It’s really difficult to find time and space for exercising with kids around . That’s the bad news. The good news is that if you have kids, you probably already get more exercise than most, so a missed day of exercise here or there isn’t going to do you any harm.
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Exercise While the Kids Are Asleep
Early mornings and late evenings give you two opportunities each day to find some uninterrupted time for your fitness routine. If your children are small, their daily nap time should give you another shot at 30 quiet minutes to get away by yourself and exercise. Of course, we all know that the best laid plans…, so we offer more options below.
Exercise While the Kids Are Occupied
Set up activities for the kids. You should be able to occupy them for 15-30 minutes, even if it means plopping them down in front of the TV for their favorite show. Other options include trading kid-duty with neighbors so that you all have the chance to exercise daily. Or, you can call in the grandparents if they live nearby.
Nix Exercise Equipment
Kids are always getting into something (just like pets), so a household with toddlers may not be a candidate for elaborate exercise equipment. You may no longer have the option of taking power walks, your gym probably doesn’t have a kids’ play area, so what’s a mother to do? With a yoga mat and a DVD or Blu-ray, you have all equipment you need to stay fit at home without jeopardizing your kids’ safety.
Involve the Kids in Your Exercise Routine
If you have an infant or a toddler, why not take them for a power stroll in the stroller? If the kids are a little older, involve them in your exercise routine. A quick search through Amazon exercise DVDs/Blu-rays reveals a number of exercise programs suitable for kids. Start them early, and you’ll introduce them to a healthy lifelong habit. If you have a nice backyard, get out and play with kids. Remember playing? It’s not illegal—yet.
Break Up Your Exercise Routine
If there’s no way for you to find 30 minutes to yourself during the day, and early mornings/late evenings are not workable, break up your exercise into manageable five- or 10-minute chunks throughout the day. Integrate exercise into your normal routine. Recent research suggests that shorter exercise periods are acceptable, and multiple short bursts during the day can keep you fit. The Mayo Clinic says, “…if you can’t fit in one 30-minute walk, try three 10-minute walks instead.”
While finding a few minutes to yourself may prove nearly impossible, you can sneak in a few minutes of walking here, a few minutes of dance there. If all else fails, you’ve probably earned a day off from your regular fitness program. Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow. Enjoy the break and come back even stronger tomorrow.
5 Tips for Exercising with Kids Around