How are single mom's supposed to get to the gym or even find a way to work out?

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Chandra - posted on 06/30/2012

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i have a app on my phone and set it up to remind me after she goes to sleep. its a workout app that tells you which exercise to do for how long and even has rest time built in

Melissa - posted on 08/03/2012

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I am in college full time and a single mom and just decided, Enough is enough! I made this commitment that a minimum of 2 days a week with a usual maximum of 3 days a week would be dedicated to working out. On the busier weeks between school and maintaining assignments, I do home workouts with my 'insanity' video -- which actually I get best results from.
Its not about finding the time, its about lowering the expectation and commitment to the time that is available to incorporating fitness into your life.

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2012

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You can also consider working out right after work if your child care is open an hour or so before or after your work (for example if you get off work at 4:30 but you don't have to pick your children up until 6pm). Most day cares only charge by the day. That was always how I got my lawn mowed when my daughter was a toddler.

Also, if you have just one child, consider biking. I love to bike and I have a setup (We-Ride) that attaches to my seat post and makes my bike into a tandem. My daughter can choose not to pedal when she gets tired and pedals when she wants to practice. I had an infant/toddler seat attachment prior to that one and loved it.

Ali - posted on 06/29/2012

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If you have a smart phone you can download the Nike training app. It's a free resource and it is fantastic. Workouts start at 30 minutes. Even if you can fit in a 10 minute workout it is better than nothing. Also, consider being active by running around with your children (hide and seek, tag, soccer, etc.). Again, better than nothing.

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2012

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Do you have any other single mom friends? Maybe you could work a trade out. I do that for my gf, I will watch her kids in the evenings while she goes to the gym and she will watch my kids if I ever need her to and I dont charge her any money as it all evens out in the end.

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Melissa - posted on 08/03/2012

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Download some free APPS on fitness or personal training APP's and commit to even 20 mins a day of workouts at home, inexpensive and really good at building some endurance to get started. Are you in the states or Canada?

Erin - posted on 07/06/2012

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I can't afford a gym but I don't see why you have to have one. You can go out walking with the kids. There are videos and stuff too. I work out chasing the kids basically lol.

Katelyn - posted on 06/29/2012

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at first i thought the same thing. but after awhile i made a deal with my parents to watch my son for atleast an hour out of the day in the evening so i can go work out. it was always hard in the begin but now its alot easier now that he is a little older.

Trista - posted on 06/25/2012

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Have you considered working out at home? I've done that for years, it saves me on gym membership and I don't have to leave my son. He actually enjoys working out with me sometimes. I've gotten into the best shape of my life doing it the at-home workout way.

The Sexy Single Mommy - posted on 06/25/2012

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I have a 9 year old and I go to the gym while he is at school. When he is out of school, I use the childcare at the gym.

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2012

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Even ask your married friends with kids they may need someone to watch their child for an evening or something. Married moms need space too and if they have kids they probably will watch your kids for your gym time. As for single moms in the area just look up single parent support groups in your community.

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That's a perfect idea! Only, I really don't have any that aren't married. I wonder if there is some kind of local community of single moms that I can connect with. I don't even know how to go about doing that, but that would be awesome.

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2012

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I know the YMCA offers childcare and subsidies for memberships so you may want to look into that as well.

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You're lucky Kristen...to have that 16 yo with you to watch the younger ones. Thanks for the thoughts...my other problem is that I want to avoid any extra costs....as money is tight and I will be spending to go to the gym anyway. Most of the gyms that I've checked on don't have child care in the evenings after work. Which is really strange.

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2012

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Well you have to be highly dedicatted and creative lol. Look for a gym that has childcare or ask a friend to watch your kids for gym time 3 nights a week. I work out every morning MOnday to Friday at 6 am to 7am so my oldest son who is 16 will watch my 2 youmger ones (6 and 1). I like early morning as all the kids are still sleeping and it gives me the energy I need to get through the day. However, there are lots of gyms that have childcare available and sunbsidy if you need them or even ask a local teen that you know and trust to babysit when you want to go to they gym.

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