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2/9/15 4:09 P

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I'm confused; if your daughters like going to the YMCA, why don't you work out there? The YMCA my mom works at doesn't allow you to just drop your kids off without them being in a program (afterschool, preschool, or summer camp), and you can't leave the property if your child is in the nursery. The rules are a little more lax for kids playing on Y sports teams, since there are carpool arrangements; the person designated to pick up your child must be on their emergency contact listed on the registration form and remain present on the property while the child is practicing or playing in a game.

If your teen is interested, maybe she'll join you in a group aerobics class like step or Zumba; I've seen lots of girls come to class with their moms at the YMCA where my mom works. When my sister and I were too young to ride bikes, my mom and her friends would walk together in the neighborhood. They'd strap us into jogging strollers (each friend had her own kids, around the same age as we were), and basically had a "mommy walking club". We graduated to riding bikes within visual contact when we were able; we had to double-back if we got to the end of a block.

I grew up in a pretty small town; my mom and dad would let us stay home alone when I turned 10 or 11 (sis was 8 or 9). We could call her at work or if she was at a friend's house if we needed her for some reason, and we knew not to answer the door while she and Dad were not home, and we had to wait for the answering machine to pick up before answering the phone (only if it was mom or dad).

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2/9/15 1:54 P

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If I don't want to include my 3 year old, then I exercise after she goes to bed. If I want to include her, I put on a video and she will try to join in until she gets bored. Then I make her in charge of an mp3 player and she gets to control our music while exercising. That seems to keep her interest while allowing me to finish up my workout.

We also do some dance parties in the living room. We put music on and dance together. I try to keep myself at a pace where I am getting a workout...and she thinks it is fun!

I try to go on walks with her, but she no longer wants to be in the stroller, so we go at a slow pace, so I don't count that as my exercise for the day...it's just bonus!

Edited by: SUNNYD76 at: 2/9/2015 (13:55)
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10/2/14 11:20 A

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I make my three year old play while I exercise on weekends if daddy isn't around to help (he works a lot) and she always has fun with that, and sometimes "joins" in and exercises too. During the week I get up at 5:15 to get moving so that daddy takes care of her in the mornings before he leaves for work. Then I take care of the rest of the things before I leave for work!!! If I have to squeeze it in any other time, I will go for a walk or run in the stroller, and all kinds of stuff.

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9/30/14 8:54 P

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I am fortunate enough to have a workplace with walking paths & a locker room, so I workout some at work, and some at home/on weekends (hats of to the hubby who takes the kids & makes dinner without complaint!).

That said, when we had the Y membership, I used it guilt-free. My almost-6 year old would ask to go with me so he could play there! The 2yo is still not so down with being left with people he doesn't know, but at least I could workout and take the older one off of DH's hands so he could start dinner with just the little one, which made it easier. I'm sure once he gets past that shy stage, he'd ask to go as well!

9/22/14 10:21 P

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I can sympathize...especially because I work full-time. I am lucky to have some flexibility in my workday and I have blocked myself out for the last hour of the day M,W, & F. This allows me to fit my workout in before I have to pick up my son from the sitters and it doesn't take away from that precious time I have with him before he goes to bed. That way, I have to fit in a workout on the weekend and I have hit my exercise goal for the week. Anything else is a bonus!

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9/10/14 11:39 P

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I just think about u need time to do stuff for yourself too

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9/10/14 11:37 P

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I ride bikes with my son and we go to the park its so much fun spending time with your kids

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9/3/14 1:08 P

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I have a 2 yo and she sleeps until 8:30-9am, so I get up at 6am and workout for 2 hours in our home gym

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8/29/14 12:26 P

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I am planning on starting a new exercise plan which involves running in the morning before all of my kids awake up for school. I also will incorporate strength exercising on certain days, and on days it is raining I have a ton of workout dvds or workout videos I enjoy on YouTube.

I have to make time for me. It is a priority....and before they wake is easiest (besides the waking up early part- all in time it will be easier!)

And also....early to bed...early to rise will be my motto!

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KATYSMOM26 Posts: 31
8/4/14 3:15 P

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I have 4 kids 7,5,3, and 16 months. They love music so we crank up the tunes and have a dance party in the living room. After about 30 minutes we are all hot and sweaty. a fun way to exercise with the kids.


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7/20/14 5:09 P

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I agree. Daycare can be a wonderful thing. In fact, when my bio-daughter was a newborn, I would sometimes hire a sitter just so I could do some chores in peace.

I will say that many ages can be difficult to fit in workouts around, depending on the kid. As a foster parent, there have been entire summers where my workouts have been derailed due to supervisory issues. We do have a treadmill, exercise bike, and dumbells, but I just can't get as excited about those as I can going for a long run OUTSIDE AND AWAY FROM THE HOUSE!

