The 5 Best Ways To Workout When You’re a Parent {contributor}

Julie Forbes is back again today with some awesome suggestions for staying active while juggling parenting. Also, that bike? Yeah, I want that in a Zombie apocalypse. 

Remember the days when you would wake up on a Saturday morning, leisurely sip coffee and wait around for enough energy to work-out?  Yeah, I barely remember that either.  Now, you have to schedule it around your work schedule, your husband’s work schedule and the kids’ schedule.  But, if you make it a priority, it can happen.

1. Rise and Shine

5am alarm clock

The early bird catches the worm.  I love to wake up before the kids get up, go for a run, and shower before they wake.  Unfortunately, this always sounds like a better idea when I’m setting my alarm at night, than it does when my alarm clock goes off in the morning.  But, if you can find the inspiration, go catch your warm.

If mornings aren’t your thing, there’s always naptime (if you’re still that lucky).  I have a friend who is lobbying her husband real hard for a spinning bike, so she can take classes from home.  With technology, anything is possible, and it may even cost less than a baby-sitter in the long run.

 2. Make Your Commute a Workout

Yuba Mundo Lux


Check out my ride.  Yeah, we turn heads, and I take it as a compliment.  I recently bought* the Yuba Mundo Lux, and now I can easily get all three kids on the bike with me (there’s even room for a 4th child on the handlebars).   They love it because everywhere we go is an adventure.  And, I love it because I don’t have to carve out extra time for a workout.  With the bags on the side, we can carry all of our library books, groceries and school projects.  If we have a short trip, we take the bike now, instead of the car.  This way, I don’t have to fight for a parking space at school drop-off and pick-up.  Better for the biosphere, my budget and my buns.

3.  If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

kid workout


Pop in a workout DVD or find one on the internet, and get your kids to join in on the workout.  Our kids love to dance along to kickboxing or P90X.  Plus, they don’t make fun of my uncoordinated moves.

4.  Find a Gym with a Daycare

Have you seen some of these places?  There’s a gym in a town near us that has a splash pad, a bounce house and art classes.  (Ummm, would the daycare workers notice if I dropped the kids off and sat in the locker room sipping wine while reading Facebook?  I’d be doing butt clenches while I was doing it, so technically, it would be a workout.)  Seriously, I have friends who plan their workouts on date nights, so they can shower and do their hair and make-up in peace.  Oh yeah, and you can exercise while you’re there too.

5.  Get it in When You Can Fit it in
feet on stairs
Playing on the ground with the little ones?  Do some stomach crunches while you’re at it.  At the playground?  Do some pull-ups.  (Who am I kidding?  I haven’t been able to do a pull-up since the 3rd grade.  But, if I could, I would.)  Playgrounds are full of places to do arm workouts, strengthen your core and stair climb.  Plus, the mere act of playing burns calories.
If all else fails, just chasing your kids is quite a workout.  I have a fitness tracker, and I can’t remember the last time I had under 10,000 steps (and it’s all within our 2,000 square feet house).  The hourly reminder to stand up?  Not needed when you have kids at home.
*I bought the Yuba Mundo Lux at a discount, in exchange for a blog post.  Not because they asked me to, but because I begged them.  I coveted this bike like most women yearn for a designer handbag.  It’s everything I thought it would be.

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  1. But seriously, THAT BIKE. I can’t believe you can tote your whole family on it. I mean, in theory, you could put your husband on the handlebars?

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