Exercise with children

Maggie - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I desperately try to work out at home because I can't leave during the day (my husband and I share a car). I find it impossible to break away when my husband gets home from work MOST days, I just have too many chores I get a sad face from my husband ("don't leave me alone with these kids!") dinner needs to be prepared. Seems the only time that I am sitting around doing nothing is in the morning, but I just can't seem to get the kids to stop trying to climb all over me while I'm exercising. My question is: is it wrong to buy a gate and literally trap them in their room while I workout? I don't want to have to do that but I feel it's the only way to get a workout. These kids are very small, 1 and 2 years old, so I can't reason with them.

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Cori - posted on 10/16/2009

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i hate it when my husband gives me the sad "dont leave me here with the kid" look and i tell him to stuff it, i am alone with him all the time, he can handle a couple hours PLUS you NEED mommy time and thats what i use as gym time.

Carmen - posted on 10/16/2009

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There is nothing wrong in my opinion of "blocking them off" from you when you are trying to accomplish something when they may impede your progress of be less then helpful. I have purchased a gate that I use to block my children from being in the kitchen while I am trying to load/unload the dishwasher. As I have a 3 yr old that is trying to "help" by handing me glasses & plates & a 1 yr old who is trying to grab knives, forks, & etc. I know that they are safe where they are, I can see them, & they have things to occupy themselves.

Faith - posted on 10/16/2009

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What about giving them something to do while you do your workout? You could keep them close to watch them and maybe let them color with some washable crayons. Or you could even see if they want to exercise with you. My kids are a little older (4 and 5) but they love to do what mommy does. If these things don't work then I don't see a problem with keeping them in a room with some toys and where they can't hurt themselves for a little bit while you do your workout. Also, what about going for a walk. It is good exercise and the kids would be able to be involved in that as well and they may enjoy it. You deserve mommy time too. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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