1. To provide good example for Luke. I want Luke to grow up seeing exercise as part of a normal day and part of a healthy life. And that it can be something that you truly enjoy. Just how I feel about running and BODYPUMP.
2. More energy when I work out. And that translates to more enjoyable time with Luke. If I didn’t have that energy, there is no way that I would be able to keep up with Luke. . . he is everywhere these days!
3. It makes me happier. To quote one of my favorite movies. . .
“Exercise gives you endorphins–endorphins make people happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands… they just don’t.”
Can you name that movie? Here’s a hint. . .
4. Bonding time outside (during much warmer months!). It’s just me and Luke (sometimes Scott and Abby too) outside for a run after work. It’s our time to hang out together. We point at trees and cars and trucks. He eats a snack and gets some fresh air. We both come back feeling better, ready for dinner and bedtime.
5. Keeps me healthy so I can be around longer to enjoy my grandkids –> I already think he is growing up way too fast, and so of course I am thinking about when he leaves for college and eventually gets married and has grandkids (which according to my mother are so much better than kids. . .) and I want to make sure that I am around to enjoy them and be able to keep up with them too.
6. Decreased stress and helps me figure things out. Remember my Dad’s rule about running?
–> if you need to figure something out, it doesn’t matter what it is, just go for a run, and it will help. I find this to be always true. . . and when I come back after a run, I am in a much better place to spend time with Luke and enjoying sitting on the floor reading books or chasing him around the house. .. without having what I am worried or thinking about getting in the way of just enjoying time being Luke’s Mom.
Which is what it is all about!!