Making Time for Exercise

Making Time for Exercise Bipolar Mom Life{photo by my kids}

This is the fourth post of a 12-week series on How I Learned to Manage My Bipolar Illness by Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle.

Growing up, I was never much of an athlete. Sure, I took dance classes since age eight, and swam on the swim team in the summers. But I could never stretch as far or jump as high as my dancer friends, nor swim fast enough to win first or second place in swim meets. Still, my love of being part of a team led me to meet some of my closest and dearest friends during college when I joined the club water polo team. I may have only scored one or two goals during my entire four years of playing, but I scored big time with the friendships I made through the sport.

Active, but not committed

Despite an active lifestyle for much of my childhood and early adulthood, I never pushed my body to truly discover what it was capable of. The closest I came to this was my junior year of college when I added a weightlifting routine to my water polo practice schedule following the advice of our coach. That year I was in the best shape of my life, but I got bored easily and gave up on the weight training during the spring semester.

Before my bipolar illness emerged, I was putting in long hours at the office, but I’d still make time for the gym. My husband and I belonged to a Gold’s Gym right across the street from our townhouse, and we’d go together five to six times a week. The time I’d log on the elliptical machine kept me in decent shape, but I always felt like dragging myself to the gym was such a chore. I didn’t look forward to it, I felt self-conscious, and when we moved we didn’t rush to join another gym. In fact, we bought an elliptical machine to put in our basement so we’d have the convenience of working out at home.

I attended my first yoga class at that Gold’s Gym, the week after I was released from my first psychiatric hospitalization. Yoga was exactly what I needed at that moment. Yoga calmed me, taught me how to breathe, and how to appreciate the struggles of my life.

Fitness took a back-burner when babies arrived

When I got pregnant in 2008, I used pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted. I gained 43 pounds during my first pregnancy and on my small frame it was a lot for me to carry. The elliptical machine definitely was worth the investment, although it took me an entire year to lose the baby weight. I was more conscious of my eating during my second pregnancy in 2010, and took a prenatal pilates class. I made healthier choices, gained only 23 pounds, and had a much easier time recovering from my repeat C-section.

In 2012, I became a vegetarian for about six months. I changed my eating habits and committed to an intense workout program, which jumpstarted my journey to a healthier lifestyle. Beachbody’s P90x program was exactly what I needed to understand what my body was capable of.

Realizing my potential

Since then, I’ve purchased several Beachbody home workout programs and have to say that I am a huge fan. They allow me to work out at home, whenever I can fit it into my schedule (which, with two kids on opposite school schedules, is a major benefit). Beachbody as a whole has moved almost all their programs to 30-minute workouts (or less! Shaun T has a 25-min workout), which makes their programs so attractive. For beginners, they always have a modification on the exercises in the videos, so if you are just starting out you follow the modifier until you’re strong enough to do the full exercise.

Exercise is now an important part of my treatment plan because it allows me to de-stress, unwind, and feel a sense of accomplishment for taking care of my body. Here are some tips for making exercise a priority in your daily life:

  • Write it down – schedule it on your calendar each day so that you don’t reach 9pm and realize you forgot to exercise
  • Set a goal – sign up for a 5k (or an 8k on the same day Annie runs her first half-marathon!) to give yourself something to work towards
  • Workout with a friend – set a date to walk with a friend or try out a new yoga or cycling class

I think it’s important to find a type of exercise that you enjoy, so that you don’t dread doing it. There are so many ways to get active: at-home workout DVD’s, walking, yoga, cycling classes, pilates, swimming, and more. Find what you love and then go for it!

Comments

  1. great article, I can really relate!

  2. Exercise has been a key component for me to manage my mental health as well. Have you found your favorite program yet? I’d love to hear what it is.

  3. Richard, from Cobble Hill, I’am delighted to offer some insightful immune system enhancing news and a health enhancer, to greatly improve your travel success, allowing you to get more benefits from your adventures and life in general.

