Toddler and homework and work and ... exercise??

Ali - posted on 12/19/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have decided to shape up this holiday and was wondering if anyone has any good (low-budget and home-bound) exercise routines that they've used to help them. I'd like to involve my two-and-a-half-year-old son because at the same time I'd like to get myself into shape I think that exercising in the morning helps him to consentrate better during the day. I've considered doing an early morning exercise routine using DVD's or something, but I am open to ideas. That being said, does anyone know of any good DVD's of this sort? I haven't even started looking.

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Lady - posted on 01/15/2009

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i was wondering if you live in the northeast and whether you have verizon TV or not... Because in VErizon ondemand they have exercise tv which is a collection of different exercises routine (more than 50) that are free to vieew.. They also change the selection every month so there is always something new!!!! I know it soudns like a commercial but jus trying to help LOL

User - posted on 01/14/2009

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I'm a true believer of the taebo DVDs because they incorporate both cardio while sculpting all those problem areas we moms have while learning to defend yourself (if you really need to!) Plus I always manage my time with school and all and doing cardio and weight training in two different sesssions is too time consuming you get two exercise regimes in 45-50 minutes plenty of time before the kids get up for breakfast! Plus I try to eat whole grain foods like cereal or whole wheat sandwiches for two meals of the day then a regular meal (keeping portion sizes small) and two to three snacks in between like fruit or nuts while remembering to keep hydrated with water WIC provides whole wheat cereal options so this will help with budgeting money and also provides some milk to add to cereal...saving money while going to school is a necessity! Sometimes I start my day with a whole wheat toast with nutella chocolate spread always a healthy choice...or just go for a stroll around the block pushing the stroller...be creative with your exercises...park farther away from the grocery store...etc!

Angie - posted on 01/14/2009

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I found a GREAT workout DVD. It's Minna Lessig Strength and Grace. Cardio, pilates, and yoga all in one 45 min workout. All of Minna's DVDs are good, but that's my fav. She's perky and nice without being sickeningly perky, you know?!!?

Ali - posted on 01/14/2009

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Thanks for all the great advise ladies! I've been getting up at 6am every morning to play a CD with fun songs like "Fly" by Sugar Ray. My son and I stretch and do simple excersizes (like jogging on the spot) that help us wake up. This is working for me so far, but I`m still thinking about joining the school gym to help with my weight loss. The biggest improvement for me has been that I`m generally happier and less stressed in the morning and for him, he`s been more able to consentrate throughout the day on `sit-down` activities like reading and drawing.

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Between work, school, and kid, I don't really have time to do a full workout! I tend to park on the far side of campus, leaving myself a 1.5 mile (to and from!) walk for class. On weekends I take my son (2yr, 3mth) on campus to let him run around, so chasing him is a good workout too! I also try to do a yoga video in the evenings before I go to bed--it just helps me to unwind.

Tricia - posted on 01/04/2009

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I had really good luck with Gilad dvds and they are old enough that you can probably get them for the library.

Heather - posted on 01/01/2009

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If you have directv there is a great yoga class on in the am...very family friendly to get down on the floor and stretch. My daughter likes to do the exercises with me...in her own way and she cheers me on when I start to tire out! Good luck!

Marnae - posted on 12/30/2008

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We bought ourselves a low-end elliptical last Christmas and I run on that every other day after my son's bath so he naps during that time. The other days I wait until my husband gets home and let him watch/play with our son so I can do my yoga video for 30 minutes or so. I use the gaiam dvd's from target the one I'm using now is Yoga for Weight Loss. I also am starting in on Yoga/Pilates for Abs. My son is only 5 months old and not mobile yet however. But on this exercise schedule I have actually dropped two pants sizes in the last month!! So I'm keeping at it! Good luck with whatever you find!

Erin - posted on 12/27/2008

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Haha meant to add that it never hurts to be strong when a mother, there is so many times when you have to carry a child that is injured or sick or asleep.

Erin - posted on 12/27/2008

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Weight lifting is always good, and doesnt mean you are going to end up looking like Mr T! You dont even need a set of weights, just use household items, start with a can (400gm catfood, baked beans etc) in each hand, build up to 2 litre juice bottles of water. Leg lifts can be fun for your son, sit on the lounge, make sure your back is supported well, hold tummy muscles tight (very good work for them too) and put legs out straight infront, ankles and knees together, then get your song to sit on your feet and wrap his arms around your knees . Lift legs slowly and carefully. You get exercise, he gets an amusement park type ride. Also you can do arm lifts with your son hanging onto your arm between your wrist and elbow and gently lifting him off the floor. Make sure your stance is straight and square and tummy muscles are locked tight to avoid injuries to your back.



Hope that helps. Oh and pushups, lol start small and work up to being able to put son on your back (like a mother and baby koala or possum) and doing them.

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