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WOHM: When do you fit in exercise?

  1. nwm

    clementine / 830 posts

    this has definitely been a huge struggle for me and i'm interested to hear more about the lunchtime routine working for folks! if you do shower, do you ignore your hair? or return to work with wet hair? i think i would want to rinse off at least, but if i took the time to shower, wash hair, and THEN dry hair and refresh makeup, i'd be out of work for longer than i think i can really afford. would love to hear if folks have tips or tricks for making that work and getting in and out in ~1 hour.

  2. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    I am making to the gym now, but that's recent! For the first nine months of LO2's life, I just squeezed in little bursts here and there--things that worked muscles but wouldn't make me sweat, so I could do them anytime. Squats, wall presses, side steps, etc. I would most often do them while the kids played or while watching a show. My three year-old is always asking me to play tag too.

  3. pachamama

    nectarine / 2436 posts

    @buttermilk: I have to creep so my 2 year old doesn't wake up. I leave at 5, he's always up by 545. Why does your daughter have to wake up if you go early?

  4. MamaCate

    pomegranate / 3595 posts

    @buttermilk: try the morning workouts I love them! Is there any way to get out of the house? I leave the house around 6 four mornings a week and run 2 miles (there is a trail right there) so I am back in 20 minutes. DH runs the other days. 2 other mornings I do HIIT in the house, again for like 20 minutes.

    Kids are usually up and we park them in front of the iPad for that time period. I can live with 2”-3” minutes of dumb amazon prime shows for the benefit I get from exercising. When I am home they sometimes come exercise with me but usually pick shows.

    The more you get in the routine the easier it gets. Take advantage of the early sunlight and try it. But if it isn’t working for you now you can always try again in a little bit. It took a while for me to get in a groove that worked but I have been running pretty consistently since July and have been even more in track since January.

    Also running and leaving the house while the kids are awake sort of feels like getting away with something—go with that! 😛

  5. Dahlia

    clementine / 935 posts

    I didn't start going to the gym again until DD was 2 1/2. I either go during the work day, or I have DH watch her from about 5:30-6:30 so I can go before dinner.

  6. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    @buttermilk: not a wohm but my kids LOVE working out with me. DS is 4 and is like a personal trainer. "Mommy, are you going to do another one?" They watch, try some of the stuff, wander around with weights, climb under me if I'm on the floor. For AM workouts, I'd either get an ok to wake clock and have her stay in her room till it's time to get up, or just let her hang out with you. She might surprise you.


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