Today I took the baby and the pup out for a nice walk. My muscles were pretty burnt out so I know if I did another strength workout it might be too much. Walking is the perfect exercise for the day after a tough workout, it helps stretch tight muscles, clear the lactic acid out of your system (that is what causes muscle soreness) and helps prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), you know that feeling when you wake up two days after your workout and can’t move? Yeah…that’s DOMS. Along with all the other health benefits of cardio exercise I really just like to walk to explore our city. I moved to Santa Barbara two years ago, and I have to say I haven’t really been taking advantage of just how great it is here! When I first moved I was slightly reluctant and didn’t think I would ever feel at home. Now that I have made some friends, got used to a new gym, know people around town, it’s really feeling more like home everyday! I’ve decided that since the baby loves the stroller and our dog is getting bigger so he needs his walk everyday we are going to try to venture out and try new places instead of just around the neighborhood! Today we hit up Shoreline park. This is the perfect place to workout by the way, lush green grass, amazing views, stairs and a jungle gym… What more do you need?! We did an hour power walk, I took the stroller instead of my tula this time, and made sure we stopped occasionally to take in the breathtaking scenery. When we got home we all crashed, dog included, for a nice afternoon nap. It was really nice to have an hour of uninterrupted time, yes I had the dog and baby in tow but they were quiet, I silenced my phone and just took it all in.
I feel this is when I get my best thinking done, I can really refocus on what I want to do with the rest of my day, week, year and feel less like a chicken running around with their head cut off. I have a tendency to always take on a little too much, I’ve gotten used to having multiple jobs at the same time as going to school and having an active social life. Now that I’m a mom I have to fight that urge to want to do it all. I can’t say yes to every social event we are invited to and I can no longer take on that 3rd job because ‘they really needed me!’ I count being a mom job #1 by the way, I’ve never had a job with so much responsibility! I find it’s when I take the time to really dial in on what makes me happy. When I focus on doing my best at that I end up feeling more fulfilled than ever. I read a great quote today, I’ll share it below! So now, where should we walk next?! I’m thinking its time to go hiking again…maybe bring my husband along this time!
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