In the four months since I’ve had my third baby, I’ve realized that making time to exercise is rather challenging. There is just more of everything else to do…laundry, cooking, cleaning, playing with another little being, and the list goes on. I’ve also realized that when I am able to sneak in some exercise, I feel a lot better throughout the rest of the day. So here I am trying to pull together some tips and reminders for myself on how I can create some time to exercise with the kids.
One of the reasons I am paying more attention to my workout schedule is because I partnered with PlanetShoes on their Fit For Fall campaign. They sent me a pair of new sneakers (long over due!) and they are just adorable. Having cute sneakers is one of those silly things that just makes me happy when I get to go to the gym.
The first time I got up early to go for a run on the beach this summer, Madison came screaming out of the house after me wanting to join me. It was cold and bitter that day, but she came along and we “ran” the beach. I realized that carving out time for Mom to escape for a run isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Turns out there is a lot I can get done at the playground, even while wearing the baby.
I’ve been doing some of the exercises in this article, written by Parents magazine. It’s a full body workout using playground equipment. The slide lunge is a great one!
Recently I discovered my love for stroller walks again. I did it all the time when I had just one baby, but it got more complicated when I had two. It’s just as complicated now with three, but I can bring a double stroller and let Madison ride her bike now. It may not be super fast, but it’s a great way to get us all outside and moving our bodies.
There is still time for you to create a workout plan for the fall. Plus, share some of your goals on the Get Fit for Fall site and you could win your own pair of new shoes! Share your progress with friends and get new workout ideas from other community members.
For me when I had my second I had to join a gym that had childcare. Since I work full-time it is already hard for me to find time to work out. I decided that a place that had a playroom for my overly socially oriented kids to go play in while I worked out was better than any other option I could think of. My daughter has actually been a great motivator because she loves the gyms playroom she asked me on Saturday and Sunday mornings to go to the gym!
We have child care at the gym too and it’s awesome. I find it motivating to meet friends there too.
I work full time so I have to get up at 5:30 am and work out because no other time works for me. It’s become a habit that is pretty easy to keep plus I have some workout pals at my crossfit gym that check on me if I miss a few days.
I applaud anyone that can get up early. I try occasionally, but there is usually at least one child that ends up getting up at the same time!
I’ve tried getting up early and I just can’t do it. It took me a few years-but now I have all three in school so I workout right after the bus leaves and before I dive into work. It cuts into my work day a bit, but it helps keep me sane! I love the sneaks you chose-I chose the same ones!
Go Emily! You can do it. I’ve had to let go of the getting up early, and try the flip side. If I can’t get out for a run, I do yoga at night sometimes after the kids go to bed, before blogging, or anything else. If you like yoga, yogatoday.com has a free weekly class ( and they are so great). Good luck!