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7/15/14 11:47 A

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I have a one year old and since she's started walking, I've started turning on some music and we dance together. It's great quality time (I love watching her bounce around) and mama gets to burn some calories. As for the Y membership, I used to be a supervisor for my local Y's child watch. If your kid enjoys it, then take advantage of it! And if you're uncomfortable leaving your children with people you don't know just remember a) it's only for an hour b) you can check in anytime you want since you're still in the building c) the more you go, the more familiar you'll be with them. I'm still friends with many of the mothers who brought their children in regularly. It's great for everyone if you make it part of your routine.

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6/30/14 10:07 A

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We own a treadmill but since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago something always comes up the moment I try to get on it. I recently committed to a weigh loss challenge and I've started getting up and hitting the gym at 6 in the morning so my husband and daughter sleep through me being gone and getting the needed time in.

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6/23/14 7:54 P

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My 12 month old has never taken long naps which is wheni used to try to get my workout in. I have mommy guilt too so if he was awake and I wasn't at work then I feel I should be spending time with him. I am a teacher so now that school is out I get up early, which is still later than my normal work hours, and let my older son, who is almost 14 listen out for hi in case the baby wakes up while I am working out. I have had the conversation with myself about the guilt and the bigger picture benefits of exercise and I know it's the right thing. So far it is working out for everyone. I feel much better too.

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6/20/14 3:30 P

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Keep up the good work. You are a very good example for your children.

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6/17/14 2:00 P

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My daughter is 20m... I go for walks with her and we go to the park a lot. When I pop in my workout dvd sometime she joins in and other times she plays by herself. Never feel guilty about having a little you time.

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6/17/14 2:37 A

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My son and eldest daughter are 4 and (almost) 3. I have a recumbent bike here at home that I use when it is storming outside, but otherwise, my husband and I put the little ones in the jogging stroller and walk/jog to the park.
If it's a weekend, we walk to a park that's roughly 4.5 miles away. On weekdays, we jog to a park that is just a tad bit over 2 miles away. This way, I get my workout and my children get some much deserved outdoors time (which gets them nice and tired and completely ready for a nap right after they have had their lunch).

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6/4/14 6:59 A

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I completely lack the mommy guilt. I attribute it to being an only child and selfish to the core. My son has been in daycare since he was 3 weeks old and I have left him with various friends and childcare professionals with no guilt..If momma ain't happy, no one is happy!

it's not like I'm abandoning my son (although I'm sure some may think that way) - I spend plenty of time with him. But seriously, when has guilt ever been a positive thing? guilt is toxic - stop feeling guilty for taking time for yourself, because you are important, taking care of yourself should always come before taking care of others.

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6/3/14 10:59 A

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I have been thinking about getting a membership to the Y. Unfortunately, the closest one is a half an hour away and I have the same guilt over leaving my little boy with somebody that I don't know. In the mean time, I have been walking with him to the park and playing on all of the equipment with him.

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5/21/14 10:52 P

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I run around the neighborhood after my 18 mo old goes to bed and I try to be active with him as well. Before we go to school/work in the morning, we play in the yard for about 20 minutes - running, chasing balls, etc. sometimes its just about fitting movement into our routine - lots of dancing in the living room. Good luck!

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5/13/14 3:01 A

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I'm a fan of daycare to teach children social skills.
What about getting a running stroller and walking/jogging as your workout?

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5/8/14 4:22 P

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I hate leaving my kids with strangers and always feel guilty. Instead, we go on cycle rides (the kids cycle, I walk briskly behind), we go to the park, always walk to school, and once they are asleep, I stick an exercise DVD on the tv. On rainy days we do dance games on the Xbox together too. I want to teach my kids to be active and that means me being active with them while they are small. It's not easy, but hopefully we will all benefit as a family.

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4/21/14 11:06 A

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Forget the guilt! If you already have a membership and they enjoy going, use the Y! I know that personally, I'm a happier mommy when I get in good workout. It's often the only"me" time I get in a day, so I'm not going to let myself feel guilty about taking care of myself.

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4/20/14 11:18 P

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I also struggle to work out with my 2 year old boy and 6 year old daughter. Lately I have been just trying to incorporate exercise into play. Like kicking a ball around the yard with the kids, going for walks together or wrestling with them.

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4/20/14 9:32 P

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You have lots of options!

Drop the guilt.
Exercise before they get up.
Exercise after the toddlers are in bed.
Have the teens babysit the toddlers.

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4/20/14 9:02 P

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That, and teens that are able to eat whatever and have these tempting treats all over the place.

So parents...what do you do about exercise time without feeling guilty? We have a membership to the Y, but I feel awful dropping my girls there. They like it, have fun with the kids, and actually ask to go. But I feel selfish, especially when I don't want to take them swimming after. Advice??

Thanks :)

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