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Workout Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents

Exercising with Kids Brings Plenty of Possibilities


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    Good tips. It is SO hard to get fitness in when you're a SAHM! I now stay home with my VERY demanding 17 month old (I used to be the bread-winner & go to the gym during my lunchbreak). I just can't seem to workout when she is awake, she tugs on my pants, yanks my yoga mat out from under me, etc. I decided that I would make her naptime my workout time, instead of chores/reading time. I now get her involved with chore time and do my reading after she goes to bed. I think that people just have to get real what time they have, prioritize their health, and then find a way. I had to learn that I couldn't make time for 2 hour gym sessions, and that a spotless house is WAY less important than being fit! Now I just jam in a 30 minute cardio session and either 15-20 minutes of yoga or strength (and hopefully a quick shower), but I do it EVERY day and feel much better and less stressed or feeling guilty b/c I didn't go to the gym. I find it helps to get my workout clothes & shoes on & my video cued up before laying my daughter down for her nap, that way I'm ready to rock immediately and no precious nap time is wasted.
  • The email I got said "Tips for Busy Parents" and I believe these are appropriate tips, but when I opened the article the entire intro information regarded stay-at-home Moms. Found it disappointing and if I hadn't kept reading with an open mind would have been upset. I don't disagree that stay-at-home parenting is a career choice, but the email was mis-leading as to content and direction of the article.
  • Moms are raving about the new fitness dvd system, New Mommy Makeover. Check it out It even comes with a Nutritional Guide! They are giving away a free video of exercises you can do with your baby too!
    I was a stay at home mom to 3 kids all 1 year apart. Just chasing after them, specially when they all were toddling and running around was a workout in itself! Not to mention always having one on the hip.. It was both exhausting and exilarating at the same time.. My "baby fat" was gone within 2 months after each pregnancy.. Now that they're teenagers, I wish I had those crazy baby days back!!! lol
  • Another idea--I found other SAHMs to swap with--1 parent took all the kids, while the other went to the gym. Then, we switched! We also did this with grocery shopping--a real lifesaver for those bigger trips!
  • What do you do when there is no gym with child care facilities? I love going to the gym and the other suggestions do not appeal to me. Three years ago, we were members of a gym near our house with a kids club. My kids would motivate me to not skip a day at the gym because they loved going to the Kids Club and participating in the great activities - as well as interacting with the fabulous staff! Since we have moved to a small town, there is no facility with child care near us so it gets harder to exercise without worrying about my babies!
  • Take caution strapping the baby to you in a carrier. Walking is fine, but running can jar the baby. Some babies have suffered from a form of "shaken baby syndrome" due to this.
  • I love babywearing! There are so many amazing products out there for wearing your baby and even your toddler. I just bought a mei tai (slingsbysarah dot com) and I can use it for my 7 month old or my 3 year old. I end up pushing one in the stroller while carrying the other on my back, front, or side. Using a ring sling or wrap while doing things around the house is a great way to keep your baby happy during the day and get stuff done too. There are some great sites with information on the different product choices. I wish I had caught on to this concept much sooner, maybe I would have started losing all this baby weight from day one!
    I also participate in stroller strides classes and I love the way they make me feel after the workout. I feel encouraged to get fit for my family and I have a blast doing it. Most importantly I get to bond with my son and get in an awesome workout. We were on a pretty tight budget too when I joined, but once my husband saw how amazing the program was for my family we found ways to fit it in to the budget. I had to give up my coffee trips, but it is so worth it. Stroller Strides is the best thing that happened to my family!
  • Stroller Strides is another great stroller fitness option. I lost all my baby weight and then some taking these classes. I love what it has done for me and my family! The workout is fabulous, I have no guilt about not being with my children and I have met such a wonderful group of local moms. They are my support network now. Go to to find a class near won't be sorry!
  • I have a 9 month old and do childcare for children ages 11 years to 2 months and they all have me going crazy during the day. Once 5PM comes I would have dinner ready and the kids would leave. Now I have my husband get our son and I take one hour for myself before I cook. Works out great since I don't have to worry about keep a eye on six kids.
    This is a super article.....I actually found it easy to exercise when the kids were them it was play can do lots of ab work with a balance ball and a kid....just use your imagination :)
  • When my children were little I had a bike buggy on the back of my bike and I'd ride them around the neighborhood and they loved it. They'd even fall asleep sometimes!
  • Playgrounds are a great place for strength training... when the kids are old enough to sit in a swing by themselves or play on the monkey bars you can do lunges, pushups, squats, pull ups, you name it. And playing tag is a great cardio workout, especially as they get older (and faster) - and you're a hero to the other parents for playing with their kids too.

    We also have both the jogging stroller and bike trailer, both of which are fantastic and totally worth the investment. My son (now 4 yrs) looks forward to our weekly long runs with the group (including a friend w/ her 1 yr old) and it's such a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. I pack a snack, drink, and a book or his V-tech game and he's a happy camper. He even came with me on our 10 miler.

    No question - it's not easy... but it sure is worth it.
    I thought the article was creatively simple, yet gave the working moms real-life ideas of how to fit exercise into their day. I think it was well written.

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