When I'm healthy (I haven't been this past month ... but on my way to getting back to normal), I fit in exercise by doing the following: every time I have to use the bathroom at work I climb 2 sets of stairs before and after I go to the bathroom, I take a 30 min walk during lunch (as long as the weather isn't severe) and then I drive to my gym after work before picking up my daughter 2-3 days a week. The other days I workout at home after dinner.
Fitness Minutes: (183) Posts: 88 10/15/13 12:08 P
For a while, I was really good at working out 20 minutes per day. I figured it was better than nothing, and I could not make up an excuse to not get it done. On most days, I could find 20 minutes even if it meant getting up earlier, or going to bed later. Also, I would shoot for 5 days/wk. So if it just wasn't possible, that was okay sometimes. I have a very demanding child who always wants my time. So splitting it between him, keeping my house together, and working, is extremely difficult. But I'd remind him (and myself) that it was only 20 minutes and I had to have it, and then we could play. Hope something works for you! My workout was just in my home (treadmill and free weights).
I'm really fortunate to have a gym within walking distance of my work, so I go there for 30 minutes on my lunch break and eat my lunch with the rest of my 30 minutes. I know once I get home there is no chance for me to workout, once I get my kids in bed I am BEAT!
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 304 5/9/13 12:35 A
Working out at home, instead of going out to work out, is a wonderful example for her. There are plenty of exercise videos on here you could try and I bet she would join in. I can picture the awesome one on one time working out with your child. Plus, toddlers are hilarious at trying to copy what we do. Good times for sure.
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My Children are 3 and 5 (almost 6) and what i do is take them to the park and let them play, there is a big field behind the playground area so i take a mat, and i plan a workout that i can do over there. High intensity to make up for not using weights and i keep it at 20-30 minuets. Other days i just play at the park with them. Usually soccer or basketball, or i made this game where i run back and forth 5 yards or so and they try and tag me and i dodge them. Since i try to get them 60 minuets of play a day then i dont just sit around play on my phone.
I came to the conclusion for myself...that laying in a hospital bed at 45 or 50 after suffering a heart attack, looking at my kids and telling them. "I couldn't be healthy and live longer for you because I was too busy doing stuff for you." Just is not going to go over well.
I have the same problem with my kids. I feel guilty if I workout while I have them because they already get limited Daddy time. I rationalize that into, if working out makes me live an extra 20-30 years, that extra time will dwarf the 45 minutes a day they miss me while I'm working out. My kids certainly need my time, and one on one time, but they need me alive and healthy much more.
Awesome advice from others. Plenty you can do at home, with your daughter, in the form of workouts. Whatever it takes to get the ANY workout done, that's the most important thing.
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Mine are teens now but I've been at the fitness thing a long time. All I can say is that making time for your own fitness will make you a better mom. You will be a good example for your little one. Also, taking that time will make you more effective at work, calmer and more efficient around the house. Really. That extra energy and sense of inner peace is worth more then the guilt. Take an extra half hour for yourself. If you can walk on your lunch break at work you can do that. Sometimes take her to the playground and you can do step ups, pull ups and such while she is having fun. Invest in a bike seat for her. You can even do a workout in front of the TV with her "helping" by counting reps for you or adding resistance sometimes. There is no better investment in her health that you can make then to show her that being fit and strong is worth it.
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Fitness Minutes: (565) Posts: 12 1/7/12 2:34 A
does she ride a bike? maybe, she could ride & you could walk. Or you could just dance around the house with her for about 20 minutes, just put on music you like & dance, I bet she'd LOVE that! Just have fun! It doesn't HAVE to be anything special. Maybe, try some Zumba tapes, if you want something "organized" But, it's fun to get your kids involved too! It teaches them to love fitness @ a young age. My youngest used to watch me do yoga & think it was easy until he tried, then he'd come in when I'd be working out & try some of the poses! It was great!
I was JUST reading that toddlers need 90 fitness minutes, including playtime, here on SP! So, why not take walks with your daughter? or workout with her? My son & I used to take a walk in the evening together, well until he was in middle school, it was great one on one time & you'd be amazed at what you can talk about!
I work during the day and it is not feasible to workout in the morning. I have a 4yr old so when she was young it was easier and less guilt because i can put her in the stroller and go for a run/walk. Now she requires more "one on one" so i feel guilty if i have been at work all day then go work out. any tips
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