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Finding time to workout w/young child/ren

I haven't posted here in awhile, but I was wondering if you have a child or children when do you find to work out.  I used to be able to work out early in the morning b/c DD would wake up early.  Now she stays up later and wakes up later, leaving me no extra time in the morning.  She is usually in bed by 8:30  and then I do things around the house and by then I'm so not in the mood to workout, except to just go to sleep.  Should I just suck it up and do the workout then?  I guess I could try at lunch time, but I only get 30 minutes.  Any suggestions? 
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Re: Finding time to workout w/young child/ren

  • I'm not a mom, but all of us here lead busy lives with lots of commitments.  It's not about finding time--it's about making time.  I sacrifice TV time and having a super clean house to go to the gym for an hour after work every day, which I don't love, but health is more important.
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    I'm not a mom, but all of us here lead busy lives with lots of commitments.  It's not about finding time--it's about making time.  I sacrifice TV time and having a super clean house to go to the gym for an hour after work every day, which I don't love, but health is more important.

    I apologize, I shouldn't have just put finding time to workout with child/children b/c I know everyone has busy lives with family/life commitments.  I don't and didn't mean to offend anyone. 

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  • Well, I take DS to the gym with me because they have a babysitting area for him.  Is your DH able to help out so that you can have a couple mornings or evenings "off" to get a work out in?
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  • I workout at lunch. See if your company will work with you if you come in a little earlier. I come at 7:30. Take lunch from 12:20-1:35. I leave at 5:00. Never once got the side eye from my boss. But he also likes working out (sometimes I see him in the gym) so it's not like I am out being lazy. I do have a great work environment though. Otherwise I would probably just get up earlier and workout or do it after DD went to sleep...or I would go to the gym in the evenings and use their childcare. 
  • I totally hear you on how hard it is to find time as the parent of a young child who works full time.  I have a husband who works a different schedule than me, so from the time I pick him up from daycare after work, it's dinner, bath, bed.....by 7:15pm or so.  Sometimes he's up as early as 5am.  So it's pretty impossible right now to do much of anything on the weekday outside of lunchtime, and I value my health just as much as any athlete out there.

    With the longer daylight hours, I'm hoping to be able to squeeze in a quick run in between DS's dinner and bedtime.....20-30 minutes of speedwork with the stroller.

    I ask my husband to "spot" me on the weekend mornings so that I have a few hours to myself for a longer run or bike ride, and that is enough to keep me feeling sane. 

    Hang in there -- I have friends tell me there is light at the end of this tunnel.  I was *so* active before I had my son and was really into triathlon.....I'm taking this time to raise him and triathlon will be there for me when he gets older.

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  • Dh just started picking him up 3 days a week from daycare so I can go to a kickboxing class at 6pm. Any other workouts I get in by waking up before he wakes up and going for a run (I leave the monitor next to my sleeping dh and they're both still snoozing wheni get back) or doing a video at home either early morning or during his nap time. I don't like working out at 6pm, I'd much rather work out in the early morning, but this is the only way we could make it work in our schedules.
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  • i do a combination of the following:

    - 4am
    - jogging stroller
    - gym daycare
    - babysitters

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  • image Brie2010:
    I'm not a mom, but all of us here lead busy lives with lots of commitments.  It's not about finding time--it's about making time.  I sacrifice TV time and having a super clean house to go to the gym for an hour after work every day, which I don't love, but health is more important.

    While I understand what you're trying to say, it's just not the same. I can't sacrifice taking care of my kids the way I can sacrifice my clean house or tv time. The kids are up, and need to be taken care of. Before I had kids, I had lots and lots of other commitments- and you're right, it was tough to balance everything, but I could always give something up to find time to be healthy. Not so easy as a mom!

     That being said, I do find time to work out. Join a gym that has daycare- that way your DC can play while you work out. My kids love being around the other kids! Or, get a jogging stroller and take DC with you at night when you get home from work, on Saturday mornings, etc. Or a seat so DC can ride on a bike with you. Lots of options, just get creative :)

  • I work out over my lunch hour, and after my daughter goes to sleep at night. If I am home alone with her, I will do a workout DVD, use our treadmill, or lift weights. If DH is home, I have the option to go for a run outside after she is in bed.

    It's definitely harder to balance your schedule when you have a LO, but you just have to find what times work for you.

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  • image Brie2010:
    I'm not a mom, but all of us here lead busy lives with lots of commitments.  It's not about finding time--it's about making time.  I sacrifice TV time and having a super clean house to go to the gym for an hour after work every day, which I don't love, but health is more important.

    I have to agree with the others when I say its not the same.  It's not about finding or making time, its about making sure your kid is cared for for an hour so you can go and do your thing.

    I either wake up at 5 when DD and H are still sleeping, run with DD in the jogging stroller if I get out of work early enough or go to a yoga class after DD is asleep. It's hard but its getting easier.

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  • Can you ask your partner to watch her?  Or another family member?

    I'm a single mom but I still workout almost every day, I just have to get creative.  I do a workout DVD EARLY like before he wakes up (5am and he wakes at 6:30 or so). 

    I also jog with him in the BOB stroller.

    I see if my mom can watch him on the weekends and I hit the gym.

    Anything is better than nothing even if all you can do is 30 minutes.

