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SHELLSPACE SparkPoints: (7,059)
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6/1/13 12:24 P

I have the same problem. My son is 10 but such a couch potato no matter what I am doing. And he is HF autistic and up at the crack of dawn ( 5:30 usually). So getting up earlier really doesn't work. During the school year I don't have the problem but the summer is going to be very challenging! I exercise at wor on break and after he goes to bed ( usually yoga). It isn't easy!

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,129
5/30/13 9:46 A

besides getting outside and doing stuff with your boys on the weekends, like hiking, swimming, playing games etc. how about WII games or dance video games?

5/30/13 9:20 A

I would advise to buy a DVD of walk away ythe pounds.
Its easy and your kids could jump in if they'd like.
Also, maybe you could just getup twenty minutes earlier and do the prog.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
5/30/13 9:11 A

You have 12 Minutes? You have time to exercise.

CHELEPENA Posts: 185
5/30/13 5:09 A

I long for the days when I had time to exercise at will....nowadays it seems that I have good intentions and then BAM....something comes up and then I am no longer able to. I need that to change and soon....very soon!

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (89,153)
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5/30/13 4:13 A

I had to cancel my gym membership over year ago after going back to work after maternity leave. I didn't want to do it as i liked classes but i couldn't find the time. After coming home and cooking dinner, feeding my little man + some house work exercising was last thing i wanted to do. So i started getting up earlier. I go for a run 3 times a week and i do my Dvds 2 days. I know getting up at 4.25 sometimes does not feel very nice. But I feel great afterwards.

TAMMYS128 Posts: 62
5/30/13 12:12 A

I also decided that going to the gym was not for me - I'd almost always find an excuse not to go, whether it was a long hard day at work (it usually is!) or other stresses from daily life that I would somehow spin into a big excuse not to show up at the gym.

I finally realized that for me the thing that fits my lifestyle best is to wake up an hour earlier and work out before I go to work. And this has totally changed everything! By the time I'm done with my workout I feel so energized, I have time to make myself a real breakfast and pack my lunch and snacks for work. My day is often a lot more bearable as well. Ironically, the stresses that used to make me not want to go to the gym have now disappeared and I could potentially go to the gym after work now if I still had my membership!

It's much cheaper as well - I go for a run 3-4 times a week, and alternate that with yoga to stretch out my muscles on the remaining days, so that I don't experience soreness etc.

I don't know how practical it would be to do that when you have 2 kids, but it might be do-able!

Alternatively, you could do regular activities with your boys like putting up a basketball hoop somewhere outside your house and playing with them a few times a week! That way you can have even more quality time with them - and possibly learn a new sport!!

Whatever you decide, it should be something that is easily accessible to you - you don't need to add more stress to your life by thinking about gyms and coaches and all that! Good luck :-)

BEEZAUR SparkPoints: (525)
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5/29/13 11:36 P

Maybe this is way off the mark, but . . . martial arts?

I am totally anti-contact, but was looking into some martial arts-type exercise before I was badly injured cycling last year. I'm looking into it again. My understanding is that it is a nearly ideal balanced fitness regime: flexibility, strength, aerobic, balance, etc.

There is a spectrum of things that can be done, from competition-geared sports to nearly meditative private workouts.

It's the "2 boys" part that made me think of that. Having been a boy myself once . . .

Edited by: BEEZAUR at: 5/29/2013 (23:47)
JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
5/29/13 5:07 P

Can you bring them to a field or track and let them run around in the middle while you walk or run the exterior? Or take walks with them. The speed isn't as important as the just go their pace and see if you can do a mile or two a day.

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,612)
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5/29/13 4:28 P

Bike riding, rollerblading, basketball, soccer, etc. So many fun things that I'm sure your boys would love to do that would get the whole family active! :)

5/29/13 3:31 P

I am a single mom to 2 boys and work a full time job, 8-5....the problem is that I am having a hard time fitting in time for exercise in my daily schedule. I have tried working out at the gym, but decided I was wasting my money because I dont ever have the time to go. I would like some ideas to incorporate my kids in my fitness plan...any suggestions??

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