It’s no secret that since having Poppet 18 months ago, I have found it hard to fit in regular work-outs. Â In some ways it is easier today than when she was a newborn, but the motivation is not quite the same. Â I find myself getting used to the “new” me. Â I also find myself more tired from chasing around a mobile Poppet! Â Nevertheless, there are many reasons I want to exercise, and maintaining weight is just one of them. Â Here are some tips and tricks if you find yourself in the same boat.
1. Â Quiet Time.Â If your own poppet is old enough to understand “Quiet” than take advantage of it. Â I pull out a mat, and every time Poppet sees it she knows that it means 2 things. Â #1 – She’s gonna have to sit on it and be somewhat quiet, and #2 – She’s gonna get to play with all the fun things in the Mummy’s Lug Taxi Tote that she doesn’t get to touch anytime she is not on the mat. Â This allows me time to read, cook, or exercise!
2. Â Let them see you exercise. Â Research has shown time and again that the habits we learn as young children stick with us throughout our lives. Â This can be anything from eating habits, tv watching habits, sleeping habits, and exercise! Â If they see you move they are more likely to move themselves. Â Poppet literally runs circles around me and tries to pick up my weights when she sees Mummy exercising.
3. Â Naptime. Â Naptime is the perfect opportunity to exercise if you don’t want to feel like you are running an obstacle course at the same time. Â I make sure to fit it in right at the beginning of Poppet’s nap so I’m almost complete assured she won’t wake up and interrupt me.
4. Â Bedtime.Â This follows right on the heels of the point above. Â For me this is my least ideal time to exercise as it pumps me up and I can’t fall asleep easily. Â But for my hubby, as soon as I head to nurse Poppet he heads to the basement and pulls out the exercise equipment.
5. Â Go for a walk.Â This can be as simple as a stroll after dinner, to making an effort to walk to the grocery store, do your shopping, and walk home with all your goods and poppets in tow.
6. Â Avoid family parking spots.Â As much as I love them, every little bit counts when you are trying to fit exercise in. Â Make sure to pick a spot further from the door and walk the extra bit.
7. Â Take the stairs.Â If you have somewhere to go, don’t take the elevator, venture up the staircase instead. Â This can also apply at home. Â Why pile all your things to go upstairs on a step to carry up at bedtime. Â Take multiple trips up each time a new item needs to change floors and you’ll find yourself mastering the old-fashioned stair-stepper!
8. Â Play in the Park.Â Poppet has taken to bringing her jacket to Papa or I and insisting on “Side, Side!” Â We thought this was cute and thought she wanted to go outside, until we realized she was really saying “Slide, Slide!” Â An even better workout having to lift her up to the big slide 50 times a day!
9. Â Wrestle on the Floor. Â Remember, when for seemingly no reason, your dad would wrestle you to the floor and give you a noogie, or catch you between his ankles and not let you go? Â Chances are he was trying to whittle down his waistline while making it fun for you too! Â Okay, maybe not, but it can have that effect. Â And what better way to burn a couple of calories than spending time together with your kids!
What ways do you fit exercise and fitness into your busy daily life! Â Let us know in the comments below!
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