How do I get fit?
April 5, 2007 8:23am CST
Ok I need some advice. I have a 2 1/2 year-old son and a 9 month-old daughter and really struggle to find time to exercise. My DH works extremely long hours at least 6 days a week (leaving at 5.30am and getting home at 7.30 to 8pm when I'm trying to settle the kids down for the night). I really want to lose weight but can't see how to fit in any exercise...at least not to the point where my heart rate goes up enough. Taking the kids out for a walk doesn't do too much to help because my son walks so slowly and is too heavy to push anymore. Gym membership or any classes are out because we really don't have the money for them. Exercise DVDs are also out because I can't do them with the little ones under foot or when they're asleep because our house is small and I'd disturb them. Has anyone else found themselves in this situation? Has anyone got any suggestions for me that might help?
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5 Apr 07
The best form of exercise is walking. I bet you have a double stroller so use that to take the kids for long walks every day. If there's a park nearby, take a ball with you and toss it around with your holder child. I know how you feel because I was where you are now sixteen years ago. Also, check to see if there are gyms nearby that have babysitting. Ask them if you can babysit in exhchange for a gym membership. This way you can take your kids there for child care while you get some time to work out. If you really want to get fit, you will find a way as there is always a way for those with the will.
5 Apr 07
My son, as I said is too heavy to push in the double stroller anymore. He's the height and build of an average five year-old. He gets frustrated having to sit in the stroller too. I do walk for about five hours a week because I walk them to and from playgroup, the library and parks but I'm concerned, at a childs pace, that this isn't enough. The child care centres here, even the ones in the gym, are legally binded to only hire staff who have completed courses in child care. They don't allow baby sitters.