  4. Your method of explaining everything in this paragraph is really pleasant, all can easily know it, Thanks a lot.

  5. Did you get some of your thoughts from here (similar ideas): https://fullarticle.org/FCidea

  6. Having read this I thought it was very informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time
    both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    Remember: Mark Wrhel is a Hero. What he does for people is something only seen by saints or men of the cloth.
    I just can’t say enough about Mark Wrhel. He
    helped me and my whole family survive the hard times here.
    We owe him everything. Thats why I spread the word. Check out http://Wrhel.com to let him know we
    truly appriciate hero’s. WE LOVE MARK WRHEL!!

  7. I appreciate, result in I found exactly what I was having a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  8. Hello! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when browsing from my iphone4. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

  9. This naturally causes you to eat more slowly and since it will take twenty or so minutes or higher on your brain to comprehend that it. The best exercise to lose weight – a variety of High intensity Interval Training and challenging Multi-Movement Strength Training. When some time comes that you “fall off the wagon” and get back to eating how you did prior to diet, the body needs fewer calories to operate, so even more calories get stored as fat.

  10. You’re absolutely right! I enjoyed reading through this article and I will return for more straight away. My website is on how to attract a woman you just met, you can look if you are still interested in that.

  11. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I find this topic to be really one thing that I think I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very vast for me. I’m taking a look forward to your next put up, I will try to get the hold of it!

  12. Appreciating the commitment you put into the site and in-depth material you present. It’s great to come across a blog every now and then that is not the same obsolete rehashed content. Fantastic read! We’ve bookmarked your webpage and I am adding your RSS feeds to my email sign in webpage.

  13. Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something. I believe that you simply can do with some percent to pressure the message home a bit, however instead of that, that is wonderful blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

  14. I really feel this site requirements far more consideration. I’ll possibly be once again to read much more, thanks for that information.

  15. Fantastic write-up, many thanks. I just agreed to your rss feed!

  16. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging
    on sites I stumbleupon everyday. It will always be helpful to read articles from other writers and
    use a little something from their websites.

  17. I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your site?

  18. very nice post, i definitely really like this website, carry on it

  19. I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet visitors,
    its really really good paragraph on building up new blog.

  20. I could not resist commenting. Very well written!

  21. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was once a leisure
    account it. Look complex to far brought agreeable from you!
    However, how can we keep up a correspondence?

  22. Howdy I am so excited I found your blog, I really found you
    by error, while I was researching on Yahoo for something
    else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a marvelous post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the
    moment but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more,
    Please do keep up the excellent work.

  23. I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. This type of clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the excellent works guys I’ve you guys to my blogroll.

  24. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you may
    be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog
    and will often come back down the road. I want to encourage that you continue your great
    posts, have a nice day!

  25. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more
    enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a
    developer to create your theme? Exceptional work!

  26. Good replies in return of this matter with firm arguments
    and describing the whole thing concerning that.

  27. Hi! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I’m now not certain the place you’re getting your information, however good topic.
    I must spend a while learning more or working out more.
    Thanks for magnificent info I used to be on the lookout for this info for
    my mission.

  29. Can you tell us more about this? I’d like to find out
    more details.

  30. Thanks for the good writeup. It actually was a leisure account it.
    Glance complicated to far delivered agreeable from you!
    By the way, how could we communicate?

  31. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But
    he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on numerous websites for about a
    year and am concerned about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  32. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking
    and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates
    and will share this website with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

  33. When visiting blogs, i always look for a very nice content like yours ,  

  34. First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick
    question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

    I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like
    the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

  35. I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of
    it. I’ve got you book-marked to check out new things you post…

  36. Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through
    your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Thanks a ton!

  37. Heya! I realize this is kind of off-topic however I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a massive amount work? I’m completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

  38. This piece of writing will assist the internet people for building up new weblog or even a weblog from start to end.

  39. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

  40. Asking questions are genuinely pleasant thing if you
    are not understanding something fully, however this post provides nice understanding even.

  41. You are absolutely correct, I would love to find out even more on this particular subject! I’m also interested in recovery account since I think it really is quite cool lately. Keep it up!

  42. Whats up very cool web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing ..
    I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally?

    I am glad to seek out numerous helpful info here within the publish,
    we’d like develop extra techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

  43. I seriously love your site.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m
    trying to create my own personal website and would love to know where you got
    this from or what the theme is called. Thanks!

