Oh, the dreaded “E” word! With little kids at home, the last thing I want to think about is exercise, but I know that it’s one of the best things I can do for my family and I. The only problem is that it’s HARD to find time to exercise with kids. I have to admit that when I do have time, it’s usually sleep I think about and not exercise. However, I want to be able to be fit enough to play with my kids outside and watch them grow up, so it’s important to me to maintain a healthy diet and to exercise.
Does this mean that I enjoy exercising and wake up every morning looking forward it? No. All it means is that I try to get some exercise in each day…and some days that can be pretty darn hard. Complicating matters for me, right now, is that I just had a baby a little over a month ago. So, what was easy to do with my 4 year old isn’t as easy anymore because I’ve got a newborn to think about to.
You may be like me and realize the importance of exercise, but don’t quite know how to find the time to do it when you’ve got kids. Below are a few of the things I do that have really helped.
1. Invest in Mother’s Day Out. The first thing that I swear by are those Mother’s Day Out programs many churches offer. I take my little one (the baby…the 4 year old is in pre-K now) at least once a week, sometimes twice a week. That gives me six whole, uninterrupted hours to do what I want. Not only do I have time to exercise, but I also have time to go to the grocery store, have lunch with a friend and sometimes, I’m even able to take a nap!
2. Meet a Friend and Walk. This has actually been the most effective thing I’ve done since the baby was born because it keeps me motivated to get moving. I have reconnected with an old friend who has a baby that’s three weeks older than mine. We get together at least three times a week and go walking for at least an hour…with our babies in tow! The best thing about this type of exercise is that it’s with a friend so it doesn’t feel like exercise as we’re talking the whole time. Just today, we walked four miles. That would seem like a long walk if I was walking alone or on a treadmill.
3. Invest in a Good DVD Program. I want to get a membership to the gym, but right now with a child in pre-K and a newborn at home, that thought is a dream. So, to ensure I’m able to get a good workout at home, when it’s convenient for me, I’ve bought a good workout program on DVD. I’m actually considering getting a second one so I’m able to switch things up a bit. I don’t do the DVD workout every day, but I do make sure to do it at least three times a week. What I really like about the DVDs is that I can do it at home, by myself, whenever I want. Even if it’s at midnight when everyone else is in bed!