One suggestion is to remind your friend that lots of low intensity activity really burns calories, too. When I babysit my 3 year old granddaughter I rarely ever sit down. I play as actively as possible and it is good for both of us.
Also, our YMCA includes up to 2 hours of child care per day, 5 days per week. My granddaughter enjoys it; the caregivers seem really good. So I get my strength training done in the gym whether I have her or not. Sometimes I do cardio at the gym, too. Maybe she could get child care at a gym.
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Her page is set to private, so I can't directly offer any suggestions, but please pass along anything you feel might be useful to her!
I have 5 kids and have struggled with this as well. Throughout this summer, I have made it a point to get up before the kids and workout before I fix them breakfast in the morning.
If I don't get my workout done in the morning, sometimes I will have dh take the kids so I can get it done without distractions. This doesn't always work, as they will walk right past him to come ask me something, but I have started reminding them that he is there and I am busy.
When my kids were little, I would put them in the stroller and go for a walk. I used to take them to the park and walk laps around the playground while they played. They were always in my sight, and I could get a nice walk in. Or when they were napping (though they didn't nap much), I would either do a workout video or take the monitor outside so I'd hear if they woke up and do laps around the house, jump rope, etc.
I also have tried to find active things to do with them. We go swimming, bowling, and skating, take walks together and play tennis. They all play soccer, so I play in the yard with them. They have helped with our garden and help me with pulling weeds, harvesting tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, etc.
It is difficult to make that time for yourself, especially at first. Everyone will be happier, though, if she can make herself a priority as well.
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