Working full-time means the late afternoons and evenings are taken up with homework, diner and housework. Heading off to the gym is a thing of the past, although I dance once a week (usually) as my ‘escape’. I am, unfortunately, gaining a few pounds lately. The clothes I have managed to somewhat organize in my closet are a little tight. My boobs walk into a room a few seconds before the rest of me. My chin has a twin! You get the idea.
February is also Heart-Health month and my son, Peanut, had been training for Jump-Rope For Heart at school (children asked to be sponsored to jump-rope to raise money for heart disease). He had been jumping rope and was getting quite good. Heart-health is something I take very seriously; my grandfather passed away after a heart-attack and I have a slight murmur. I also know that children are generally not getting the exercise they should in the modern world of driving to school, shortened recess, technological toys and over-scheduled lives. But how could I fit in some more exercise without giving up other things such as time with the family?
Peanut actually came up with a great idea to tackle my desire to exercise more and my need to spend time with him. We would exercise together. He was also learning how to do circuit training in his the Phys. Ed. lessons in fourth grade. Armed with some great exercises, Peanut put together a plan for the pair of us. We started today…gently for Mom…and spent a wonderful hour together. And I really worked up a sweat!
- Warm-up by walking the dog briskly around the block (extra points for getting yet another ‘got to do’ accomplished)
- Jog to end of cul-de-sac and back
- Walk dog again (extra points racking up!)
- Jump-rope for tem minutes (this nearly killed me)
- Push-ups (I used the modified version)
- Cool-down walk
I have to say it was so much fun! I worked on Peanut’s form with some of the movements, and he encouraged me to keep up when I was flagging. The dog thought he was in heaven getting walked so much, although he did want to stop and sniff around which, much to his chagrin, he was was not allowed to do as we were on a mission.
Peanut and I had a bonding session which meant the world to me. Even if we manage to squeeze in a condensed session during the school week, it will give us something to do together which is just for us and helps keep us fit. I am always looking for ways to spend quality time with my sons. Now I can take some pressure off myself as I am also taking care of our health at the same time.
How do you squeeze in time with your children and exercise? Are your schedules as deranged as mine and how do you deal with it all?
- You don’t need a fancy gym membership to be in the best shape of your life. (nancyjohnsonchavez.com)
- Jump Rope to Stay Fit! (fitnessaggregate.wordpress.com)
- 12 Exercises For Heart Health (wildthingsrunfree.com)