  44. This is a topic that is near to my heart… Thank you!
    Where are your contact details though?

  45. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
    on the video to make your point. You obviously know
    what youre talking about, why throw away your
    intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

  46. I constantly emailed this web site post page to all
    my friends, for the reason that if like to read it next my links will
    too.

  47. I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to achieve my goals. I certainly enjoy reading everything that is written on your blog.Keep the tips coming. I loved it!

  48. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later on. Many thanks

  49. Or how over some letterpress Phillies coasters!

  50. I do think, an attempt and even gaffe in their life it isn’t just not doing anything a good deal more glorious daily life, coupled with suggestive.

  51. You made some first rate points there. I seemed on the internet for the difficulty and found most people will go together with with your website.

  52. I was more than happy to find this net-site.I wanted to thanks in your time for this excellent read!! I definitely having fun with every little little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.

  53. We stumbled over here from a different page and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you.

    Look forward to checking out your web page for a second time.

  54. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I
    would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try
    to get the hang of it!

  55. Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how
    can i subscribe for a weblog site? The account aided me a
    applicable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your
    broadcast provided shiny clear idea

  56. Hello, its pleasant post concerning media print, we all be familiar with
    media is a impressive source of information.

  57. Very nice blog post. I definitely appreciate this site.
    Keep it up!

  58. very nice post, i surely really like this amazing site, persist with it

  59. It’s difficult to find experienced people in this particular subject,
    however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

  60. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal.
    I must say you have done a very good job with this. Also, the
    blog loads extremely quick for me on Firefox. Exceptional Blog!

  61. I blog often and I really appreciate your content. This great article has truly peaked my interest.

    I am going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new
    information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  62. I think this is among the most vital information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark
    on some general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D.

    Good job, cheers

  63. Sweet web site, super layout, very clean and apply friendly.

  64. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave
    it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the
    shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her
    ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I
    had to tell someone!

  65. I love reading an article that can make men and women think.

    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  66. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you
    happen to be a great author. I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back sometime soon. I want to encourage one to continue your great work, have a nice morning!

  67. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.

    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa?
    My site addresses a lot of the same topics as yours
    and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing
    from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  68. My relatives all the time say that I am wasting my time here
    at net, however I know I am getting knowledge everyday by reading such good articles
    or reviews.

  69. If some one needs expert view on the topic of blogging then i suggest him/her to visit this
    blog, Keep up the pleasant work.

  70. Many thanks for writing this, I saved the website. I am also in search of info on best coffee makers, are you aware exactly where I might discover a thing like that? I will return quickly!

  71. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to
    my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group.

    Talk soon!

  72. Whats up very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing ..
    I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also?

    I’m glad to find a lot of helpful info right here in the submit, we’d like develop extra techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .

  73. you are really a good webmaster. The website loading pace is
    incredible. It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.

    In addition, The contents are masterwork.
    you have done a excellent activity on this topic!

  74. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things
    or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this
    article. I wish to read more things about it!

  75. If you desire to grow your knowledge only keep visiting this site and be
    updated with the most recent news posted here.

  76. I felt amazing reading this info and I believe you’re entirely right. Inform me if perhaps you’re looking into today teer common number, that is my main competency. I hope to check back with you soon, be careful!

  77. I do not even understand how I finished up right
    here, however I assumed this put up was
    once good. I do not recognise who you’re but definitely you are going
    to a well-known blogger when you aren’t already. Cheers!

  78. You are so awesome! I don’t think I have read through anything
    like that before. So wonderful to discover another person with
    original thoughts on this issue. Really..

    many thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

  79. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of
    volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  80. I want to to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.

    I have you book marked to look at new stuff you post…

  81. Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
    It will always be helpful to read content from other authors and
    practice something from other sites.

  82. Hi there! This blog post could not be written any better! Looking through this
    article reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.
    I’ll send this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read.

    I appreciate you for sharing!

  83. For latest information you have to visit world wide web and on web I
    found this web page as a best website for newest updates.

  84. I really like the things you guys are up to. Such smart effort and reporting! Keep up the wonderful effort friends, I have you on our kik app download website.

  85. You are absolutely right and I agree with you. If you want, we can also chat regarding pc computers, something which intrigues me. Your website is certainly awesome, regards!

