As I woke up this morning gathering my thoughts and putting my to-do list together in my head, I realized that I needed to somehow fit a walk with the dog before starting the day. Problem is I find myself more and more being the one walking the dog vs. my husband and I walking the dog and getting some exercise. And when he does decide to go for a walk, the dog and I are so excited because it’s like pulling teeth to get him to ACTUALLY go on a walk with us.
So this morning as I am getting ready to walk the dog, I asked my husband if he would like to join us as he was setting up his play station game Call of Duty…looks like a “no” on his part. Instead of persuading him to come, I walked out and told him we’d be back in an hour or so wondering how am I going to incorporate family exercise time once the new baby arrives?
I then started wondering how does the average mom who puts health as a priority in addition to family time, incorporate exercise with family? As much as I’d like to think that once the baby is born in the summer, I’m going to be back to my workout routine of P90X, running and mountain biking, I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever get my pre-baby physique back.
So my questions to families out there is this…how do you incorporate fitting physical activity with family time? Do you make it a point to go on walks 3 times a week or do you take time babysitting the kids in order for one of you to exercise while the other one watches the kids? And then, the whole time you are working out, do you have that sense of guilt that you should be at home with your family vs at the gym sweating out?
As of right now, I have not figured out a strategy or have come up with a plan of how I’m going to incorporate exercising on top of raising a family and continue my career and education. It will be interesting to see how I will manage and balance my continued healthy lifestyle with the new responsibilities. For now, I’m looking forward to the challenge and figure I will have to be flexible and ride the wave until I figure out what works best for me.