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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (186,804)
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10/25/12 8:53 P

I know exactly what you mean! (and I have teens!) emoticon
It is also the reason I have not been able to do anything with the wide assortment of Spark exercise videos.
-- The few times I've tried my strength training at home, it seems like one interruption after another! I HAVE to do it at the gym most times in order to get a decent workout. I decided that is my appointment for health & wellness!

Good luck as you figure it out! It isn't easy. -- Hats off to you for recognizing the need and making the effort.

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10/25/12 5:57 P

I dont work out at home! I work out at a gym with a daycare in it! I couldn't do it. So kudos for trying! Hope you get the help you need soon!

10/25/12 1:08 A

It is tough with kids, my girls like to sometimes try and do my DVD workouts with me, a few times I have had to kick them out of the room because I can't stop to give pointers on how to do things and I don't want them getting hurt for doing to wrong, and with the fact I do Jillian Micheal's workouts there is a chance they can get hurt. I have just started working out again, so they just play in their rooms when I am on my elliptical.

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10/24/12 10:44 P

I have a 4 year old with Autism and I can't keep him out of the living room. I have instead included him in the exercise - and he imitates me. If he doesn't want to do it with me, he knows he has an option to go to the bedroom and play with his toys. Hope that helps! :)

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10/24/12 6:53 P

I either do it before my son (2.5) wakes up, or I use the running stroller (rare) or gym daycare.

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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
10/24/12 6:19 P

My dd is 12 now. She sits on the sofa and listens to music or plays with her hand held video game while I exercise if she has to be in the room. I could exercise before she wakes up in the morning but I don't. I feel comfortable telling her to get out of the way or go do something else if she is in the way. I even make the 2 dogs sit on the sofa or leave the room.

When dd was 4 or 5 I wasn't really carving out an hour for exercise like I am now but I did start the concept of telling dd I needed some alone time and setting a timer so dd would know when she could hang out with me again.

Maybe 1 hour exercise session is too long to expect them to leave you alone right away and you need to shoot for 30 minutes until they get it.

I would choose an exercise spot. I would not let them chase you from the room during your exercise time. I would make some firm rules about where they can be while you exercise and set a timer so they know when you will be done. Maybe there could also be a toy/activity that only comes out for them to play with in the other room while you exercise. Maybe if they don't interrupt your exercise they could get a sticker- to have or to add to a sticker chart.

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10/24/12 5:43 P

My daughter is 2.5 yrs old and my son is 4 yrs old. I don't exercise before they get up because I usually stay up until 11pm. My husband doesn't get home until 6:30pm and by the time we get all our chores done in the evening; dinner, making lunches, shower, baths, getting the kids ready for bed and of course he likes to spend a little daddy time with the kids. We like to spend a few hours together "us time" before bed. So I wind up staying up until 11pm. My son usually wakes me up between 5:30am-6am anyways, early riser.

So basically, the only time I have to workout is when they're awake or after I get my son to school. I use the livingroom, most of their toys are in the bedroom and I just tell them that I need the space to workout. They used to put up a bit of a fuss about it, especially if they were watching some morning cartoons but eventually they just got used to the routine. Now all I have to do is start setting up the livingroom for my workout (moving the coffee table out of the way and plugging my laptop into the TV) it's like a flaming miracle! They just wander off to play in their rooms together. When it's just my daughter here she'll hang out with me off and on and watch, sitting on the livingroom chair. Sometimes she'll bring a few toys out and sit there and play or she'll play in her room with toys. I've had to remind her a few times that she needs to give me space because I might "fall down on her" or "step on her" but she knows now.

I think they're just used to the routine now and know that I need that space.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/24/2012 (17:46)

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10/24/12 5:11 P

My daughter was able to exercise at home after her kids were born. Note that she had three girls, quite a bit less rambunctious little ones than boys! During their nap time she would get one hour yoga workout at home. As more kids came along she put them in front of "Baby Einstein" which would put them to sleep at nap time. It changed when they were ages 2,4 and 6. She declared a space for "mommy" and put a piece of blue tape around it. That was her space and they were not allowed inside that blue tape area. As the kids grew, she put on a movie for them to watch (they had no television programming in their home). The type of movies changed as the kids grew. The kids had the rest of the house and she had her space for a very intense Yoga workout.

The three are now ages 9,11, and 13, and she continues with her 1-2 hour yoga workout at home. The kids are not allowed to interrupt her unless in the case of blood or fire. The kids entertain themselves elsewhere.

She has since purchased "silks" and is now an aerial dancer. The beginnings of this was intense yoga workout at home with the kids!

I hope this helps someone.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,770
10/24/12 3:34 P

My kids are 11 and 3. Obviously, the 11 year old is pretty easy. The 3 year old is a bit harder. But, I've got her fairly well "trained". I get up before they do each weekday to get in my workouts. On the days (about once a week,s ometimes more, sometimes less) that my 3 year old wakes up before I'm done, she knows that mommy is working out, and she just has to deal. She may watch a show in my bedroom while I'm working out, or she may run around me. But, after a few times of accidentally getting kicked or smacked when walking around mommy trying to do cardio (or me tripping trying to avoid her), she's learned that if she wants to bein the same room, she sits on the couch or, at the very least, stays out of my way. If I have to be in the basement (doing ST or using the treadmill) she knows she HAS to stay on the futon for safety and plays until I'm done. I've just tried to ingrain it in her over and over and over that she will get her snack, dressed, cuddles, etc. once mommy time is over, and, for the most part, she accepts that. But, luckily, she's usually still asleep and it's not a huge issue. Now, my dog, ont he other hand, he can't leave me alone, especially when I'm doing floor work! ;)

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10/24/12 1:44 P

Both my children are in school, so as soon as they get on the school bus I go for a walk, then come home and do stretching/flexibility, more cardio, or strength training.

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,345
10/24/12 1:40 P

I have 3 kids: 13 months, 3 and 5. I exercise before they get up in the morning, because otherwise, there's no way I could do it when they are running around. Besides, I like the "me" time.

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10/24/12 1:38 P

Can you promise them a treat when you're done?

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10/24/12 12:17 P

It's usually inevitable that when I set the computer down on the kitchen table, my kids come running and HAVE to play in the kitchen on the floor. They sensed impending exercise routine.

"I've given you the whole livingroom!" I say.
"But our trains run better in here!" they argue.
"Fine. Then I'll go to the livingroom..."
"Wait, now I need to watch a show!!!"


How do you exercise with kids?! I have three ages 5, 4, and 23 months. I exercise when the 23 month old is napping between noon and 1. That just leaves the autistic 4 year old and my goofy 5 year old! How do you guys exercise around your kids? My Go-To exercise videos are Cardio Kickboxing, and Jumping (I do Coach NIcole's Jumprope workout with weights instead of a jumprope).

NOTE: We go yoga together in the early mornings to get my 4 year old limbered up, since he also has cerebral palsy. We call this our together exercise time.

How do you entertain your kids while you exercise?

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