No Time for Exercise?Posted: Aug 09 in Activity Recommendations, Weight Management Strategies by Dr. Lazarus As the new school year begins and fall quickly approaches, I give thanks to the prospect of regular routines. (Wait, wasn’t it a few months ago that we were grateful for the less structured days of summer?) It is probably the variety that keeps us going anyhow. In speaking with many patients this week, there is a sigh of relief that school is beginning and the routines resume. When probing further, most of you reveal that in terms of weight management and taking care of ourselves, it is the structure of routines that we tend to thrive the most productively.
The flip side of the structure is the endless activities and often over-scheduling between after school activities, homework, and day-to-day household and work responsibilities. One of the first things to get bumped in the chaos of it all is regular exercise (for parents that is). Our kiddos get to enjoy the soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, dance, gymnastics, etc. We all realize the importance for kids to get regular physical activity – whether riding bikes, scooters, playing at the park, or just chasing blowing leaves. Guess what? We need that activity piece just as desperately.
I challenge all of you in organizing your fall schedules to make exercise a priority. No time you say? What about walking the soccer fields instead of sitting in the car reading a book? Is there a gym close to your kid’s activities? Is it possible to walk around the block of the dance studio? Many parents have started kickboxing while their child is in Tae-Kwon-Do. Are there any carpool possibilities with a spouse or other parent? Sometimes we need to tap into our networks to come up with creative solutions. Perhaps swap watching other children one practice for yours the next.
Bottom line: try to come up with a consistent block of time for physical activity. Excuses are easy to come by; the workable solutions are often very rewarding. Our mental and physical health depend on it!
-Heather Thomas, P.A. -C.