The Balancing Act of Family & Fitness
November 19, 2013
Whether your little ones are 4 months, 4 years or 14 years, they all demand plenty of your time and attention. Between diaper changes, Gymboree class or swim practice, plus work & home commitments, how do you find time for your own fitness?
I am still trying to find the answer to that question! I have much more experience with fitness than motherhood – I’m a lifetime swimmer & runner and a 10-year triathlete. I’ve been teaching fitness classes and coaching triathletes for eight years. But, I’ve only been at this motherhood thing for four months!
Here are a few of tips I’m trying to incorporate into my own routine:
1) Work out with your kids. Whether it’s going for a run with the jogging stroller, walking your third grader to school, or kicking around the soccer ball with your 14 year old, it all counts as movement…and quality time spent with your kids.
2) Get some YOU time. On the other hand, one of the best parts of exercise is time to blow off steam and clear your mind…alone. Find the one thing you want to do for you each week – spin class, swimming laps, a Pilates class – and put it in your calendar as YOU time. Of course, if the kids aren’t in school yet, you’ll need to lean on a supportive partner/friend/neighbor/babysitter to make this work.
3) Workout before or after bedtime. You know whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, so use that time before the kids wake up or after they go to bed to go for a run, hop on the bike trainer, or break out the yoga mat or dumbbells. Even if it’s as simple as doing sit-ups or push-ups while you watch Modern Family, squeeze it in when you can!
4) Set a goal. Whether it’s your first 5K or your tenth marathon, signing up for a race and having a training plan gives you motivation to get out and move. So grab a girlfriend and choose a race, like shemoves Atlanta 5K, Reindeer Romp!
About our Author: Karen Killough is a triathlete, swim and fitness coach, and a first-time mom.
shemoves wants to hear from you! How do YOU balance fitness and family? Send us your suggestions (shemovesATL@gmail.com) and we’ll share them with the shemoves community.