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  • Are you financially able to buy a treadmill or elliptcal and some free weights for your house?  Once you put your child to bed, you can immediately hop on the treadmill WHILE watching a favorite tv show (we put our treadmill in the living room so you can easily see the tv from it).  Sometimes I even alternate 15 minutes working out, 15 minutes of "chores"  so after an hour I might have gone a few miles but also accomplished something like doing dishes and folding clothes (note - I am a stepmom, so this only applies to when my stepson is visiting, but I am sure the child-watching schedule then is similar to yours). 
  • It's hard to work around it with kids, especially if you work. I don't work, so I usually take DD2 to the Y child watch while DD1 is at school. I also use a jogging stroller sometimes. I get where you're coming from because I worked full time when DD1 was a toddler, and I felt guilty doing anything after work because I hadn't seen her all day since she was in FT daycare. I felt like the time after work and before bed was special family time for us and partially time to prepare for the next day. I didn't workout during that time in my life, and I think the main reason was because I felt guilty and didn't want to take time away from her.

    I think you should either wake up early or go to bed a little later. Since it's light outside later, could you use a jogging stroller? That way you're still spending time together while you're working out. I have a single, so I have taken my girls out one at a time, and we talk during my runs. Good luck!

  • Single mom here, too.

    I take an early lunch (because I see clients over the "normal" lunch hour), so I can go work out, use the gym daycare for an hour or e/o Sunday either my close friend or boyfriend will watch him so I can go (no gym daycare).

    I had all the excuses in the world not to go.    Now I find excuses to go.

    Oh, and if you feel guilty about taking the kid to gym daycare-- like I did-- don't.   L loves it there, and is MAD when we have to leave!   Plus I am being a great role model for him by teaching him that it is important to make it a priority. 


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  • image MrsSandro:
    I workout at lunch. See if your company will work with you if you come in a little earlier. I come at 7:30. Take lunch from 12:20-1:35. I leave at 5:00. Never once got the side eye from my boss. But he also likes working out (sometimes I see him in the gym) so it's not like I am out being lazy. I do have a great work environment though. Otherwise I would probably just get up earlier and workout or do it after DD went to sleep...or I would go to the gym in the evenings and use their childcare. 

    This is what I did when I was working. My boss was cool with it. I'd just come in early so I could take a longer lunch. My office had a gym, and on nice days I could run around DC.

    I SAH now, and l usually wake up early or work out after the kids are in bed. It is much easier now that they are older and sleep. Part of my problem when they were infants was I was just so dang tired.

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  • If your kids are sleeping *later* then you can just get up earlier, can't you?  Are you working out at home?  What kind of things do you do? 

    If you want to leave the house, you'll probably need to join a gym with child care or get your partner on board.  I do one of a few things: wake up at 5, run at school before I come home (I'm a teacher), run first thing in the morning on the weekends while DH takes care of the kids, run on the treadmill while the kids play around me or nap...I mean, you CAN find the time, but it might take some rearranging and flexibility.  

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  • I workout right after DS goes to sleep.  I'm tired after the long day, but now that I'm in the routine I'm probably able to do it about 6x a week which is much better than the 0x I was doing a year ago!  I've noticed a big difference in just 30 min a day.
  • We did/ do a combination of things:

    Daddy Time when I go to CrossFit  

    Stream workout DVDs via Netflix & Wii

    Fit TV for Namaste Yoga 

    Take stroller and workout in the apartment gym while she naps

    Jogging Stroller for runs and long walks

    Grandma babysitting on race or long run day

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    Mommy & Me Aerobics 

    For me, it takes creativity, flexibility, and support to balance it all.  I'm also a teacher. My work days end early enough to give me more opportunities to exercise. 

    GL! 

     

     

  • Totally different with kids. You can't just move things around as you please. I always thought I had a busy life but juggling things is so much easier without kids.

    I make running part of my daily commute, I run 8 miles a day to the train, so it is really built into my work schedule and the Au Pair is watching Sarah. On weekends, DH is watching her while I go for a run.

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  • I work out at lunchtime.  Its the only time I have and it works for me.  Is it possible to go for a walk with her in the stroller in the mornings or early evenings?
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  • image Brie2010:
    I'm not a mom, but all of us here lead busy lives with lots of commitments.  It's not about finding time--it's about making time.  I sacrifice TV time and having a super clean house to go to the gym for an hour after work every day, which I don't love, but health is more important.

    Sorry but it isn't the same. You are comparing apples and oranges. I can leave a messy house all week to go workout. NBD. But you can't slack on your duties for your child. Plus as a parent we WANT to be with them. It isn't an obligation. It is hard to balance the time of wanting to be with your child, working and then working out. And as a parent of a younger child it takes awhile to figure out how to do it all. Your response was not helpful and honestly a bit snotty.

    To OP, I do a combo of things to make it work. I used to wake up really early. That is always easier in the summer but I can't do it when it is cold.

    So now H picks up my son 3 days a week and I head to the gym right away. Because I get off earlier I usually still get home around the same time they do so I don't feel like I am missing out on my family time. Now that we have had the time change I also will go take off for a quick half hour run after dinner while we are just playing.

    Weekends are used for longer workouts. I usually get up right away Saturday morning and head out the door. I try to get groceries on Friday night so I am not tempted to go start my errands instead of doing my workout. If I don't get the workout in right away in the morning my chances are shot as we are ready to go about our day but that point.

  • Lurker here, but I work out when he's sleeping.  This is either at 5:30 while DH is getting ready for work or in the evenings after he is in bed (luckily he goes down around 7:30).  DH and I also rotate bath/bedtime duties so I try to do evening workouts on his nights and morning workouts on days when it's my bath night.  On the weekends I'll go while he's napping and DH stays home.  This way I am never missing awake time with my son and I'm still getting my needs met.  Good luck!  It's not been an easy switch (just made this a priority for myself about 7 weeks ago) but it's definitely been worth it.

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