Fitting in a workout... realistically!

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Full-time working mom (working from home with an "in theory" flexible schedule), with a wonderful full-time working husband, and an energetic almost 3 year-old daughter. I am 27 weeks pregnant with a baby boy. - I need to fit in a simple workout, like brisk walking which seems the easiest to do. But in reality... I have trouble getting in 8 hours of work, besides all other chores! And Alaska's winter is coming closer with less daylight. That makes it even harder to fit in a walk before 8:30 AM. Am I just lazy, or is no other working mom admitting that it's close to impossible to fit in a regular exercise routine of 3-times a week, maybe an hour long??? And then of course, I have to catch up on my work hours. My daughter does NOT stay in the stroller or in the bike trailer anymore, ugh! - I am curious to hear comments and hopefully get some advice and tips too. Thanks to all working moms in this Circle.

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Gail - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hiya, i work for a ladies fitness facility named Curves which promote a 30 min workout that is fun, fast and safe. The great thing about this facility is the timing is albout what would suit your needs and its easier to fit in when you can simply pop when possible. Curves is almost all over the world, there might be one close by if its of any interest

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2009

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Hi Debbie,

I know what you mean an hour workout no one has time for!! I just ordered Tony Hortons 10 min. Trainer I love it and it works!! Ten min. and I'm about ready to pass out. LOL. With you expecting it may be to much but it does come with yoga. Ask your doctor.Congrats on your new one. Good Luck

Donna - posted on 09/25/2009

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Oh god No you are not lazy.. as a mom of 2 teenagers and a fulltime nurse I find that I am so tired after work all I want to do is sleep!!! plus I know what you mean about the less daylight.. in the prairies we have the same problems.. What I am trying to do currently is walking my dog and getting some free weights to use while I walk.. start out slowly like 20 minutes 3 times a week with 5 pound weights on your wrists or ankles... also look at a yoga or dance class.. I live in a very rural area so I am looking at discs and even a Wii fit... just don't give up girl

Jill - posted on 09/25/2009

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WhenI went back to work after my daughter now (3 1/2) i joined a women's gym and they had a "lunch hour" areobic class which worked GREAT for me. I then ate my sandwhich on my way back to work. Now i'm planning on doing the same when i go back after my son (on Oct 5th). That is the ONLY time i get to myself.

Alison - posted on 09/25/2009

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I just signed up at the gym next to the office for lunch-hour work-outs. I will be content if I can fit in 3 30 minute work-outs in my week.



If you are in Alaska, I would encourage you to take a lunch-time walk (30 min.), that will help fight the winter blues!

Sharon - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have a 6 year old and a 4.5 year, work fulltime outside the home, and have a very helpful husband that works shift work. I have to say he does a fair amount of cleaning on his days off when he can. I recently changed by work hours to accomodate the daycare dropping off my oldest daughter at school in the morning, and no finish work at 4 pm most days. So, instead of getting the kids from daycare right away, i am trying to go home and do an aerobics dvd for 20-30 minutes first. So far, I have only done that twice, but if I can try to do this twice each week, at least that is better than nothing, right? I also don't want to give up much more time with the kids than I already do. We also try to do active excursions whenever possible, but that's not always easy either!

Dorcas - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have a three and a half year old, a two year old, and I am 31 weeks pregnant. And I work 40 hours a week outside the home. I don't really get a set work out in. Unless you count getting up off the couch every five minutes to help one of them with something.

Devon - posted on 09/24/2009

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I feel the same... I have a 2-year old and I am 17 weeks pregnant... i find it impossible to fit in 3 regular workouts a week... i go for short walks a few times a week but nothing close to the recommended 45-60 minute workouts 3-4x a week... i am also a shift worker so am always changing from days to nights and back again... I find it exhausting and when I do have the time I am more likely to take a nap than exercise...i would also love advice on how to fit it in

Dianna - posted on 09/24/2009

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I am new to the Circle of Moms and I would love to hear advice on getting a work out in with a full day of work and "MOM" duties. I have one 6year old son and I keep him active with sports but getting the time in to have a workout for myself is hard. I feel like if I were to join a gym and pay all that money when do I actually have time without taking the LITTLE time I have to spend with my son. I feel selfish wanting to take the time away from spending with my son to get a workout in. This is great, there are other woman out there that feel the same and are going thru the same things I do.

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