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How do you fit exercising in?

  1. MrsKRB

    nectarine / 2465 posts

    @MamaCate: the headlamp I use is Wilcor brand, it’s cheap and not super bright but it works and doesn’t bother me. It’s really hard getting out there in the cold dark, but once I start it’s fine!!

  2. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7463 posts

    Until he was in school I did it before he woke up. 6:30am-7:30 twice a week. But to be fair I live in a condo with a gym so that makes it a tad easier.
    Now that he’s in school 9-12 I go Tues and Thurs after I drop him off. I could have also done it during naps in my living room, I suppose, but by naptime I always felt like I needed to tidy up or just take a break.

  3. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7463 posts

    @Littlebit7: My husband got a peloton and same for him - it really got him into a good routine and he’s lost about 15lbs (he wasn’t super overweight to begin with). We just got rid of ours to make room for the new baby, so he only had it about a year - but it’s put him in workout mode. He still uses the bikes now in our buildings gym or lifts weights. He alternates. He hasn’t been this committed in 10 years!

  4. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    @SweetiePie: How did you get rid of the Peloton, is there some kind of secondary market for them that you recommend?

  5. Littlebit7

    nectarine / 2243 posts

    @looch: I think there is a peloton bst on Facebook. One pops up every now and then on my local moms group. They hold their value pretty well (unless someone is desperate for a quick sale)...and the warranty isn't transferable if that's important to you.

  6. littlebug

    honeydew / 7504 posts

    I got an LED arm band on Amazon. I carry mace and use a single earbud for my music so that I can hear my surroundings. My streets are pretty well-lit, so the armband is just so that I'm more noticeable to cars. I can see where I'm running just fine.

  7. SweetiePie

    honeydew / 7463 posts

    @looch: Ours was just good luck, a friend was looking for a bike for their vacation home and we happened to be ready to part with ours. So they bought it for half.

    If they weren’t interested we would have posted on Craigslist and my local moms FB groups.

  8. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    @Littlebit7 and @SweetiePie: thank you!

  9. Rocker2014

    persimmon / 1367 posts

    Ugh, it is so hard to find the time! I WOH full time, and my husband has a full and a part time job so I get how difficult it is to find the time. Our daycare also has limited hours, so there's no flexibility there. I get up at 6am, and do a 20 minute intense cardio video (my cable provider has a ton on demand) in my living room. and a few times per month get to a weekend zumba class at my gym. I wish I could get there more, but that's just not in the cards right now.

    One other thing that's worked for me is being really intentional about how I play with LO. When I'm with her, I do as many "active" things as possible - we're constantly "racing" each other places, holding dance parties, jumping competitions, or rough housing in ways where I'm lifting her up repeatedly or carrying her. I also try to sneak in things like situps/crunches in our activities. I don't know how much of a difference that's made, but I think every little bit helps! (and she's exhausted at the end of the day, lol!)

  10. MamaCate

    pomegranate / 3595 posts

    @MrsKRB: @littlebug: thanks to you both! DH has an old headlamp hanging around that I am going to try in the morning and I saw some arm bands on amazon too.

    I am running on a trail next to a dry river bed. It is well maintained and there are no cars. There are occasionally people sleeping outside as well as wildlife and a decent amount of traffic. I have the dog so I think I won’t need mace. I think the light will be more to be seen by others than to see where I am going but I will see how it goes!

  11. avivoca

    watermelon / 14467 posts

    @MamaCate: I would still take mace, but I'm kind of paranoid, especially on the trails.

  12. Truth Bombs

    grapefruit / 4321 posts

    @MamaCate: I agree with @avivoca: . I would be even more inclined to take mace on a trail than road running because there are less likely to be passersby to help you if something went wrong.

  13. Becky

    persimmon / 1390 posts

    Btw I also live in a cold weather climate (long, cold, snowy winters) and we have a weather shield for both our BOB strollers. In a pinch I'll take my older daughter with me in the morning if she wakes up early. I usually wear something bright but definitely need some better night running gear. She usually holds a flashlight in the stroller.

  14. pwnstar

    pear / 1718 posts

    @Mrs. Microscope: "Something always is sacrificed, whether it is your sleep, some house cleaning/chores, or personal time with your kids. You need to decide what works for you." This is exactly it.

    For me, because my youngest wakes up so early, I have moved my workouts to evenings, after both kiddos are in bed. I used to workout (uber consistently) at 4:30 or 5 in the morning, 5-6 days a week. I really miss being able to do that. But not being able to workout at my preferred time is not going to stop me from making it happen. So I do it at the end of the day now. Even when I'm tired. And even when I don't want to and/or there are literally 100 other things that need to get done, I put me at the top of the list and just get it done.

  15. alphagam84

    persimmon / 1095 posts

    I have a BOB running stroller and a trailer to pull behind my bike so I can run or bike with my daughter! She loves it and it is an extra workout with the extra weight! I do two strength workouts at work during lunch as we have a gym at work.

  16. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5257 posts

    I'm currently in the same boat. Haven't exercised for months. My son wakes at 6 or 6:30, I put him to bed at 7:30, and after that I'm just dead tired. I just started a new job that happens to have a gym across the street, so I'm planning to try lunch workouts. Is that an option?


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