My husband will be very happy with my blog this month and he deserves all the accolades I’m about to bestow. I’m able to exercise after my second child because I have a very supportive husband. He knows how important it is for me to exercise. I’m sure he’d add that I’m always a little happier after a good workout so he benefits too.
Back when my daughter was born, she and I would go on an hour long walk together after work. When she was 6 months old, I got a jogging stroller and we started running together. It was great. We had a lot of fun together.
In March of this year, I gave birth to a son. My stroller walk approach was great when I had one child, but with a two year old and an infant, I’m lucky if we can make it the 200 yards to our neighborhood park. At this stage, I have to find time away from the kids to get a good cardio workout. I count all the lifting of them I do during the day as my strength training workout.
I tried waking up early to exercise before the kids were awake, but then my son decided to wake up early too. I finally had to admit that I needed help.
I told my husband that I was getting frustrated and wanted to find a way to workout. I didn’t have to workout every day like I used to. I’d be content with setting a goal of working out twice a week. He offered to help me have some time to invest in myself.
My routine is a little different than it used to be too. I love to run outside, but there are times when I use the home gym so I can help my husband if needed. We have an exercise area in the basement with plenty of exercise DVD’s, a treadmill and an elliptical machine.
Making time to exercise is a challenge when you have very young kids. Asking for help, whether it’s a supportive spouse, extended family, or a good friend, can make all the difference.