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s/o finding time to workout with young kids

I am just curious about the responses in this post, because it seems like the majority of people with children who responded are married.

While some responded that their H would watch the child(ren) while they were working out, it seemed to not be an option for others and I was curious as to why it wouldn't be. 

I guess I'm wondering about this mostly because I am no longer married and DS' father is not in his life.  From my perspective, I always think that it would be easier to workout if I WAS married or had a partner to help out, but obviously that's not always the case.   

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  • I don't have any kids, but I've thought about what it would be like to work out without having anyone to watch my potential children. At my gym, they have a babysitting room that's open from 9am to sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. I think they charge $2/per child/per time or you can purchase some type of monthly pass if you take them every day that's a better deal. I also know women who hire a babysitter to come while they work out/run errands.
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  • Well I am married, but my husband and I work split shifts and he is home with the kids all day. so I like for him to workout in the morning because it helps him get through a long day with two little one's.

    I only really get a workout in after the kids go to bed, or if I am lucky and the baby sleeps until 6am then I workout in the morning before they wake up.

     But in general, I am sure it is still harder for you. You have to take care of all of the household stuff on your own too, which means less time in general. More power to you. I grew up with a strong, single, multi-tasking mama and I think she taught me how to be a strong, independent woman!

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  • I would looooove to bring them to the gym. Sadly the gym near us that has babysitting is $120 a month, which is waaaay out of our budget. That sounds fabulous though.
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  • image Capechick2007:

    Well I am married, but my husband and I work split shifts and he is home with the kids all day. so I like for him to workout in the morning because it helps him get through a long day with two little one's.

    I only really get a workout in after the kids go to bed, or if I am lucky and the baby sleeps until 6am then I workout in the morning before they wake up.

     But in general, I am sure it is still harder for you. You have to take care of all of the household stuff on your own too, which means less time in general. More power to you. I grew up with a strong, single, multi-tasking mama and I think she taught me how to be a strong, independent woman!

    Ahhh, gotcha.  I was just curious about some of the responses but I remember you saying that you two had opposite schedules.

    Well, I like the expression that you can't "find" time but you can "make" time.  When it's important to you, you just do it. 

    I was procrastinating about studying for a test for my firm (the Certified Financial Planner certification exam, which requires a huge time commitment).  I was thinking that I couldn't possibly spare time and I would be neglecting DS.  But I realized that I could do it, if I wanted to.  So now I get up at 5 and do a quick workout, then quickly shower, get ready, and study a bit before he wakes up.  I also study on my lunch break. I'm logging about two hours/day and the exam isn't until november so I should have plenty of time!  Where there's a will, there's a way.

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  • By the time H is home from work I'm usually too tired to work out.  Plus I like that time as family time. 

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  • image DandelionMom:

    By the time H is home from work I'm usually too tired to work out.  Plus I like that time as family time. 

    It's always hard for me to workout in the evenings too. My motivation is usually shot after a long day.

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  • You are amazing for making the time. I look at your posts and the posts of the mom with twins and it makes me think about how right you are.....that we all need to MAKE the time to better ourselves and live good, healthy lives. If we can we are teaching our kids great habits.

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  • I have a treadmill, which I get up to use every morning at 3:45 or 4 am, before getting ready for work. Everyone is sleeping at that time. While I do have a husband, it is something I could still be doing even if he was not around. Though I realize, not everyone wants or has a treadmill in their house. It's just how I do it :-)
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  • My H and I are splitting, but even now he's never here. I use to try to exercise during nap time, but lately he just crawls around and plays around me while I work out. It's not ideal, but it let's me workout. If you're a runner can you get a jogging stroller and take him along?
  • You're one who has encouraged me to make time. I am AND sticking with it. 

    Okay, well diarrhea boy prevented me from going yesterday, and had to make up hours from yesterday so I didn't get to go today.  Maybe a DVD later. ;)

    The bf works an opposite shift, so he doesn't watch L while I work out-- but even when that is an option, we choose to use gym daycare since A) L loves it and B) we have discovered that we really enjoy working out together.    

