Keeping a fitness routine when B was an infant was relatively easy. Sure I was exhausted, but he had two dedicated nap times when I could sneak away or I could throw him in his carrier and he would sleep through a class at the gym.
Fast forward to toddlerhood and making time for the gym has become a little bit harder. I am now faced with only 1 nap and a child who wants to touch everything and run around if he joins me at the gym.
Regardless, if you want it, you make it work. Find a routine and stick with it, the extra boost of energy I get from working out and the mental break is worth finding the time.
- Take advantage of nap time. If you have a home gym, a fitness app/video or a virtual trainer (get your trainer here!!). Get your runners on and take advantage of a two-hour nap to get a workout in.
- Work out a schedule with your spouse/caregiver. D and I have been lucky that we can trade-off on parent duties so we can both make it to the gym. We are very involved in the fitness community, so making time for BOTH of us is important. Find a schedule that works for you and your spouse.
- Join a kid friendly gym. You don’t have to go to a conventional gym to find childcare or a kid friendly space. D and I do CrossFit and we are so lucky that this community is open to kids. B can hang out when we work out or many CrossFit boxes have classes set up for mom and baby too.
- Involve your kids. Whether this means using your kid as a makeshift weight or you use them as your running cardio between sets, make it fun. Trust me you can still get a sweat on while playing around with your kids.
Bottom line, make a schedule that works for you and your family. If you have a game plan for workout times it will be easier to schedule or involve your kids and actually make it happen.
Mommy & Toddler – Yoga
Until next time day dreamers.