Fitting in Fitness: Guest Post with Stephanie’s Mommy Brain

by Jennifer on August 8, 2012

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Today I share some more ‘Man, this makes sense!’ tips on fitting in fitness with fellow blogger and Tristate Fitness Member, Stephanie of ‘Stephanie’s Mommy Brain

As a homeschool mom of four my children are almost ALWAYS with me and as a single income household I can’t afford a babysitter 3 days a week. So, fitting in fitness requires sacrifices and creativity.

I sacrifice extra sleep and lazy mornings before my husband leaves for work. He supervises the kids’ breakfasts while I throw on my running shoes and go for a 5K training walk/run 3 days a week. On the days I don’t run, I sacrifice “me time” during our after-lunch quiet/nap time. All my kids stay in their rooms doing quiet activities (yes, even the 9 year old!) while I use a workout DVD in the living room.

This fall I will apply some creativity to my fitness routine. My children will all participate in gymnastics classes 2 afternoons a week. This leaves me with an hour to sit and watch them, talk with other waiting moms, and check my social media accounts. OR I could and run/walk the neighborhood around the gym. Spending 45 minutes walking will be much better use of my time than discussing the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars with Mary’s mom!

Another creative idea I have is a Body Weight Exercise Challenge. Starting this week I will set a timer for one hour. When the timer goes off my kids and I will meet in the living room. There we will all do 10 push-ups, planks, crunches, jumping jacks, and other body weight exercises for 10 minutes. Then we’ll go back to our activities until the timer goes off again in an hour.

Awesome suggestions right? What are your tips for Fitting In Fitness?



Stephanie Kay August 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks for letting me guest post, Jennifer! I’m still a fitness newbie trying to create exercise habits for myself. It’s slow going, but I’ll get there eventually.

Kristin Wheeler (MamaLuvsBooks) August 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

It’s so hard to find time to fit exercise in! I know you have to make a special effort, but it is so important for your overall health! Great post Stephanie!

Debi Stangeland August 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Good post. I recommend It’s 16 minutes 3x per week.

I do that and this summer while my kids have been in tennis lessons I have been in the gym. I’m 10 lbs down and in really good shape. It’s been fun.

I believe if your kids see you working out they will automatically accept it as part of your family life. I’ve done that since my kids were babies. They just expect me to do a DVD or something else every day. They even ask me “Did you do your work out?” It’s just part of my life and theirs.

Keep it up!!

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