In my old life, I was a work out maven. Mostly when I was single. I worked out five days a week, two hours a day. I loved it. Sure, it was probably keeping me single but I was in shape! I looked good, y’all! Fast forward to my newlywed days. I used to get up at 6am and head out to the gym. I’d work out for a hour and then come back home and get showered and get to work. I’d do this all week and sometimes even on Saturday. Knowing this, imagine how much I’m kicking myself now. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in at least a year, I haven’t worked out at home in months and I’m always too exhausted or busy to get that workout in.work out

Here’s the thing. I do still try every now and then to make it happen. I was recently talking to a friend about this. We talked about how hard it can be to exercise when you’re at home with kids. She has three children, I have two. When I decide to work out my kids think it’s some sort of game. As soon and I start moving, they jump in to do what I’m doing. I love that part of it. I like them seeing me taking care of myself. I want that to be a normal part of our life. I’d love for exercise to be the norm in their eyes. So having them emulate what I do is like, “yes! we’re doing this!” The problem is they are 2 and almost 5 so their attention spans aren’t the greatest. They soon get bored  with my half hour routine. When they get bored they get silly.

As I lie down to do my ab work, my daughter runs over and screams, “horsey, neigh!” She then tries to giddy up on my stomach. Fun. Also, while I’m on the floor, our dog runs up to my face to give me kisses. Are you getting this picture? It’s pretty much a comedy sketch. When it’s time to lift weights, my son wants in on that part. When I tell him no, he tries to convince me that he’s a big boy and shows me his “super strong muscles”.  Of course, all I see is him or his sister getting cracked with a weight. No bueno. Not happening kid. My friend told me she has similar issues with her babies. We both wondered, who are these moms who talk about working out with their small children. We wanted to know their secret. With us, it’s a comedy routine fit for a sitcom.

How about you? Does working out, work out with you and the kids? Tips, secrets? Share!

80 comments on “When Working Out Doesn’t Work Out”

  1. I am interesting in knowing this too. I only have one and she is 21-months. I am always so tired at the end of the day that working out is the farthest thing from my mind. I know folks say “take care of you.” My idea of that is getting some much needed rest.

    I now do a quick 2-mile run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at work (we have a gym in the building) and then we do a 3-mile walk on Saturday as a family. But that’s all I can get and I am thankful to even have that.

  2. It really is harder to fit in those work outs when you become a mom. When my son was small my mother would take him for a couple of times a week so I could work out and once he got older and into literally everything that stopped! And now that he’s 4, as nervous as I am about M-F Pre-K I am also excited cause as soon as I drop him off at school I am hitting the gym LOL

  3. LOL!! It sounds like a comdedy skit and I see your frustration. You know I have three kids and even when I had two, I had to get it in. For me, I worked out when my kids were in bed. I am just a night time exerciser. I kiss my kids goodnight and off to the workout room or living room I go. On the occasion they do see me working, they also join in but when they get silly… I keep on going. My daughter (now 6) makes it through a full routine with me. But either, get up before they wake up, do it during their nap or when they go to bed. But it can be done.
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  4. I’ve occasionally tried running with my son, but it doesn’t always go so well (or I have to cut the run short because that is TOUGH!) I work out during my lunch hour now, and my husband and I take turns working out on the weekends.
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  5. Have you tried working out once the kids go to bed. I know it can be late and we all have better things to do with that time(like clean that days mess the kids made) or simply rest since it’s been a long draining day. But maybe once the kids go down you can do a quick 25 minute workout alone or with your husband. I know it’s 100% easier said then done but sometimes a quick 25 minutes a few days a week is all we need to restart or maintain our insanity. Or Switch it and try the workout in the morning Prior to kids getting up a few days a week.

  6. Hahaha!! I don’t have any kids but when I do some stretches or yoga at home my dog will not leave me alone! I gave up on working out at home because it just never happens. Maybe have them help “coach you” along the way? Have them be involved without them working out themselves 🙂
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  7. As adorable as it sounds, I can see it being a bit frustrating when you want to work out! I agree with Josh about the morning/nighttime workout. If you work out late at night, you may feel tired enough to get a good rest and if you choose to do it in the morning, it may energize you!

  8. I keep telling myself that when all my kids are in school, THAT is when it will be my time to get back to working out regularly. I just canNOT figure out the logistics with little kids at home! Sigh. Someday…
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  9. Mm hmm, I can relate. I turn on the treadmill and my six year old is begging to get on with me. I have to get up way before he does, or the workout isn’t going to happen.

  10. My friends and I have started walking 4 miles. It’s working now that my kids are in school. During the summer, forget it. My issues are pretty similar to yours.

  11. Oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine. I used to make it to the gym before I got married too, but my last day was the week after my wedding 😉 good like finding something that works my dear!
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  12. I have 5 kids and believe me, I get what you’re going through. If I let my 2.5 year old around me while I work out she’s trying to do lunges underneath my legs or climb on my back like I’m a horse too. It’s cute but frustrating. 🙂 What I’ve done – and maybe a lot of moms wouldn’t agree with my method – is I send my kiddos upstairs. They go to their play room and play. They are not to come downstairs unless there’s an emergency until I’m done. No fighting. If they fight or whatever else they could do (smear toothpaste all over the bathroom) they get consequences. If they don’t want to be upstairs then they have to stay on the couch. They’ve seen me do this for years so they’re pretty used to it. I try to keep the workouts in the 30 minute range for my 2 year old and my baby. I always have a bottle at the ready for my baby; it seems he always decides he’s hungry right when I’m in the middle of a workout. Sometimes it takes 30 minutes for me to get everything ready to workout. Get the kids a snack before I send them upstairs, get my stuff out, get the baby’s stuff ready. I keep thinking to try to workout early morning, but that’s never going to happen!! I need sleep!
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  13. I don’t even have kids yet and I find it increasingly difficult to work out. My biggest problem is that I find it SO hard to wake up early and that’s pretty much the only time I have to get an extra workout in. I’d love to hear how you managed to wake up early regularly
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  14. This sounds brilliant. I have a boyfriend that does all of the above to me while I’m trying to exercise. To be fair to him, he is trying to help me get fit but it’s not going brilliantly well!

    Katie <3
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  15. I would love to get into a fitness routine. My kids are teenagers now i think its time for me 🙂 I just have to find some motivation lol

  16. My son does the same thing and will try to pick up the weights to show me how strong he is, so I’ve had to start hiding them when I’m not actively using them. I try to work out after the kids go to bed because it’s also my ‘me’ time and I just can’t concentrate or enjoy it while they need me. It’s hard though.
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  17. I really struggle too – and I don’t even have children! I am SO busy I’m just so tired in the evenings and now a morning songbird (ever) so just making myself a juice or breakfast in the morning leads to me giving myself a good pat on the back in congratulations. I used to work out loads! I’ve found that eating really well gives me more energy and means I am more likely to bite the bullet and go for it. Forcing myself out for a jog (even though I actually hate running) or going to a class means you have no one to distract you 🙂

  18. I like to squeeze my workouts in after the kids have gone to bed. As soon as the last kid closer their eyes, I’m off to living room to get it in high gear. You could also try incorporating the kids in your workouts by asking them to join along.
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