Friday, February 6, 2009

Sanity Found Through Exercise

What is it about exercise? I love it! When I am feeling the most down or depressed, if I start exercising, it usually goes away. Love those endorphines and blood rushing through my body! Always have, hopefully I always will! If I had my choice, I'd be out running 3-6 miles a day, but Logan winters and bad knees prevent that from happening. After my first marathon, my goal was to run at least one marathon a year, but my knees kill when I run now and that goal is no longer a possibility. I guess I am getting old! (If you've never run a marathon, do it! IT is the greatest high ever and a very spiritual experience. Seriously!!!) A couple of months ago, I knew I needed to lose baby weight and exercise for my happiness and that of my kids. Exercise brings me sanity! I was trying to think of a way I could. Walking with the kids isn't much exercise because Cadence gets in and out of the stroller often. Since we have downstairs tenants, I really don't want to do a home video (and Cadence probably would want the TV.) I didn't want to pay the expense of joining a gym that had childcare included. I thought 'If only there was a group of us mom's that could go to the church and exercise together while the kids play.' Well, thoughts were answered (I didn't get to praying about/for it yet). Melanie Kvardfordt volunteered to teach/lead an exercise class on Tuesday and Thursday at 9am at the church for the ladies and the kids can play around! Can you hear the choir of angels singing!!! What is not to love about that?

So every Tuesday and Thursday, I get Cooper dressed and drag Cadence out of bed (she is a little stubborn in the morning about waking up, getting dressed and letting me do her hair), and head over to the church for my sanity. I LOVE IT AND SO DO THE KIDS!
Cooper sits by me and eats toys.

I exercise.
Cadence exercises with me until she sees something fun the kids are doing and then she runs around in her footed pajamas with them. We do about a half hour of step aerobics and 20-30minutes of other conditioning likes abs, upper body, lower body, etc. This is such a blessing for me! Thanks Melanie. I'm grateful to be in a ward that has such useful and fun events. Does this not scream that the church is true?


Kristina P. said...

What a great idea for a playgroup!

And man, I am having the hardest time with my elliptical!

Tara Bergsjo said...

I use to do that in my old ward. Maybe I can make time and come!!

Annie said...

I'm totally jealous! Sounds like a perfect way to get exercise in!

Melissa and Kyle said...

About the marathon, I'm not a runner in the least, but my little brother is and he says the same things about running marathons! In his farewell talk for his mission he gave a whole analogy about running a marathon and then just threw in a "Everyone should run a marathon at least once".

Katey said...

That so awesome and fun. Look at the good stuff you are doing.

I aspire to run a marathon one day!

Ky and Brod said...

I didn't know you ran a marathon! Wow, that's awesome. I went running for the first time in a while the other day and got shin splints so I don't think I'll be doing that ever again. Maybe I'll come to this ward exercise activity!