My kids are older now, but I've always used my lunch hour at work to work out. It gets me away from my desk, and even if it's just going for a walk (quickly) or going to the gym in my building, I try to do something. Yes, I do eat and work afterwards, but at least I'm getting my workout in.
I take Justin, son who has CP and in a wheelchair, for a walk right after work as often as possible during the week...now that it's getting nice we'll be able to go outside but when it's been nasty we've been going to our local mall. If we don't do that I have a pilates machine that I get on later in the evening while he's enjoying something on TV. Weekends I walk with the dogs or we'll go for a family walk.
I work and have a 17 year-old. She's usually doing homework when I get home and so I walk in the house, up the stairs and change right into my sweats and either go back out to the lake to walk or to the living room to hit the treadmill.
I joined a gym near the office and workout during my lunch hour. On busy workdays, I head to the gym after dinner is made. Wish I could go in the morning, before the kids are up, but can never seem to drag myself out of bed that early.
Fitness Minutes: (560)
3/7/11 8:10 P
I find that I just have to get in and do it. I work from home when I finish I go for a 20 km ride with the family then I ride to the gym and my husband brings the kids home, I work out at the gym for an hour then come home to study. I have lots of support from my family and exercise is part of our lives. My husband and 10 daughter both competitively cycle therefore we have a lot of commitment for that in the family. My 11year old disabled son has learnt to ride now so we can go with the family and I'm not held back looking after his needs. I find I tedious however if I want to lose all my weight I have to put me first for a change.
Fitness Minutes: (5,178)
69 3/7/11 4:07 P
...i have learned i will always have more time to make excuses than i do to "work out"...truth is, i love working out though. but trying to stay on top of everything plus prioritizing an hour each day CAN be tough and i commend those who can do it regularly...i am working on this!
Fitness Minutes: (106,819)
3/6/11 7:43 A
Both of my kids are in school by now, so I work out while they're out of the house. When they were younger and not in school yet, I would work out during their nap time or my husband would watch them and I'd go to the gym. "Where there's a will, there's a way" is my opinion; even with young kids, you *can* squeeze in 15 min. of exercise here and there! You don't have to do 60 minutes in one stretch! ;-)
3/5/11 4:07 P
I used to think like you. and almost lasted it...by getting in to depression. $62 a month now seems nothing ,because while the kids are well taken for and having fun.I'm getting my steam out, taking shower and have a normal adult conversation.
I have NO family or relatives here,so I don't think 2 hours of me time is not selfish.
everything start from your state of mind. If you are happy everyone around you will be too.
This answer has changed for me over time because of my husband's schedule. When I first started out in losing weight, I exercised daily for 40 minutes. I would usually fit it in after dinner but before bedtime routine. However, now that a lot of my fitness requires me to be on a TM for longer...or just with the increase in activities (extra curricular for the kids)...it has gotten harder. I have days when I can fit it in while the kids are in school and my workload (work at home) isn't bad. Then days where I cannot exercise until the kids are in bed. Not as appealing. I just find the time where I can and sometimes have to just make myself get started and then I perk up. If I could get myself up earlier then that would probably be ideal.
3/5/11 7:40 A
I get up early and exercise before my day starts.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
196 3/4/11 12:45 P
I used to do it all at home after the boys were in bed, then I discovered they liked to do it with me, so I'd do some early afternoon with my youngest and then some after school with my older son. Once I found out my Jazzercise center had childcare, I just make an appt. with myself 4 days a week and take the boys with me if my hubby isn't home
I love how everyone says get them involved, make it fun... I know you guys are trying to be positive, but there seriously needs to be more time in the week. I wake at 4am to be ready and on time for work at 6am-4:30pm + 1-1.5 hr pickup sometimes longer from daycare with commute. I have 2 days during the week alone with my toddler. When she naps I usually catch up on housework, dishes, laundry, or shower. We are in mid winter in new york. I have little to no help from family. This is just the way it is, and no it is not "fun" when my toddler has a 30 minute scream/cry fest everytime I workout, and yes it does deter me. The Y is not an option due to costs. It is not about fun, this is about having to be selfish - and trying desperately to make family understand.
