What are some of the things you’ve done to fit in exercise with the demands of your family?
LIVE STREAM exercise classes work well with me. I prepare kids in the morning, work (while doing laundry on the side), finish work and then exercise before dinner prep.
Just the other day, while doing LIVE STREAM Barre from home, I put the instructor on mute, followed her visually. And at the same time, I listened to the school Zoom presentation! I knew it wasn’t ideal, but I didn’t want to miss the class.
I try to be active on the weekends, too. The kids and I often go and explore the outdoors, bush walk, clean the house, or shopping and cooking. During lockdown and remote learning, I used to take my kids out to nearby park/suburb around 4-6 pm. We just walk and scooter around the blocks before dinner. A good tip is to open google map and look at the green area and zoom in to find new parks.
Currently during school pick-up, the parents are met by an educator at the gate and ask them to call our kids out. During that 5-7 minutes waiting, I walk about at the school gate.
I do the same during my children’s music lessons. And sometimes, I’d arrive 30 minutes early and walk the rest of the way to the music teacher’s studio.
I just changed one of my child’s music lesson and drop-off pick-up roster with my husband, so I can join Friday afternoon Yoga.
I know it can be hard to find a nice 45 to 60-minute block of time to exercise when you have children, I guess the key is to be creative and always adjust and find a way to fit in small bits of exercise into the ever-changing schedule. Every little bit counts! – exercise doesn’t have to be in large blocks.