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Why SAHMs Should Exercise πŸ’ƒπŸ’ͺπŸƒ

Several days ago I confessed to feeling bored and that, because I’m also a SAHM, this has triggered some sort of specific research into this notionΒ  of ‘housewife boredom’.

I’ve since discovered that housewives’ schedules run the gamut from not having enough time to even comb one’s hair to just twiddling thumbs until it’s time to prepare dinner o_O I found out as well that ‘housewife boredom’ also stems from a need to occupy time with something productive, challenging and self- nurturing ❀

Every housewife will have her own preferred solution to this predicament, but one that I (and obviously a lot of other health and wellness proponents) strongly recommend is ⭐ exercise ⭐ ❀

Exercise has given me a wealth of benefits, more so as a SAHM, and I cannot imagine life without it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Here are my reasons:

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  1. It gives you something to do ⭐

If the lack of structure and/or the abundance of idle time is the culprit, then establishing a regular exercise schedule is a life-saver.Β  This solution is furthermore scalable in terms of time, effort and interest required:Β  you can join a gym, take a walk, jump rope at home, do 15 minutes of flexibility stretches in your PJs or start with a plank for 1 minute each day if this is all you can do.

      2.  It releases feel-good endorphins ⭐

Being cooped up at home for most of the time and the lack of adult conversion can get us SAHMs into a funk o_O We therefore need a readily available source of feel-good hormones handy – exercise!Β  It’s not a secret how exercise can make you feel good.Β  Read more about this here, here and here.

      3.  It gives you confidence ⭐

While I exercise I am constantly reminded of how awesome the human body is πŸ™‚ I appreciate my body all the more when I notice it is responding to all that strength training I am doing (hello, toned midsection!), how much more flexible I have become and how much longer I can do dance fitness videos.

As you get better at your choice of physical activity, you come to appreciate your body more and more and cannot help but feel gratitude and pride for everything it is doing and can do for you.

At appearance level, exercise will make you walk taller and straighter as lethargy will no longer weigh you down. In its place will be ease of movement and vitality.Β  And that’s confidence boosting. And sexy! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

Β Β Β Β Β  4.Β  It is self-nurturing.

Exercise time is ‘your time’.Β  It turns the focus back on us, we’re doing something for ourselves that will enhance the quality of our lives and by association, our family’s too.Β  It takes away stress and anxiety and puts sparkle and energy in its place.Β  That’s exciting, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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It’s actually quite easy to establish an exercise routine once you’ve set your mind to it.Β  My tips are – find something that you enjoy doing, start small, and do it at the same time each day.

Know that in the beginning your old self will do everything it can to stop you from doing it, and it is very good at doing so! o_O o_O But just remember that a few days is all it takes to change your internal dialogue and just 3 weeks to establish the habit.Β  Before you know it, you’ll be signing up for an organized run, or a Zumba master class! πŸ™‚

Now log off and go! πŸ’ƒβ€οΈβ€πŸ’ƒ

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31 thoughts on “Why SAHMs Should Exercise πŸ’ƒπŸ’ͺπŸƒ

      1. you live in jakarta? I can recommend a teacher if you are interested. πŸ™‚ I don’t live in Jakarta, so I don’t have teacher here and tried to find online.

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      2. OOh I thought you live in Jakarta. No wonder you feel bored. πŸ˜‰ Zumba is high energetic, belly dancing is more art, sensual and lighter, it’s suitable for old mommy like me haha.

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  1. Sounds grand! I’m still trying to get myself the time out to do the exercises I want to do every day. I got homework from pilates but my bum hurt so much after those muscles were never used so I’ve been skipping the first two days… I should get off the internet and do the routine…^^ πŸ˜‰

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    1. Pilates is a great place to start! You’d think you’re doing simple exercises you can do with your eyes shut but wait till the next day and you’ll find out you’re sore in places you never even thought you could get sore! XD

      Do it already! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀

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  2. As a fellow SAHM, I definitely agree exercise is needed! I’m not sure we need it anymore or less that everyone else, but it is a great mind stimulator. Our brains work best when we are active and if we are feeling bored, this is a great way to get out of the rut. I love having my daughter do my workouts with me or have her involved in some way. She’s a great alternative to weights!

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