How to get a bit fit – while being a parent and working from home

Have you heard the news this morning about kids exercise dropping off at age 7?

Does it make you reflect on your own fitness levels . . . or have you already got fitbit fever?

Are you managing to get yourself a bit fit? . . . and does your working day allow any bit fit time?

Getting your mind a bit fit

Over half term work for me was a bit slow . . which suited me because then I could spend quality time with the kids . . .

. . . and then I get a lovely new project come in from an existing client . . .

. . . and my webmaster approves a design idea that had been on pause . . . and another client pays his deposit I had been waiting on  . . .

. . . and I am feeling like I have plenty to keep me busy.

After all when you are a one woman show, governed by the school run, it doesn’t take too much to fill out your schedule. . . .

. . . especially when you also have networking and marketing events booked to fill some of your days too . . .

. . . notwithstanding all the family and personal things that you have to organise and remember and integrate into your life at the same time . . .

. . . it doesn’t take much before you are left wondering where the week has gone . . . and how you are going to fit in the creative production time.

. . . so plenty to keep my mind active and more than a bit fit . . .

but what about getting my body a bit fit?

Getting your body a bit fit

A few years ago I went for a general health check at my GP . . . where I believed that because I was walking everywhere and up and down stairs sorting kids etc . . .

. . . and not really sitting down a great amount of time . . . that I was being reasonably active . . .

(and at that time my youngest had not started school and I was still taking him out doing things in the day)

. . . but no – “what do you do to get a bit fit and out of breath and exercise your heart?” said my GP . . .

well at the time that stumped me because the truth of the answer to that question was “nothing”

so all that has now changed

. . . I go for a 10K run most weekends. . and recently my eldest has started coming so that helps with the motivation . . .

. . . and now the weather has improved then that also helps with the motivation.

But sitting at a computer being creative all day is never going to be the best for getting a bit fit . . .

. . . and after using a fit bit to monitor my bit fit, it was all too apparent . . .

. . . my husband won a fit bit flex in a raffle at work, for their ‘leave your car at home’ get active campaign, but the app would not work on his old phone so he gave the fitbit flex to me to use . . .
fitbit flex get a bit fitThis is his one – pic thanks to the Fitbit website

. . . then after I bought him a new phone for his birthday he has taken back custody of his fitbit (coz the app works on his new phone) . . .

. . . it helped to show me where I was lacking and what I needed to do to improve my heart rate and get the most out of my normal daily routine.

Although I get a bit irritated when my youngest can’t get organised in the morning, and we have to run to school so he is not late . . .

. . . this has actually ended up being a good thing . . . that 5-minute exertion of a run is doing wonders for my cardiovascular exercise . . .

it is much better for my heart to run for five minutes and then fast walk or jog back for 8 minutes, so I can get started working sooner . . .

. . . than saunter both ways without even breaking into a pant. . .

. . . and the same thing works at the opposite end of the day . . .

. . . what’s the best way to get a bit fit?

Do I saunter along at 3.15 and then use valuable productive time just waiting at the school gates with the other mums. . .

No, that’s not my style . . . it’s not last minute enough . . .

Remember in Toy Story 2, where Andy’s mum says . . . “come on we need to leave for camp in 5 minutes”

and Andys face lights up with all the fun things he can do . . .  in ‘5 minutes’ . . .  an eternity in a child’s eyes.

Well, that’s me when my ‘reminder’ alarm on my phone goes off . . .

Oh, I’ve nearly finished this proof. . .  just got time to save 3 more, name them all . . . put them into dropbox and email the client . . .

. . . by using that extra time to maximise my working day and then leaving myself ONLY enough time to necessitate running to school . . .

. . . it forces my 5 minutes of cardiovascular exercise  . . . hence getting a bit fit. . .

. . . and if my youngest son wants to play tig on the way home and get me to chase him well that’s even more opportunity to get a bit fit . . .

. . . so 5 minutes each way, twice a day – equals 20 minutes a day, x 5 days = 100 minutes a week, plus the 10a bit fitk run . . .

. . . seems like being busy and having too much to do therefore having to squeeze minutes wherever I can means that the getting a bit fit is the default “waste product of the situation. . .
. . . seems like a win win to me

This blog is created and written entirely by Linda Wild
Thanks for reading.
Linda 


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