Mom Talk – Exercise Time?

Post by Jessica R.

My goals are simple – exercise 30 minutes a day, every day. Simple in theory, apparently impossible in reality. In order to be able to achieve those goals many stars have to align and in the last three months or so they haven’t aligned once. To be fair, I wouldn’t care much, but I can’t seem to fit into my jeans any more and my wardrobe is becoming more and more limited by the day.

It’s not my fault, really. I keep trying to exercise, but my children are determined to keep me nice and squishy. Especially around the middle.

Whenever I try to so sit ups or push-ups they can’t think of anything better to do that sit on me and keep me pinned to the ground.

When I try to lift weights they try to lift weights, and drop them on their tiny toes, resulting on ten minutes spent looking for the icepack rather than building up a little muscle.

When I try to do a workout video they want to join in, trip, fall, hurt themselves, and again we spend the time hunting down errant ice packs.

And when I decide to foil their plans and set my alarm for 6 am so I can go for a run before they even wake up, they find a way to be up all night, making sure that when that alarm rings at 6 I laugh at it, turn it off and go back to sleep for a precious few minutes.

I can’t win. Short of buying a few more ice packs and dancing around the kitchen like a maniac while I make dinner, I’m at a loss.

Help a busy working mama out. How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule?

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8 Responses

  1. I have a gym with a daycare and it is my saving grace. My girl loves to “play with her friends” and I love the “me” time. Shhhhh, I’ve been known to just sit in the locker room with my iphone for a loooooooong time.

  2. Ali says:

    I go to a stroller fitness class twice a week with the baby, otherwise I workout on the weekends and have Dad watch her while I exercise. I have also tried the wakeup at 6 am to work out before she gets up idea but I find it’s those mornings that she decides she is going to wake up early too and I never get to finish exercising.

  3. Myrna says:

    I have two sons, ages 4 and 1. My youngest only takes one nap a day, usually in the early afternoon for about 2-3 hours. As you mentioned, the starts have to align, but I time it just so that when the baby goes down for his nap, my oldest son and I retreat to our finished basement where I hit the treadmill and he joins me by pedaling away on his SmartCycle or playing on his own with his trains. Once spring weather is here, I’ll take the baby out for a walk while my oldest is in morning preschool.

  4. RunningLarge says:

    Echoing the comments about the value of a gym with a daycare. But I also end up doing some videos and using the Wii if I can’t get away from the kids. Most often I end up doing my workout at a stupid time like 10pm. It’s not perfect, but my goal is to get 30 minutes of activity everyday. I’m on track for over 30 days now.

    I’ve convinced a few friends to go in for a new challenge every month. Last month was 30 minutes of activity every day. The February challenge is to maintain that and start keeping a food diary. We’re all doing more, and two of us haven’t missed a day yet.

  5. Rhonda says:

    I JUST started working out! I try to eat when the kids do, and then as soon as I get the 2 kids to bed, I go to my room and pop in an exercise video! Just a short workout, but I get it in most days!

  6. Amanda Cowan says:

    I’m with the first gal. Though for the last two years I’ve relied on our apartment complex gym and my hubby to give me some time.. but sadly, as you say.. it rarely happens. I did use our Wii Fit quite a bit before I got pregnant this time around. Now that we’ve moved to a place where the cost of living is significantly less, looking into gyms with awesome childcare has been the key. And I’m looking forward to that time after I have this little girl and I can get that precious time to myself knowing that my girls are all having a blast playing and getting some exercise themselves! In your case, it’s tough. I know just how expensive those gyms are in that area, not to mention being able to find the time with all your responsibilities. I hope things slow down OR you find a solution that really fits into your schedule.

  7. Melissa says:

    I split it up in 10 minute incraments….10 minutes while I dry my hair in the morning, 10 minutes during lunch and 10 minutes when he goes to bed.

  8. Jana says:

    I really loved this entry because it’s true. I’ve found a video that I love though and it’s only 20 minutes long but it works up a sweat. Biggest loser cardio max. Good luck to you.

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