I have a 4 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. I work full time from 9-6 and am in school full time. So far I try to go on my lunch breaks but it is so hard because now I have to pick my son up from preschool. I have tried to work out early in the morning but I am so tired because I stay up so late doing homework. I have thought about going after work at 6 but then I would not get home until 7 and the kids would be getting ready for bed. I just feel so guilty about not spending time with them!
Fitness Minutes: (5,168)
27 1/6/11 12:13 P
I am a single mother of two I work from 7p till 4a before I go to bed I work out for about an hour then off to bed my children are all grown up however I have done this before when they was just babies like 2/5 when I do not have the energy to do anything I push myself to make it I have no excuses just the fact that I need to get in shape for me so that I can see my grandchildren grow up. All I have to say is this no matter what you should take the time to work out you have to put it as part of your life style you do not need a gym membership or equipment just the will everything else will fall in place I promise you that if you focus you will succeed
Fitness Minutes: (21,161)
1/6/11 11:10 A
I try my best to do some morning exercices, but lets face it I am not a morning person. I try my best to workout around sunset
Fitness Minutes: (18,038)
915 1/6/11 12:02 A
I have 4 kids (15,13,11 and 6) and work full-time, but all my hours are done in 3 days (3 16 hr shifts), those days I don't work out at all. My days off (M,W, Sat and Sun) if it is a school day I go after the kids are all at school. Saturday I usually go to one of the classes at the gym in the morning. Sunday I don't go to the gym unless I had to miss a day the week before. Just a day to relax after church...watch the game on TV and get ready for the upcoming week. Just have to figure out what works best for you.
I have 2 children, and a full time job. I get up at 4:45 am or 5:00 am to workout before my kids have to get up for school at 6.
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1 1/5/11 12:30 P
I have a gym membership and use the day care. I drop my boys off at school and we go straight to the gym. I've been doing this since my daughter was two weeks old. Before my daughter was born I went to the gym before the kids got up in the morning. Yes, I work(ed) but having time for me to work off the stress was best for me AND my children.
Don't lose the time being with you family! Rather, find a way to exercise and involve them also. For instance, when I get home from work I put on a Disney video that has all kinds of kid music and then my three year old and I dance around the living room for a half an hour. It gives me a work out and she loves dancing with Mommy! Cooking is tougher. I am happy if I can get some fruits and vegetables in my diet on a daily basis : )
I fit it in while I can. Last night I brought my laptop in the bathroom while my three year old was playing in the tub and did a ten boot camp workout. I also park as far away as I can at work and climb four flights of stairs in my building rather than taking the elevator. If I am making copies in the mailroom I march in place. If I am on the phone I stand up and pace. Anything I can to be active!
Fitness Minutes: (241)
3 1/5/11 9:58 A
Sometimes it really is hard to find a balance. I used to feel bad working all day then going to the gym. I felt like I was absent from my kids all the time. Thankfully I don't have to be at work until 9am, so I have decided to go to the gym before work.
I'm a homeschooling mother of 2, Ages 8 and 12 and it's been hard for me to find the time, but luckily for me my kids are older. I have them sit down with games, books or a movie so I can work out. My treadmill has built in workouts that only take 30 minutes. Yesterday we did the 10 minute BootCamp workout together. I guess my advice to you would be to get up before your 3yr old does or after they are in bed. Or both! Good luck!
Fitness Minutes: (57,683)
1/5/11 9:45 A
I get up very early and get it done! Once I am out of bed and actually done with the workout, I feel great and my day goes great!
Fitness Minutes: (2,801)
573 1/4/11 5:16 P
I've just started, so I'm committed to just 10 minutes a day. It's been working ok so far, but I wonder how I'll do when I increase the length of time.
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18 1/4/11 3:34 P
When the weather is good, I walk with, pull in the wagon, and chase my 4 year old around outside! Even for just a few minutes. In the winter, I need to get bundled up and do this, but haven't been so motivated this season!
