Having a family is a wonderful, rewarding experience that one can appreciate fully only when it happens to them. Until then, no words can be used to describe it. But, once you have become a parent yourself, you may find yourself shocked and a bit disoriented. Everything while exactly the same on the surface, will change dramatically. A change of priorities is required.
Suddenly, it is all about the kids and that’s the way it should be. But, while being selfless is a good trait for a parent to have, you also need to think about yourself and first and foremost, your own health. Your children are going to need you and they will need you to be around while they grow up and to lean on you for support and advice.
Most parents neglect exercising as they get caught up in work, chores, and taking care of the family. And really, once you have small children you can’t just leave them for a couple of hours while you go to the gym. But, I think I have found a way around this – using home exercise equipment. I’ve joined the elliptical craze! I stumbled across ellipticals at this website, while surfing the web and decided I would give it a shot. I found one particular elliptical trainer that suited our budget and which doesn’t take up too much space. The results were staggering. I can honestly say that it gives me the most efficient workout I’ve ever had, because it informs me when I’m in the fat-burning zone.
The best thing about working out from home is that you can get away from the kids for an hour or two, yet you’re still there if they need something. You’re there for them but you still have a moment for yourself. The best of both worlds, really. I can devote time to myself and take care of the kids at the same time. Plus, my workout can be flexible because I can use an elliptical trainer at home any time I like. If I was a member of the gym, I would have to drive to get there and I could only go there at a certain time, and that might not work well for me.
Taking care of the family means taking responsibility for someone else’s well-being but that doesn’t mean that you need to neglect your own needs completely. In fact, if you set aside a couple of hours for yourself to exercise or do something creative that feeds your soul, everybody can benefit because you will be content and happy, and that happiness has a habit of spreading within the family. And I won’t even get into how regular exercise is good for you in the physical sense. That one is simply a bonus.
I am going to continue my research, and anything I dig up about running a family and working from home at the same time. Having the best of both worlds is a goal that is entirely possible, although you will have to do the necessary legwork and figure some stuff out for yourselves.