    I keep typing things and deleting them.   Single mother hood is hard.   So hard.  Def one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it has so many rewards.  Can't wait to continue to discover them.

     

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  • My DH works some crazy hours so I can't really depend on him being available. If he isn't working or sleeping, he is always willing to watch the kids while I run. I take him up on it sometimes, but don't want to too much b/c it is our family time. I am lucky to have parents an hour away, so they watch the kids when I do my long run on the w/e. I know I have more time than most moms to work out, and I don't take it for granted. Like one of the previous posters we also have a good amount of home equipment so it isn't a big deal for me to jump on the TM or bike in the early/late hours.


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  • H occaisonally watches our son while I workout but frankly he's a whiner about it and it's just not a battle I choose to pick. I belong to our Y and I pay $15 a month for unlimited child care. I also put our son in some of the classes they offer while I'm working out, I feel less guilty then. H and I also work different shifts so it's not like he's home during my regular workout time anyways. I have a jogging stroller if I am trying to get a workout at home and I have my set of excercises I do at the park (I call it my circuit, yes I'm lame), while he plays. When I go to day shift I'll go to the gym early am, head home to get the kids ready and then off to work. I've done it a few times now and it works.

  • My husband and I both run so we are pretty good about splitting time to run. He normally runs before work and I normally run after he gets home (around 630). During the winter I would run two days during the week on the TM and both Sat & Sun outside. Now that it's lighter our later, I am able to run all 4 times outside. He watches our kiddo while I run in the morning on Sat and then goes for a run once the baby goes down for a nap. On Sundays we run together now that I am increasing mileage every Sunday while training for my half in June...but we are lucky that my parents are willing to babysit while we go. My parents live on a long, flat road so it's a perfect place to do a distance run. We go over at around 10am and we stay for lunch. It's nice to get a good run in as well as some quality family time. :)
  • My husband works 24 hour shifts as a firefighter, and a second job, so he isn't around consistantly.  I get up at 5:00 am and work out before work.  On the weekends he usually watches them on morning so I can go for a long run.
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  • My husband works very long hours and is rarely home during the week. When he works from home (usually once a week) I will get up early and run and he'll get up with the kids. If it weren't for the gym daycare I could not run, except on the weekend. And I would be stuck doing whatever workouts at home after the kids went to bed. No naptimes in this house anymore. :(
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  • image CharlottesWeb:
    My husband works very long hours and is rarely home during the week. When he works from home (usually once a week) I will get up early and run and he'll get up with the kids. If it weren't for the gym daycare I could not run, except on the weekend. And I would be stuck doing whatever workouts at home after the kids went to bed. No naptimes in this house anymore. :(

    I have just had to make this adjustment in the last few months. I miss naps!

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  • DH also works out during his lunch. But I am sure he would watch DD in the evening if I wanted to work out then. We like to work out together. Preferably. 
  • I'm not sure if you are still reading this, but I wanted to throw out another scenario where it may not be an option. I am married and while my husband is a very involved/hands on dad and would give pretty much anything to watch our two kids while I work out...he can't. He is in the Navy and currently on a 7 month deployment.  
  • Like a lot of husbands, mine is traveling at least half the week. It's funny because I always think about how much easier it would be to workout and race if we had family neaby that could watch DD. We all seem to find a way to make it work though :)

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  • I give single moms so much credit for getting anything done. I count down the minutes until DH walks in the door after a trip, just so I can cook a meal with out a toddler hanging on my leg.
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  • image runblondie26:
    I give single moms so much credit for getting anything done. I count down the minutes until DH walks in the door after a trip, just so I can cook a meal with out a toddler hanging on my leg.

    They always seem to be clingiest during the time when you're prepping dinner!  DS was so whiney one night that I got out the Bjorn and strapped him in it (even though he was too big).  My back paid for that the next day!

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