I definitely find it hard to work out with kids. I have a gym membership and it has a daycare in it where they will watch your kids for up to 1.5 hrs. while you work out. My problem is more the guilt that I feel associated with it. Working all day and not seeing them just to put them back in daycare so I can work out or leaving them with my husband (who I also haven't seen all day) so I can go workout. Meanwhile, dinner, bathtime, and bedtime are all needing to take place. See...guilt...ugh!!!
Fitness Minutes: (177)
9 11/6/12 5:51 P
I have found a park that has a trail that I can use for running while the kids play on the playground. The trail runs around a retention basin so I am able to see my kids the entire time I run and if something were to happen I can run across the retention basin to get to my child quickly.
The kids get out much needed energy and have a lot of fun, while I get in my exercise. It's a win-win for me.
(My kids are 8, 6, and 4.)
Fitness Minutes: (522)
36 10/31/12 6:52 A
Yes it's difficult but it doesn't stop me. I have adjusted my workouts to incorporate my kids. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Sometimes I do Zumba in my house and my kids will dance around and have fun with me. They don't do the moves right but they love the music. Sometimes during the workout I'll go off of what they are telling me to do and pick up my kids and dance with them or spin around or whatever. My one year old sometimes does it and other times sits in her bouncer and I will do my Zumba and make funny faces at her while I'm doing it and sing to her. I also found that if I break my workout into 2 seperate shorter times it works better. Another thing I do with mine is walk. I got a double stroller and I push them around whenever I am running or walking. The workout isn't just great on my legs, but my arms as well! Have you ever pushed 2 kids? It's a killer lol! :) Also, Wii's and Xbox connects have great workouts on them that kids can interact with as well. I've found that it is more difficult but I just need to change my workouts to incorporate my kids with it! :) I find I enjoy it much more with them than without them now :)
I have a 3 year old and an 8 week old. Two weeks ago I joined a gym that has child care for up to 2 hours a day. Whats great is that my 3 year old can also take classes there, like a kids yoga class called Lil Yogis! It gives me the time to work out and also for my 3 year old to burn off some energy and socialize! My 8 week old daughter gets LOTS of cuddles there becuase the teachers there LOVE babies :) My husband travels during the week so without the gym I am not sure I would be able to work out!!
Fitness Minutes: (37,642)
147 10/29/12 12:48 A
if hubby isn't home where I can go out for my exercise then I try to wait till after they go to bed or I will have them do it with me but I'm clear - if it's a run on the track then they know they can't stop me for a period of time but they are welcome to run next to me or play in the field till I'm done - they even get excited now when I don't hit traffic, I park at home and then run to daycare to pick them up and then we walk the mile home. Though I need to learn to find out what shoes they are wearing as the last time my 4yearold was wearing slip-on boots and had a hard time making it a whole mile!
Fitness Minutes: (96,040)
480 10/28/12 5:10 P
For me I'd decided that if I'm going to workout it will have to be early in the morning before anyone,even babies wake up. That time for me is 5:30am or 6am,either will do. So far si good and I call it me time. So since I get up so early that means I go to bed at 9pm or 9:30pm the latest. I know this must sound crazy,but it's the only way I can get a workout un 5 days a week and afterwards I feel energized and ready for the day!
Does it get any easier to find time to workout when your kids are older? I have an infant and a 2-year-old and endlessly struggle to find 20 minutes in the day! Just keep plugging away and looking for those windows of opportunity! Power to the parents of this world!!!!!!!!!!!!
amen! it is so tough to get in a good, sweaty, heart pumpin' workout with kids. I try to stay active by taking them on walks or to the playground. I really miss cardio classes and going for long runs though.
Fitness Minutes: (390)
5 10/18/12 1:51 P
I'm right with you! My husband works 12hr. Shifts so most days it's just me with a 21 month old and a 1 month old. I'm trying to get creative about how I can get some workout time and not be interrupted. I have been putting the baby in his swing and trying to get my toddler to do some of the moves with me. I would really like to go on some walk/runs but I'm not sure how with a 1 month old and no one here to watch him. My toddler would love to go with me but like I said its getting to chilly out to care the baby. Any ideas on or tips on run/walking with little ones?
I definitely had a hard time, especially when they were a little younger. My twins are now almost 7 and my toddler is 3 and I've basically trained all of them to give me a 30-min break a couple of times a week so I can exercise on the Wii Fit at home or come with me for a run/walk outside (weather permitting). I don't get as good a workout when they are with me, but I certainly have more fun and I love that they are learning good exercise habits from me! We also play various sports in our yard whenever the weather permits!
Fitness Minutes: (11,991)
88 10/1/12 9:14 A
I have a 4 and 6 year old boys. My husband and I have been taking them to the high school football field. The 6 year old and husband play football while I do sprints between the marked lines. The 4 year old runs with me and plays with the guys depending on the minute.....We are trying to make exercise part of their day. Hoping they don't find themselves needing to lose weight!
Fitness Minutes: (29,670)
2,330 10/1/12 8:21 A
Sometimes. I have a 2.5 year old daughter and 4 year old son but really I can't complain. They usually get along pretty well and will play together while I workout. Sometimes they join in, my fun workouts. They like trying to do this stretching routine in one of my workout videos because it's easy for them to do. They also try to do the dance moves in it (it's a cardio dance video) and they like the way the instructor talks so they mimic her. They will also sometimes try to do some of my ST routine. My son was trying to do a modified plank the other day, he actually didn't do too bad! lol
Fitness Minutes: (83,445)
12,335 9/27/12 11:42 P
My son would get in the way of my working out if he could. So I bypass it by working out before he wakes up, or by taking him to gym daycare, or putting him in the stroller for a run. Weekends my husband watches him while I run.
This is why I get up early to work out while they're sleeping. Sometimes the 3 year old still gets up pre or mid workout, and she can get in the way, but she mostly knows better. She's also gotten kicked/stepped on/whatever by accident when sneaking up out of my sight. If I tell her to sit until I'm finished, she's pretty good about it. She'll usually watch TV in my room while I finish up in the living room or sit on the couch and play if I'm in the basement. When she really wants to be in the LR with me, she's pretty good about sitting and waiting, although she does often ask me questions about what the teacher's name is (on a DVD) and who is in the "class". My dog can be a huge pain in the butt, too! He likes to get up in my face or circle around me sometimes!
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 10/1/2012 (08:28)
Fitness Minutes: (1,467)
12 9/19/12 8:07 P
YES! i was tyring to do yoga just today and while i was in a downward facing dog, my 2 yr old jumped on my back! Talk about putting the brakes on mommy's relaxation time! i have been trying to incorporate her into my workouts...running/walking while pushing her in stroller, dance parties, jump rope, and yoga. lol ( saw how that worked out today hahaha)
Fitness Minutes: (18,368)
1,615 9/19/12 7:18 P
They sure did. But they are all grown now and now I am getting back in shape. As I've said on many posts, kids come first. The thing is, that now in looking back, I know I could have done better at squeezing out some time for myself. But since I didn't, I pay for it now. I still don't regret the time and effort I put into the kids though.
Fitness Minutes: (10,771)
108 9/19/12 12:44 P
do you ever find it difficult to work out with little ones around? do they stop you from doing things?
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