Summer is around the corner and as a mom, you may have this thought running through your head, “I liked to tone up for the summer, but I do not have time for exercise and be a mom.” Trying to find time for yourself and have time with your children can sometimes feel like a tug-a-war. I remember the days before children; I worked out 1.5 hours 6 days a week. That kind of schedule is not going to happen now with two small kids. Not only do I not have the time, I choose not to take it. What I have learned is that my workouts depend on my children’s stage of life.
As a baby
Once cleared from my doctor to exercise after the birth of my daughter, I struggled to figure out what I should do. It was too hot to go outside in the afternoon and her naps could be unpredictable. My focus was not to get in a long run or take the time to go to the gym. My favorite workout was simple….a pair of weights, an exercise band and a resist-a-ball right in the middle of my living room floor. I would work as hard and intense as I could for 20 minutes, which was all I had on most days.
As a Toddler
A walking/running stroller is a must at the toddler age.
There was nothing I loved more than a long walk or run while talking to my little one and exploring the world. My goal was to utilize my time for exercise as an opportunity to spend time with them and be a good example of health and fitness.
As a child
A long talk, family time and a lot of calorie burning has been accomplished while they ride their bikes next me as I walk or run.
It is not always at the intensity or duration that I may desire, but it gets the job done. They have also hit the stage to play in the backyard while mommy gets in a 20 minute strength training work out.
Finding time for kids and exercise will change with the season of your family. Do not be discouraged. Throw out what you may have done in the past and create a new plan for exercise with your kids and don’t let the tug-a-war pull you down. Not only will you “tone up” but you will be a great example and before you know they will be working out right next to you.