I recently had a conversation with a fellow "classifier" (aka mom) about the topic of exercise and fitness. In the mist of swapping exercise routines and sharing weight loss stories, she gasped as I explained that about 90% of the time I exercise either with or in front of my children.
Am I weird?
She simply explained that she felt too guilty to exercise in front of her children and felt like a better mom if she exercised during nap time.
Don't get me wrong- I get a WAY better workout while alone, but I always have at least one child with me at all times. By the time my husband gets home from work, I'm either tired, have to take the kids to one of their functions, or get caught up in the late afternoon routine. I also somehow can come up with a million excuses on why I can't exercise after 5 p.m.
It is hard to exercise with a baby. If I am not walking him around town in a stroller- then I do wait until he is napping. But for the older children- it's fair game!
I have a weight bench in my basement where I will pump iron during my little man's nap, while Bubba is in Preschool- oh- wait- I have an almost 3-year old Diva that is not napping so much these days. So, for a warm up we will play "chase" until she doesn't care to anymore. I will then lift while she "cooks" me dinner with her play kitchen. She is also awesome at adding resistance by sitting on my belly while I do my Abs work. I will also pop in an exercise video during my little man's naptime (my fav's are Jillian or Billy) and ask my older children to participate- which they usually do to an extent. Do I feel guilty? Not exactly- aren't I setting a good example?
At any given moment you can find me lugging a wagon equipped with a baby and toddler in one hand, holding a lab-mix dog in another hand, and racing my preschooler around the block. Do I feel guilty? Nope.
I have even gone as far as renting kid's exercise videos from the library and completing them with my kiddos. Do I feel guilty? Not at all.
What about you? Are you a nap time boot camper? Do you strap your kids in a jogging stroller and hit the streets? Most of all do you feel guilty either way? It's not like I don't interact with my children while I exercise or even play games such as "tag" or "freeze dance" as part of my aerobics routine. What are your thoughts? Opinions?
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