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.
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!