Get up early & work out. Do a DVD at nap time. Run to the store, ride the bus home with milk eggs & bread. Do an extra 4 sets every time you have to go up or downstairs to fetch something. Bike commute instead of driving to work. Kid’s Club drop-off and a gym workout. Walk or run through the park while your child is participating in their sports practice.
I know, I know, I just listed a bunch of ideas, but I know you have MORE to share! And busy parents of young children need as many options as possible (not to mention the forethought of scheduling it into their day) to get it done consistently. Parents of young children are often sleep-deprived, scarf half-eaten graham crackers and eggies for their daily energy, and have to be “on” until the kiddos are in bed. A workout opportunity needs to be recognized and grasped at the drop of the hat. Let’s help them do that, because there’s always time. We just need to teach them how to grasp it.
Jason, thanks for the study info and link.
True Jennifer and Karin, thanks for the suggestions! I teach Baby Boot Camp stroller fitness classes, and so I totally agree that working out with kiddos and playing games with them is super fun. MizFit just wrote about that on her blog.
But when it comes to at-home workouts (probably somewhat dependent on the age of the children), my circle of parents agree that it’s not always safe or logistically possible to work out around your kids, although it’s fun to see my 3-year-old do a few push-ups and jumping jacks! Unfortunately she’s also been the recipient of an errant knee or hand, and once a dumbbell conk on the head. Additionally, I have rarely been able to complete 5 minutes without stopping to break up an conflict, rescue the baby from peril, feed someone, or receive an offer to “play trains with me.” And that only goes for those of us who possess the discipline to attempt a workout rather than the other 10 things that actually need to be completed in order to perpetuate a working household (food, clothing, the basics).
So workouts have been relegated to child-free times of day, which are normally brief yet intense. Hence my question!