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I like the 10 min videos here on spark and my boys seem to like watching me do them I guess it's amusing !! and even when they do not want to behave or be nice.... 10 min in the play pin right next to me wont hurt them !!!!
After struggling for years at trying to find some time to workout, I finally nailed it! For the last year I've been a member of Workout Anytime. I work full time and I go to the gym during my lunch hour. I'm not able to put in a long workout but I definetely get some good work done there! On just Cardio days, I usually get 25 minutes on the cylce at 17mph ... so I'm doing around 6 miles if I recall correctly. That's not too bad! My twins will be 3 in October and I always say that I get my resting done when I go to work. There is definetely something to be said for controlling your on time.
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This is a great topic
My twins are 3 1/2yrs old I work part time outside the home Mon-Fri 8am-noon, my dh works shift work so it can be really hard to find the time to workout and by their bedtime I'm tired. We have a home wt machine I need to clean the clothes off it and start using it + dust off my workout dvd's.
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When your twins are little, it's just hard to find time. I am a stay at home mom, and when my twins were 18 months, it was all I could do to chase them around all day! I used nap time to do housework and clean up the messes they had made during the morning.
Like someone said before, it does get easier!! Just hang in there, and do what you can. My husband walks on his lunch hour. I also liked the idea of getting off the train/bus 1 stop early or incorporating more stairs into your day.
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Finding the time is a challenge that's for sure. I have a similar schedule up at 5am, work full time with an hour commute each way to work and don't arrive home until 5:30 - 6:00 pm each evening. The little ones go down to sleep at 7pm and by that time I am cleaning up and preparing food for the following day for the twins. I recently joined Curves near my office and work out M, W, and F. I am just starting out and I have been about to stick to this schedule for three weeks. I pack a lunch and then eat when I return to the office. On Tues and Thurs I run errands and pick up things that we need-groceries, diapers and more diapers. :) I tend to put everyone first and have found that I really need the time to myself to do something healthy. It makes me feel good and I feel like I have decreased my stress level. Good luck carving out the time and let us know how you were able to manage it!
My twins are 5 now and big sister's almost 9 and I can say that it (i.e., everything, esp. sleep) gets easier. But finding time to exercise is still a challenge, as I work FT outside the home and have a 1 hr commute each way.
I'm fortunate to be able to walk or do other excercise in the morning while my husband gives the kids breakfast. Historically, I haven't been a big morning person but recently, I've been grooving on getting up early to walk (before the heat kicks in) or do the elliptical, which we have at home. (And which I got on for the first time since the twins were born recently - yay for me!) I also wear a pedometer and try to weave extra walking and stairs into my day, e.g., getting on the train a stop past home and/or getting off a stop before the office, or combining w/errands at lunchtime.
I'm just now incorporating strength training into my routine and am finding lots of great resources for at-home workouts. In addition to the demos and videos on Spark, the RealAge site has some good ones, including these two:
Good luck and keep us posted!
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I'm having the same dilemma. I'm a single mom of 18 month old twins and I work full time outside the home. My day starts at 6 am and by the time I get home from work, get them fed, get everything cleaned up (including them), and have a little quality time for them, it's time for bed. If I'm lucky enough to get them to bed before 8, I sneak in a little workout time but with 2 teethers, those nights are few and far between. Weekends are a little easier to get exercise in, but not much. I guess we just need to work it in when we can and not be too hard on ourselves when we just can't do it. There are only so many hours in a day and so much we can do in them.
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Hi~ it sounds like you & I are quite similar in our busy lives. I wake at 5:30 & I also work FT out of the house. Girls go to bed around 8-8:15 p.m. and after they are in bed, I MAKE myself go out for a walk/run. It is about 30 minutes of me time almost every night.
I eat dinner with the girls and IF they are cooperating, I try to clean up the kitchen after dinner instead of waiting until they are in bed.
It has been really hard trying to fit everything in in a day but it can be done. I am lucky enough to have a DH who is home to be with the girls while I am out for my exercise and he also finishes up what needs to be done after the girls are in bed.
Have you thought about taking your girls for a walk in the evenings? Pushing a stroller ot pulling a wagon is a good workout too! Good luck & I hope you find the time for yourself.
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I'm sure other people have faced this problem and I'd love to know how you fit in exercise. I work full time, so I'm up at 5 AM, out of the house by 6 AM, and by the time I pick up the girls and return home it's anywhere between 6 PM and 7 PM. By the time they are settled in bed it's 8 PM and I still haven't eaten dinner and have things to do at that point. How have you fit in exercise? I have been able to successfully get up a few times before work to get on the treadmill, but that means I'm up at 4 AM and just can't do that every day. And I'd love to fit in strength training too somewhere. Before I got pregnant, I'd come home from work and run on the treadmill and do some strength training every day - I know there's no way I can fit both in but I'd love to give it a try.