Fitness Minutes: (55)
2 1/4/11 10:29 A
I'm struggling with the time crunch as well. I think the best thing to do is to start small. Try 10 minutes of cardio a day (or 3 times per week) as opposed to a huge 2 hour workout. Once that becomes a habit...see if you can make it 15 with 5 minutes of strength training and so on. I think we sometimes feel defeated when we can't squeeze in the big workouts, so we figure...why try? I struggle with this myself and sometimes give up before I even begin. But in actuality, some burn is better than none. Even imperfect exercise for a little bit of time blesses ourselves and our families. Also try some pick up sports with your kids...throw a frisbee...or play chase in the yard for even 15 minutes to get the heart pumping. Keep pressing forward. You'll figure it out...as will I. ;)
I'm a working 33 year old dad with a 1 year old boy and a wife who's teaching (brings work home too). I feel your pain. Something has to give in my life to make room for working out and when I do have free time, like after 8:00pm when the baby is asleep I have a chance to relax for a couple hours before going to sleep. Working out at night wires me up like a cup of coffee preventing me from sleeping properly. I'd have to work out in the morning.
It's no joke when folks say that this is a life style change because so much factors in and sacrifices have to be made to make time to eat healthy and exercise.
For example, if I continued my P90X work out and diet, I'd have to cook fresh every day 3 meals the way the guide says, then I'd have to find about 1 hour a day to work out, yoga is almost 2 hours including showering.
I read some posts, people waking up at 3:30am to get their work out in. Unbelievably strong and determined people. I've tried to do this and I really can't.
So what can I do, I don't want to lose the little time I have with my child and I've neglected my personal time with my wife since he was born. However I have to work out.
I'll let everyone know what I will do once I figure it out and do it for a month!
Today's date: 1-4-2011 8:02 AM EST
Edited by: TARGIT at: 1/4/2011 (08:05)
Fitness Minutes: (13,325)
30 1/3/11 10:28 P
I am a teacher and went back to work today after Christmas break. I was going to get up early and workout, but that didn't happen. I was so used to staying up late and sleeping in over break that I couldn't sleep last night so I was really tired when I woke up this morning. That shouldn't be an excuse, I know. Anyways, I went to work out tonight before my daughter fell asleep. I was on the treadmill for 2 minutes and stopped because I felt really guilty for not spending the time with her. If I wasn't working I don't think I would feel as bad, but now I feel like I have such little time with her. I did end up going back to the treadmill after she fell asleep, but not for as long as I would have liked.
either after my son goes to sleep or playing/dancing around w/ him!
1/1/11 6:05 P
Hi Janie I think you are exactly right. Make time for it and do not miss.
1/1/11 4:42 P
It's really (really frickin) hard as a working mom to find time to work out. I've learned to function on little sleep, so I get up at 3:30 and work out from 4:30 - 5:30 4 days a week before DH and DD wake up. Then I start my day. We don't have family anywhere near us and DH works 2 jobs so he isn't able to help with dinner, baths, dipe changes. I work through lunches quite a bit so there's no time for a quick work out at work. You just have to be headstrong and know you are doing it to be healthy for you and your family. Good luck to all us working Moms - we rock !
Fitness Minutes: (1,732)
243 12/30/10 11:11 P
I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. I attempted to go to the gym during the day but between two different nap schedules (the 4 month old's is unpredictable) and the fact that the daycare at the gym isn't good I just can't go anymore at that time. I now make sure the kids are in bed on time and go to the gym or work out on my treadmill at home. I may try workout videos at some point. Once my 4 month old starts to sleep through the night I'm going to try to wake up early to do something. Goodluck!
12/30/10 7:18 P
I have a 2 year old and 7 week baby. I do as much as I can with my toddler. A week ago I started the 30 Day Shred. It's only 25 minutes so we kinda do it together. I chase her up and down stairs, have dance parties, etc. Make play time as active as you can. I just started going back to the gym, but only make it twice a week. I know it's not enough, but it's the best I can do right now. I go early, before everyone is up.
When it isn't winter I bike and walk with them. I may have to learn how to love to run this summer so that I am active enough.
Fitness Minutes: (342,287)
15,577 12/30/10 5:57 P
You just turn it into a habit. Schedule it like an appointment you can't miss.
