Post # 1
First of all: do any of you exist?
If so, how do you do it? I currently have my daughter in daycare 8:45 to 5:15 five days a week while I work, and the idea of leaving her there for an extra hour (at least) while I work out, sounds awful. But my husband is insisting that “we both” start working out every day. (I still haven’t lost about 15 lbs of baby weight from my 10 month old.)
So, working mamas, how do you guys do it? Do you just ignore the guilt? Think that it’s important enough for your health that it is worth it? Do something else with the baby? Alternate pickups/dropoffs with your s/o so that the baby can at least be with one of you rather than at day care?
It feels like I already don’t have enough time in the day with my baby, so I’m just wondering how other moms do it! Thanks so much.
Post # 2
Is it possible to work out during your lunch? I was planning to do that once I go back to work after my baby is born (I’m 39 weeks right now).
Post # 3
I would take that time after work and get your workout in. You don’t necessarily have to work out every single day and having that bit of “me” time between work and picking up your child will do you both the world of good. Exercise makes you happy and, if you’ve had a bad day at work, then having that time to de-stress is vital.
I am currently only 7 weeks pregnant but when I return to work I plan on taking time to go for a run between finishing work and picking my child up on two afternoons a week. If I don’t do it then, I won’t be able to run.
Post # 4
I don’t have a baby yet, but I exercise a lot. If it were me, I would exercise Saturday and Sunday, and then 2 days during the work week. There’s no need to exercise 7 days a week. Your husband could even exercise 5 days a week, with the week days being opposite to yours, and you wouldn’t need extra day care. Or, I would get some good DVDs or a treadmill, wake up an hour earlier, and do it before work. It’s not a good idea to go from nothinf to exercising every day anyway.
Post # 5
I’ve seen mom’s in my neighborhood work out with their kids. They might have a jogging stroller, or an attachment for their bike for the kids to ride around in.
You could also ask your husband to watch your daughter while you work out, and just work out Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Post # 6
When my son was born I started working out 6 days a week. Because I didn’t want to just go to the gym everyday I got p90x and worked out at home. I would do it either early in the morning or afree ds had gone to sleep. at home workouts get a bad rep but I think they are a must when you have a LO at home.
Post # 7
hippomama: Well, I’m not full-time anymore, but I work part-time and worked full time for my daughter’s first year. I work out 6 days a week using home workout programs either immediately after my daughter goes to bed or EARLY before she wakes. I mostly use Beachbody programs – Insanity, 21 Day Fix, Les Mills Pump, Turbofire, P90 series. I love them, hubby and I are in great shape thanks to these programs. I do go to a workout class once a week or so, also, just to get out.
Post # 8
I don’t work out that much…and I love to work out and I worked out that much before baby. My goal is Saturday and Sunday and then 2 days a week (after she goes to bed). Can you go after the baby goes to sleep? I only get to see her from 5-7:30pm on the weekdays so I just can’t bring myself to workout during those times. I would never see her! I’d just rather spend what time I have with her and try to fit working out in at other times. It’s just unrealistic to spend that hour at the gym after work.
Also, I’m desperately waiting for the days to lengthen and warm up some because what I did before winter was to take her with me running in the stroller. Hoping I will get to do some more weeknight quick runs next month. Winter has really been awful for working out
Another idea is to workout in the morning but my baby still wakes up overnight so it’s just not possible for me to get up even earlier and miss out on sleep. So no go there for me but it could be for someone whose baby sleeps all night.
We also like to bike and will eventually get an attachment so she can ride with us and then we can go together when it warms up. I am hoping we can do that this summer. We couldn’t last summer because she was too small for it. I am guessing they need to be at least 1 yr old?
I loved maternity leave because I worked out 5days a week no problem!
Oh, and I don’t think you need to workout everday. That is a bit unrealistic. You need breaks to let your body rest. I’d say 5 days is more than enough.
Post # 9
Bumping to follow!
No baby yet, but I am one of those exercise fanatics. I plan on getting a jogging stroller (I’m already a runner) and swapping gym days with Darling Husband in the evening. I don’t know how I’ll manage, but working out is my sanity and I will find a way. I hope.
Post # 10
I’m not pregnant and I don’t have any kids BUT I have been a member at a few Crossfit Gyms and they’re all very family friendly.
Many have daycares during certain hours, or, at the one i’m at now, this couple brings their baby and just has him sit in the corner while they workout, or as he got older they have a pop up play pen thing they just put off to the side. I should also mention he’s a great baby and has been at the gym since he was born so he’s used to the loud music and the people.
Post # 11
hippomama: Nope. I loved working out prior to her birth, but at year and a month, I just watch what I eat better, and try to do more at work (take stairs, etc) and I do run three times a week, and do some at home exercises so that I can spend time with her instead of the gym. My husband and I currently have opposite schedules so that she can be watched by one of us all the time. So my husband works out after work (Tuesday and Thursday) and Saturday, Sunday and Monday when I’m at home with her. I work out Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening, and then the rest of the days I do some other home exercises. For me, I chose time with my daughter over exercise (probably why I’ve gained a bit). I hoping when she’s older, it will be easier for me to work out.
Post # 12
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Ermmmmmm why is your husband insisting that you work out every day, so you finish losing your baby weight?!? I’d tell him to mind his own damn business! Sheesh!!!
As to your question, yeah what about a jogging stroller or DVDs that you can do at home while the baby (hopefully) entertains herself or naps?
Post # 13
hippomama: Who says you have to go to a gym? I have a friend who decided to really make a turn around in terms of working out- she does all of it fro home and has amazing results (she has an online group that I follow- so she posts pics all the time).
Shaun T could really help you out- and you could work out in the morning before work or after with baby at home.
It just seems a bit much to leave her at daycare everyday for an extra hour- why don’t you guys pic her up and go home and take her on walks? There are so many other ways to get fitness/physical time in besides hitting a gym. I personally think gyms are kind of gross, anyway.
I lost 25 pounds just being a server in the evening- at a popular, nationwide place that isn’t exactly known for healthy food – and I’d eat there often, especially if I was going from one place to the next without time to pack something.
Post # 14
hippomama: I’m almost 39 weeks right now and I have already signed up for Beach Body because I had the same concerns. I know I wont want to be separated from the baby for longer than I have to, but I want to get back in shape ASAP. So, I’ll do Insanity DVDs at home! It actually works out being cheaper than a gym membership because you can do the DVDs again and again. I have several friends who have had babies in the last year and have had amazing results!