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Email of the Day: Our Family Makes Fitness a Priority

By Dr. Laura on June 21, 2023
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I am a mom to four kids. We are beyond busy, exhausted, and all the rest of the usual excuses. However, being fit is a priority. We donโ€™t try; we just do it. I am a competitive long-distance runner, and I work out with and without a trainer, even if itโ€™s just for a half-hour at a time.



Hereโ€™s how we make it work. Every morning my husband leaves for the gym at 4AM. I do the โ€œkids off to schoolโ€ duty. Then I exercise. When theyโ€™re home, I sit on our stationary bike for an hour while they nap or play among themselves. I could be folding laundry or scrolling on social media, but the energy and pride I get from being a fit mama helps not only me, but our family dynamic.


On weekends, my husband and I switch off workouts between soccer and basketball and play practice. In the summer, one of us drives the kids to a park, and the other runs there, and then we trade places. My husband trained for an ultra-marathon this way.


We just do it, even when weโ€™re tired. We eat clean and healthy, but weโ€™re not โ€œloonyโ€ strict. Our kids donโ€™t own devices and downtime for them is playing anything with a ball, and preferably outside.


Keep up your tough love messages by holding people accountable for their bodies. Challenge their excuses. People say โ€œyouโ€™re so luckyโ€ having a fit body. Luck? Uh-uh. No such luck, no magic โ€“ just sacrifice, commitment and prioritization.



Our Family Makes Fitness a Priority


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