One of the biggest barriers to exercise for a lot of parents is a guilt that they are investing time in themselves when they should be at home with their kids or loved ones, looking after them or at least spending the time with them. Whilst this is very admirable, there are several ways to turn this type of barrier into a motivator that supersedes other short term motivators.
Firstly, encourage yourself to undertake a belief system or philosophy whereby performing exercise is seen as a service to yourself and your family so that you have the energy (short-term) and health (long-term) to serve and support them. Secondly, encouraging your family to undertake a philosophy where health should be a team event and that you can all do it together will not only positively impact your family’s life, but it will also help with the ebbs and flows of each individual’s motivation. It can be as simple as getting the kids on their bikes and putting the dog leash in your hand! This time spent not only together but undertaking positive and proactive behaviour serves as a wonderful example to your family, as well as giving you and your family opportunity to talk about your day or other important things. Watching and learning from Mum and Dad that take their health seriously will also encourage long-term behaviour change for the children and give them the skills and desire to lead a healthy lifestyle. It really is amazing that what follows is the kids grabbing their helmets every day (before you even have to say anything) and if you train them well enough – the dog grabbing it’s leash!