Okay. As most of you probably already know – I don’t have small children. At least, not any that I know of.
However, in 2009, I started nannying for a family with small, small children. That family referred me to about four other families with small, small children. All of whom needed some kind of caregiver. As a result, I spent quite a chunk of time immersed completely in Play-doh, Peppa Pig, drool, nappies and threatening phone calls to Santa Claus.
So believe me when I say that I know it’s difficult to exercise when you have small children. They’re demanding, they’re distracting, they’re TIRING. Heck, I could give them back at the end of the day, and yet I’d still go home and collapse in a heap on my bed.
Nevertheless – you can’t really afford to give up all semblance of a workout routine until said children are all grown up and enrolled in university degrees. By then, it will sadly be too late. You have to get onto it now – and your mental and your physical health will thank you for it.
Here are some of the tips I’ve gathered – feel free to add your own in the comments!
1. Work out at home while they’re sleeping/locked in a playpen
Working out at a gym can take up a lot of precious time that you may not have. Also, it may also require the transportation of children, and then you have to find adequate care for them while you slave away on the elliptical – and not all gyms have great day cares, or even offer daycare at all.
Staying at home for your workout will make your life a thousand times easier. It saves you time, because you don’t have to put on any pants or do anything with your hair or struggle to find the car keys. Also – you can do it at anytime. In the morning, before your kids get up, or at night after they go to bed, if you’re not too tired.
2. Use exercise as your me-time
Every lady needs me-time. Especially when you are covered in snot, kiddie yogurt and various other unmentionable substances.
But instead of using your me-time to get your nails done or to catch up on back-to-back episodes of Real Housewives of Wherever – why not use it for exercise purposes? It’ll make you fitter, healthier and happier – after all, those exercise endorphins work wonders.