is whether or not go to the gym. I never regret a workout, and I always regret losing time with my children, which happens when I go to the gym. It's difficult. Sometimes I go home and the older children are out with friends. I always get toddler attention - something I love, and I know these toddler-era days are numbered.
The New York Times published a column including a graphic for a 7-Minute workout . High Intensity Circuit Training (HICT) is effective. I will read the column and the graphic several times and think about doing this workout as I realize it is very good for me. Should I attempt it, my sons will be encouraged to try it with me. I will remember to do this workout at least twice. "It's not the person who fails, it's the exercise program that fails,", is a comment I have seen many times. "What's your excuse?" is another comment I see often. I acknowledge that I don't want to do it, rather than make an excuse, and also acknowledge my responsibility in adopting a new workout, which over time, becomes boring, than abandoned.
Yet, here's the thing ... as said in the beginning, I never regret a workout. Even when I have to push myself, or perform poorly, I do not walk away feeling terrible. Whatever I get physically from time in the gym is nothing compared to how I feel mentally when the exercise is over. Workouts and general healthy living benefits my mind. If I feel stress or anxiety, I am a worse person in every way, especially as a mother.
The most recent time I made the choice to skip the gym was correct. Everyone was home and not busy. I had a book discussion with one child, discussed a pending school project with another, and got the usual toddler time. I watched them all play outside and devise plans to avoid the light rain that started while they were playing. I witnessed sweet moments in time that will never happen again. Sure, we will have other good times in the future, but it is better to focus on the present.
And the future? It will include hikes, bike rides, swimming, and general adventure. We discovered long ago that the best way to keep children away from media is to get outside as often as possible, and we do this every free weekend. How will I keep up with the children? Guess I better get to the gym!