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ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (201,904)
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2/1/12 7:31 P

What I mean is, you do not have to be engaged with your child 24/7. Often my son plays independently in another room (he has done this since he was your son's age) and that gives me a large enough chunk of time to crank out a few sets of strength exercises.

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2/1/12 6:09 P

Thanks guys for the responses. My situation is a bit complicated. I live with my son and am single, his father does not participate in things. So yes, I literally do have him every waking moment (I take online classes so I avoid the expense of having a sitter). Anyway, I think I am going to try to do the DVDs when he sleeps and take him walking around the block. Also- that's good advice about splitting it up.. I was under the impression that you had to have it blocked together in order to maximize the workout. I had a gym membership a few months ago at the Y but it wasn't really convenient with my son because he would cry every time I left and then they would call me back to the nursery to get him.

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2/1/12 9:43 A


Is walking enough exercise ? There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. Yes, walking is absolutely fabulous cardiovascular exercise. But is it enough ? That answer depends on what your goals are. If your goals are to run a 26.2 mile marathon, then no... walking isn't enough. But if your goal is to become a bit healthier and a bit more active, then yes, walking is fantastic exercise.

There are tons of Spark moms and dads who manage to get in a workout each week. there are members with 6+ kids and still workout. it's just a matter of budgeting your time correctly. Don't assume you have to do 30 minutes at a time. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits.

How about doing some strength training exercises with resistance bands while the little one sleeps ? They've got to sleep at some point. Do you have a job ? if you go to work, you should get a lunch break. If so, take a 30 minute walk at lunch.

How about your hubby ? Why can't he watch the baby for a little while so that you can do a DVD workout or head to the gym. Have you checked out the fitness section ? Coach Nicole has a bunch of 10-15 minute workouts you can do at home. Do a couple of those while your child sleeps.

There really are lots of different ways to sneak in a workout.

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2/1/12 5:07 A

I have a 22 month old. You don't need to spend EVERY WAKING MOMENT with your kid. I do have a gym membership, but I didn't the first year of my son's life. I'd work out every morning before everyone else woke up. I have a top of the line running stroller, but I hated using it so much (have now learned to not hate it quite so much now) that I avoided it. These days, I take my son to gym daycare twice a week so I can lift weights, and I either run on my home treadmill or outside. Occasionally, I will do kettlebells or other short, intense weight circuits during the day, my son will grab the little 10 lb dumbbells or the kettlebells and try to follow along.

as for motivation, you need to have goals that are meaningful to what gets you out of bed in the morning..every single morning and then short term goals (a day to day plan) of things you plan to do to achieve those goals.

to summarize: you make time for what is important to you.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 2/1/2012 (10:05)
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1/31/12 11:56 P

I am with my 14 month son, all day everyday. I am trying to come up with ways to work out without investing in a gym membership. I have considering walking (while strolling him) around the neighborhood.. but is walking ACTUALLY effective exercise?? It's either that or workout DVDs when he is taking naps. I just don't know. Also- I have dedicated myself to diet changes and weight loss time and time again and after a few weeks I get off track and find it nearly impossible to get back on track and stay motivated. If anyone has any ideas that would help, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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