Go Ahead, Shoot Me Son!
6 Steps to getting a workout done around children.
by Kayla Howard
Hold up number three preventing ladies from getting a workout done seems to be the kids. This is a true difficulty— especially if your children are young! When I started exercising (T-Tapp), I had three very young children. They were then 4, 2 and 8 months old. It’s been 5.5 years since I started, and we all survived it. So, I’m going to share my secrets!
This will be a tightrope act as I have no desire to offer parenting advice. I do not yet feel qualified to do so. It’s more of, “this is what worked for me, take what works for you and apply it, leave what does not.”
So jumping right in…
#1 It is okay for babies to entertain themselves.
Playpen time won’t hurt your child and can be a lifesaver. A few interesting toys to chew on, and a few minutes might work wonderful. We personally enforced this for our first child and wish we would have for the others. If we were ever blessed with more children, I would do it again. This one is definitely a matter of parenting styles.
#2 I know nap time is precious time, but gaining better health is precious.
I know, I know, I did not want to give up my time alone either. When everyone was napping, that’s the time I wanted to spend doing something fun for me. However, the energy I found from actually doing my workouts became so precious to me, that I would do a workout during naptime if that is what needed done. I was flabbergasted how much energy I had left over at the end of day two months into doing T-Tapp. Prior to T-Tapp, I was always exhausted before the day was even over.
#3 Go ahead, shoot me son!
Creating some fun-ness to this time can help. A deal that my son, who gave me the most trouble while I was working out, and I made was this; he can shoot me with his Nerf gun, only while I am working out. Hey, it challenges my balance and concentration more, and he has a great time. If you don’t let your children shoot at humans, I’m sure you can come up with another fun idea. My littlest two will even occasionally join me!
#4 New and exciting toys help.
For small children this is a box of toys that only comes out during mommy’s workout, and gets put away when it’s done. Play dough was another favorite in our house. You HAVE to be strict about the box of toys coming out, and going away. If you aren’t, they will get dull real quick and this trick won’t work anymore.
For medium to older age children, stories on tape or CD are a big hit! They can sit and listen quietly in their room while you squeeze in a workout. We don't personally do a lot of "screen time," or time in front of the TV.
#5 Getting up early is better than staying up late.
The temptation for moms is to stay up late and do a workout. If that works good for you, fine. However, it would be better for your health to set your alarm 15 minutes before your kids usually wake up and squeeze in a workout earlier. Remember, those hours of sleep before midnight are worth two for every one after midnight.
#6 It’s just part of life sweetheart.
Ultimately, there were days I did not do any of the above, I just worked out with kids crying, running around, making a mess or lying on the floor next to me whining. Even though it was hard at first, it really did not take long before they just left off the drama and played quietly because, well, this was just part of our lives. It’s like the very first 3-4 workout sessions I taught on Skype this year. It was new, the kids were told that this was time for them to play in their room, (they are only 30 minutes) and if they did something naughty, there would be consequences. Because I was disciplined to follow through with consequences the first few times they did not obey, they are totally great now! I only had to excuse myself from a couple calls before the kids understood, this is just something I do, and it’s their time to play together nicely!
What do you do as a mom? How to you fit your workouts in? If you share them HERE, we can all benefit!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you'd like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org