Thanks for the ideas! I started the wiu fit and ea active this week since I am off. I have had my son do it with me and that seems to help (he is 3). I just need to do this so bad and At times I get myself down! If other mommies can do this so can I!
Edited by: ADRKLI at: 12/30/2010 (08:05)
Fitness Minutes: (21,161)
12/29/10 5:29 P
I usually have busy days, so I exercise around sunset. It is quiet, and relaxing to do so.
Fitness Minutes: (185)
96 12/29/10 9:49 A
This is tough..I'm struggling myself. My DD is 2 in January. I'm already up at 5AM to get me & mine ready for work, drop my daughter at daycare and to work by 7:15AM. Get off at 4:15PM (God forbid I leave at 4PM and cheat the company out of 15 minutes). I'm usually home with toddler in tow by 5-5:15pm. I refuse to spend the 2.5-3 hours I do have with my daughter at the gym. That's a personal choice for me.
I'm back to a circuit training class at work that is at lunch Mon & Wed but that's about all I'm getting in right now.
Really my only time is after 8PM when my daughter goes down. Now that she is sleeping better I'm hoping to see my energy go back up so I can fit in 3 nights of running after DD goes to bed. If that doesn't work I may have to start doing it at lunch and accept the fact that I'll pretty much look like crap every afternoon at work. When the heat sets in this late Spring (central TX) I won't be able to do it at lunch but the nights are longer and really when summer hits the heat is so bad I can't run until after 7:30pm any way.
I'm thinking that if we get the car paid off early I may talk to my husband about buying a really good treadmill.
Fitness Minutes: (19,915)
2,615 12/29/10 8:25 A
I wake up at 5 am to get my exercising in during the week. Then try to do something with the kids during the weekend that gets my heart rate up
Fitness Minutes: (310)
2 12/28/10 10:29 P
I am in the same boat as you! I have two kids, one in preschool, one in elementary school. I work full time as an assistant teacher at the preschool my daughter attends. Right now, I get off of work at 3:30 and with traffic, home a little after 4. Luckily, my husband works nights and sleeps while we are all at school and work. So I can drop my daughter off at home and head to the gym. It's hard and I cannot wait until next year when she is off to kindergarten and I can go straight from work to the gym. Once I get home, it's so hard to leave the house because there is always something that needs to be done!
I'm struggling with this also. My daughters are 4 and 4 months. I work full time as does my husband. He is also the head girls basketball coach so from November - March he's pretty much gone. On Tuesday nights I pay a babysitter a couple of dollars to come over so I can go to Yoga and on Wednesday nights my husband watches the kids so I can go to aerobics. The other days of the week I'm going to start getting up at 5 (which I hate) but we have a small gym right next door which is free for employees in my company so I have no excuse not to use it.
It's never easy to find time to workout, regardless of what your reason is. My kids are 17 & 12. I get up at 5 in the morning to workout before it's time for them to get up for school, and to give myself time to before getting ready to work.
Other ideas for working out with a toddler: 1. Work-out during naptime 2. Make play dates with other moms that give each of you a chance for a break 3. Encourage your toddler to workout with you. When my daughter was 3, 4 and 5, she loved going to aerobics with me. We let her have her own step and she did the workout with all of us. Everyone enjoyed having her there!
Fitness Minutes: (45,551)
1,737 12/27/10 7:27 A
Its really hard. I have a 11yrs,3yrs old and 18 month, and thank God for a wonderful mother and a awesome husband. I work full time, and from work to the gym, not easy but I try.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
22 12/26/10 10:04 P
It's really hard for me, I work full time, go to college and have 4 kids (ages 11, 4, 1, and 2 months). Before I had my last baby, what I would do was get my kids from daycare when I got off work at 4:30, rush to get them home and fed in time to head back to the YMCA for my 6pm kickboxing class twice a week. Now what I plan on doing is pick a couple days a week and take a late lunch so I can leave work an hour early (3:30)and work out until time to pick the girls up from daycare (latest pick up is 6pm). I'll also start the kick boxing class again if they still offer it, but with a 2 month old and just starting back to work I haven't got into the workout groove just yet.
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