Sometimes making exercise happen is easier said than done, especially if you have a littleAnother excuse is, “I don’t have anywhere to exercise, and I can’t afford a fancy gym.” Again, any preachy response to this = not cool. How about I just tell you what I do for exercise instead?
hellion angel around the house. A common
excuse for not exercising is, “I don’t have time!” Common responses to this
excuse include “You have to make time, get up earlier, make it more of a
priority, etc.” I say, tell that to a busy mom! Sometimes advice for how to carve
out time for exercise can come across as annoyingly preachy and out-of-touch; I
bet that nine times out of ten it comes from non-moms, anyway. I’m not going to
go there in this forum.
YogaLove it! I try to get in some yoga whenever and wherever I can. I’m very lucky that my neighborhood community center offers free yoga classes. Also, there’s a local yoga studio that offers discounted classes – only $5 a class. Maybe you have something like that in your area? I go to the yoga studio at night sometimes when my husband can watch my daughter – it makes for nice mommy-alone time.
Also, our TV cable package offers kid-friendly yoga lessons on-demand. My daughter and I love to do those together. (She likes them so much that she has since taken her own kid-friendly yoga classes!)
Another duh! Walking is free, and you can do it almost anywhere. I work from home, so I’m lucky that it’s pretty easy to squeeze in 20-minute walks here and there. I even have some hand weights I bought at the dollar store that I carry during my walks. Also, we live right near a huge city park, so we walk over there all the time to go to the community farmers’ market, the playground, festivals or any of the other numerous activities held there.
Pool timeSpeaking of our nearby city park – it has a public pool that is pretty inexpensive. This year I decided to buy a city recreational facility year pass for just around $100, which gets me into the pool whenever I want. I’m working with my daughter on her swimming, so that provides yet another opportunity for mommy-daughter activity time.
Alternative to a regular gym
That same city pass gets me into the workout room at the local community center; the room has stationary bikes, treadmills, weights, etc. It’s SO much cheaper than paying a monthly fee at a gym. I try to go during the day around lunch time. Not sure, but I bet this kind of inexpensive option might be available in other areas. For example, when I lived in Arlington, VA, years ago, I joined the community center there for really, really cheap. (I’ve also joined the Y in the past – not as cheap as the community center option, but may be less expensive as some of those fancier chain gyms.)
Playing with my active daughter is fun, and I count it as exercise! In addition to the TV yoga lessons and swimming, here are some of the things we do together:
· Running up and down stairs in our house – we count each other’s laps!
· Playing soccer or Frisbee in the background
· Playing on the playground
Speaking of playgrounds, check out this playground workout.Anyway, that’s what I do.
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