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Working moms - when do you find time to work out?

I've never been that consistent about working out - I'd do great for a few months, then slack, rinse, repeat.  I used to run after work either on our treadmill or outside.  But since my daughter was born it's been so hard to find the time.  I hate to take the time after work because that is time I spend with her before she goes to bed.  I sometimes will do some weights/situps in front of the TV but I really need to work some cardio into my schedule.  I lost my baby weight but I still have that "pooch" and need to tone up.

And no, I'm not getting up at 5 AM.  I'm tired enought as it is, that is NOT going to happen!



Re: Working moms - when do you find time to work out?

  • Can you take her on a walk everyday when you get home from work? Even 30 minutes would be better than nothing. You could also sit in her room while she plays and do a couple reps of weight lifting in between playing with her.

    If this doesn't work, you could go walking/jogging on your lunch break. ?



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  • I am a SAHM though I used to be a working mom. Either way the only time that worked for me was getting up at 5 or doing it once the kids are in bed.

    Doing it in the morning is really hard, but after a week or so it gets easier ad you'll have more energy.
  • What about lunch?  I fit my workouts during lunch or after work.  I take DD in a jog stroller sometimes.  Somedays it's we run to the park together after work she plays for a while and then we run home.  What about weekends?  Have your DH be with her during naps or for some short portion of the day for you to go for a run.  It also helps that I teach spin class 2x a week after work that makes me workout. 
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    And no, I'm not getting up at 5 AM.  I'm tired enought as it is, that is NOT going to happen!

    i'm a full-time working mom of a HOCKEY kid... no-time is my middle name. and i, too, swore i wouldn't get up at 5 to workout but the bigger my a$$ got, the less that seemed like a valid excuse.

    so, i go to bed around 9:30 or 10:30 and i'm up at 5 or 5:30 to run on the treadmill or do the 30ds or some yoga.

    as a pp said, it was AWFUL the first week and now it's no big deal. if you really want to workout but don't want to do it in the evenings, you might just have to suck it up. besides, it's REALLY nice to have it out of the way if you end up being tired after work or want a glass of wine with dinner. Smile

  • I work p/t so I almost always work out on days that I don't work.  I also try to work out at least once during lunch.  It is really hard.  There just aren't enough hours in the day. 
  • I get up at 5 am to work out, and if I don't, I squeeze it in during lunch or after work or when they are with their dad.  I make it a priority and I won't skip more than a day or two each week. 
  • Honestly you are going to have to make some sort of sacrifice to make it a priority if it is important. I run for a half hour 3 times a week and go to a pilates class once a week. Usually I go on my run right before his bedtime so H puts him to bed. It does suck to not see him every second that we are home, but I have to make myself a priority as well. I don't have the energy to wait until he is in bed to go workout.

    So you options are... mornings, lunchetime, afterwork or after the baby is in bed.

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