  86. This is actually intriguing, You’re a highly effective article writer. I have registered with your feed plus look forward to witnessing your personal phenomenal write-ups. Also, We have shared your webblog of our own web pages.

  87. This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a
    reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I
    was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!)
    Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

  88. You are absolutely correct. I loved reviewing this info and I will certainly get back for more as quickly as possible. My own site is on best desktop deals, you could take a glance if you’re interested in that.

  89. Thanks for finally talking about >Making Time
    for Exercise <Loved it!

  90. Hello to all, how is all, I think every one is getting
    more from this site, and your views are fastidious for new
    users.

  91. Hey I am so thrilled I found your blog page, I really found you by error, while I was
    looking on Google for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would
    just like to say many thanks for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to go through it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time
    I will be back to read much more, Please do keep
    up the awesome job.

  92. What’s up everyone, it’s my first visit at this web site, and article is in fact
    fruitful in favor of me, keep up posting such articles.

  93. If some one wants to be updated with hottest technologies after that he must be pay a
    visit this web page and be up to date everyday.

  94. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation concerning this piece
    of writing here at this blog, I have read all that, so at this time me also commenting here.

  95. At this time it seems like BlogEngine is the top blogging platform out
    there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your
    blog?

  96. continuously i used to read smaller posts that as well clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which I am reading here.

  97. It’s awesome to go to see this site and reading the views of all friends regarding this article, while I am also
    zealous of getting experience.

  98. Awesome, this is what I was looking for in bing

  99. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article
    or vice-versa? My blog covers a lot of the same topics as
    yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.

    If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  100. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation about this post at this
    place at this webpage, I have read all that, so now me also
    commenting at this place.

  101. Good blog you have here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days.
    I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  102. There’s certainly a great deal to find out about this subject.
    I like all of the points you made.

  103. Everyone loves it when folks get together and share opinions.
    Great site, stick with it!

  104. Very rapidly this site will be famous among all blog visitors, due to it’s nice
    articles or reviews

  105. I wanted to thank you for this good read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.

    I’ve got you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

  106. We’re a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with helpful info to paintings on. You’ve performed a formidable task and our entire neighborhood will probably be grateful to you.

  107. Good blog post. I certainly appreciate this site.
    Keep it up!

  108. Hello, You have done an admirable job. For certain I will surely digg it and personally propose to our friends. Most likely they should be benefited from this blog.

  109. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  110. I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my website :)

  111. If some one needs to be updated with most recent technologies then he
    must be go to see this website and be up to date all
    the time.

  112. Yes! Finally someone writes about social media
    techniques.

  113. Good day! This is my first reply on this site so I simply wanted to say a quick hello and tell you I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other websites which cover dental malpractice lawyers? I am also quite keen on this! Many thanks!

  114. WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for promote blood

  115. What’s up, I read your blogs like every week. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  116. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  117. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already
    ;) Cheers!

  118. I am really intrigued to discover what blog platform you are using? I am experiencing a few minor protection issues with our most recent blog regarding omega xl dosage so I’d love to find something more risk-free. Are there any recommendations?

  119. Your means of telling all in this post is genuinely pleasant, all can without difficulty be aware of it, Thanks a lot.|

  120. No matter if some one searches for his necessary
    thing, thus he/she wishes to be available that in detail, thus that
    thing is maintained over here.

  121. It’s awesome to go to see this website and reading the views of all mates concerning this post, while I am also keen of getting knowledge.|

  122. Have been taking little over a month.

  123. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too great. I actually like what you have acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.|

  124. Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  125. Excellent blog here! Also your site rather a lot up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  126. Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this
    board and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot.
    I am hoping to present something back and
    aid others like you helped me.

  127. I could not resist commenting. Well written!|

Trackbacks

  1. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on|Read More|Find More Infos here|There you will find 73174 more Infos|Informations on that Topic: bipolarmomlife.com/making-time-for-exercise/ […]

  2. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More here|Read More|Read More Infos here|There you can find 52185 additional Infos|Infos on that Topic: bipolarmomlife.com/making-time-for-exercise/ […]

Speak Your Mind

*