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It's hard when you have little ones, but it can be done. If you can get up at least 1/2 hr to 1 hr earlier or split your time 1/2 in the morning and after the little ones are in bed. You can also walk during your lunch time. That's what I do. Take a 10 minute break and walk around your building. Good luck on your weight loss journey.
When it is cold, walking indoors to a video is usually the best choice. It takes 45 minutes to an hour and usually isn't too hard to do.
In the warmer weather, it is a great thing to do with the kids in tow. They can walk (perhaps not as fast as you would like, but it is good for all of you) and you can talk about their day, your day, etc. It is a great time to have a captive audience and they will learn the value of activity early in life.
My grandson is 4 and he walks with his parents. He can walk 2-3 miles without too much difficulty. We have contests to find fire hydrants, birds, cats, dogs, lawn gnomes, etc. He will run ahead to the next brick outcropping and "scare" me. I live in the suburbs, so safety isn't a problem with that.
Make it a positive experience and they will look forward to it. You will also.
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my kids are ages 7 and 9 and i too hav a 40 hr work week.Its really hard too squeeze in exercise. When I'm in a good mood i wake up at four.Sometimes my kids and I will watch a movie while I stay on the treadmil. You still get a burnout just by tryin to put the kids to bed. My schedule all depends on them.
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First welcome to the team - we are so glad to have you here. I am a work from home mother to a 6-month-old, a 4-year-old and 14-year-old. Hubby works erratic hours. One of the things I do to get my walking in is try to do it when little ones are napping (I walk in my house - do the Wii Walk It Out game or Leslie Sansome Walk Away the Pounds DVDs). If kiddos are awake - then they walk with me. My 4 yro thinks it is fun to walk with mommy - and she will dance around the room etc. My son gets strapped to me (extra resistence) some days and other days he plays on the floor around me. I take the attitude that taking time for me to workout is helping to take care of my family.
"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers."
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Olympic Marathon Winner
My name is Beth, I am new here. I am wanting to start a new walking program, I have two small kids 5 & 7. I have a 40/hour a week job, and my husband works 2nd shift. So I am taking care of the kids of an evening by myself. How do you manage to get in a workout while taking care of your family as well? Any input would be wonderful.
Edited by: BDUKE7 at: 1/17/2011 (09:17)