Exercise with Children in Tow

9 Aug

While I looooove summer, the only downside is that I don’t have any free time.  I’m finding my house is messier and we have less fresh groceries because every task is kid accompanied…

That includes exercise.  I kickbox at small studio so there’s no daycare like you might find at a gym.   Luckily the kids are comfortable and familiar with the setting so that’s half the battle.

On the days I want to attend a class I start prepping the kids in advance.  We’ll discuss plans for the day in a positive way.  “Mom is going to go kickbox right before we go to the pool.”  This way the focus is on the pool.

Yesterday we had a full day of pool and beach and my husband was working late.  While we were still at the beach I asked the kids if they wanted to stay up late, watch me exercise, and have the potential of a great reward.  They agreed.

Since the class was in the evening I made sure to give them a filling dinner prior to leaving.  And oh my god this was their dinner conversation:
5 year old:  “god’s alive forever”
6 year old:   “yeah he and santa never die”
other 6 year old:   “neither does mrs. claus”

I couldn’t make this stuff up!!!

They each packed up a bag of toys and thing to keep them busy and when we arrived at kickboxing they settled right into their activities.

I got myself a spot in the outer region of class so I could keep ears and eyes on them.

Well they did chastise me a bit about my lack of speed.  I did have to share my water 3 times.  And, I did have to caution them to keep the volume down while they got into a very competitive game of hide and seek.

But otherwise, they really did a great job getting through the hour.

And the best part, for them, was yet to come.  The reward was a visit to Dunkin Donuts which is conveniently located within the same parking lot.  And lucky for them, ice cream addicts, this one has a Baskin Robbins within.

As we left the store x3 cones a guy by the door said to me, “Hey Mommy….you’re doing a great job…a great job…” How random and nice. On the way back to the car we passed 2 people who had kickboxed with me who praised the kids on their excellent behavior! It really helps to get good feedback!

How do you make time to excerise?

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4 Responses to “Exercise with Children in Tow”

  1. memyselfandkids August 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Sounds like you have a good systeme that is working. Good for you.

  2. Mary Ann August 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    That’s great! They know how important this is to you!

    • Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy August 10, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks Mary Ann. I do talk to them a lot about why I exercise. I remember my mother going off to aerobics class when I was younger too!

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