Finding Time to Exercise with Kids!

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week!

Yesterday I took the girls for a run in their stroller, which is something I haven’t done in ages. Being big 3 year olds they really don’t want to go in the stroller much. I like to walk everywhere rather than drive if I can so I take them for short walks quite frequently. However, running with them has become less common these days, they don’t enjoy it and having two complainers the whole run gets old. However, yesterday I took them up and down some hills and we haven’t been in ages so I think they enjoyed the novelty of it.

I’m realising that with each stage that they get to their routine obviously changes, but my exercise routine has to be re-worked. I’m still in the “teething” stages of this new stage. I’m trying to figure out the best time for me to get out and get some exercise most effectively. Night workouts have been a frequent feature since they were born, although lately with my anaemia I’ve been extra tired at night have been finding my motivation is really down at night. So I’m trying to figure out how I can regularly fit it into my day time schedule.

Next year in January or February they will be starting preschool two days a week and hopefully on those days it will be easier to get in a good workout session (depending on my work schedule). And of course I’m expecting big changes from them as they commence preschool with their confidence and independence so we will be back to re-working things again.

When I was a trainer I used to constantly talk to Mum’s and talk to them about how important “me time” and time out to exercise was. I still believe that, however, I now realise how hard it is for Mum’s. Taking an hour out of your day to workout doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you have to time it with little ones it can be a challenge. Not impossible just something that has to be worked out

I feel honestly though if you are consistent and motivated you will figure out how to workout and have some time to stay fit and healthy. You certainly have to be a lot more flexible and be including your kiddo in your session. Kids are very much naturally drawn to activity after all!

I know Mum’s are not the only ones who struggle with fitting it all in and finding time to exercise. People are just increasingly busy. So for all of you out there have you ever struggled to find the time? What are your tips and tricks for fitting it in?

Jess xoxoxox

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13 Responses to Finding Time to Exercise with Kids!

  1. I remember the double stroller days with my first two kids! Those were some of my toughest runs! In more recent years, I’ve taken them to a part with a track around it so that I can get in a few miles while they play. Always adjusting but always willing to make it work!
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    • That is a great idea taking them to a park with a track. We don’t have many tracks around here, although we do have lots of big parks, so it’s still no excuse really! I remember when I lived in California so many of the local High Schools had massive tracks, they would have been perfect. I think even at this age my girls would enjoy it.

  2. This is a great topic. When I had Gabe and Andrew as wee-ones I occasionally took them on walks with the double-stroller with other moms. Mostly, though, I just sat back and gained weight. There are many challenges to face working out and making time with teenagers ~ but moms who do it with children who still need so much HANDS ON help? Y’all are heroes to the rest of us, really.
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    • You are too sweet Stephanie!!! I’m impressed you’re running marathons with two teenage boys and full time work! Amazing! So you’re inspiring too! 🙂

  3. You are one AWESOME Momma! Before I became a stay @ home Mom, I found the best time to get in ME time was first thing in the morning before I headed to work. I’d get up at 4:45, head to the gym & then enjoy reading blogs while getting my breakfast together. It worked perfect for me.
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  4. You are an awesome mama. It is hard to juggle and figure out all the logistics of fitting a workout when you have kids! I’m lucky in that my husband and I both try to make sure that the other has time to work out. It’s easier now since both boys are at school all day and I can workout during the day. I try my best to fit it in and schedule it. If I don’t schedule it or at least have a plan for what I’m going to do, I can easily get derailed.
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  5. We have several women in my neighborhood that use running strollers!

    Patience Jess, it won’t be too long until your cuties will be able to ride bikes with you on your run!

  6. I am sure you will get good exercise sessions in on the days the girls are in pre-school and on the other days I bet you’re the sort of mum who gets HEAPS of incidental exercise in… playing in the park and keeping active in general. I follow a US blogger who constantly talks about how much of her exercise comes from playing with her daughter and they have very specific play sessions every day after school etc. She uses the monkey bars and equipment at the park to play along with her daughter. Plus her daughter rides a bike and she jogs along etc.

    WHEN i exercised regularly I was able to do so as I built it into part of my day. I worked full-time and quite long hours (plus the commute) so was out 12+hrs/day… so I went to the gym during my lunch break (to force myself to have a lunch break!). I had it scheduled into my diary like a work appt – including a 10min reminder that I needed to start finishing up what I was doing and prepare myself!
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