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Balancing Work children and trying to get in some excersise

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How does everyone do it? I work a full time job, come home make dinner, do homework....It is hard to arrange time in all of that to get exercise. I have been walking a lot with my kids and that has helped, but Im at the point where I need to do more, but I feel like if I leave the kids behind then they are missing out on time with mom....On the other hand if I take them I know Im not getting the workout that I need. My only options are from about 10:30 at night to 5:00 AM???? I have also thought about joining a gym with a child center so they get to have fun while mom is working out but the closest one to us is at least a 20 min drive so now we are spending an hour on a commute as well.....Guess I will keep walking for now.
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  • KA_JUN
    Your idea of possibly joining a gym with childcare is good, as is involving them by going outside for hikes/riding bikes/etc. Every minute counts, so if you have to do it early or a little bit later, even if it's a 20 minute session, it's something you're doing for your own fitness/health that will help you be a better parent, too.

    Lately, the DW and I have been going to the community center weight room (free), one of us goes while the other stays with the kiddos, then the other one goes. If you know other similar minded parents, maybe you could arrange a childcare share type thing?

    Make it a priority, you won't regret the positive effects on your life! emoticon
    2109 days ago
  • no profile photo NEW_OLD_ERIN
    Dee's suggestion is great. Also, how about doing some active things with your kids? It's a win-win-win:

    1. You get movement in.
    2. You keep your kids active.
    3. You're setting a good example for your kids because they see what you're doing.

    EDIT: A 4th win -- you kids get more quality time with Mom!

    I don't know how old your kids are, but they could be a great support system/motivators, too.

    2109 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2013 6:09:46 PM

    I am a widow raising two daughters that both have ADHD and PTSD. I work full time, and have to do work at home once off work. I get an hour for lunch, and have been walking at lunch during that hour. I drink a lot of water before I go for the walk, and eat lunch at my desk when I get back. I hope this helps.

    2110 days ago
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