Exercising; how I make it work with 3 kids

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The number question I get, “How do you make time to exercise with 3 kids?”

I’m not perfect, some days it just doesn’t happen, but 95% of the time I MAKE it happen. I need that time for me, and I’m a better mom if I get a little ‘me time’ in each day. It can definitely get tricky when you have a busy schedule but kids or no kids, everyone is busy and everyone has to make a conscious effort to be healthy. So, I’m going to share my biggest tips to making exercise a part of your everyday life.

  1. Find a time that you are most likely to be active. For me, the morning I’m most energized and most likely to get in a great workout. I have a routine, and my kids know and are use to it. We get up, eat breakfast, the kids get dressed(or I dress them) for the day and then I change into my workout clothes. They get to watch a show and eat a snack while I run(my treadmill is upstairs in the guest room, they watch TV in the family room and I can see them through a camera). My baby still takes a morning nap, so I start my workout as soon as she goes down(about 8:45am). If I’m doing a BBG(Bikini Body Guide) workout I usually just do it in the family room with the kids all around me. SOMETIMES our mornings are crazy, so I sneak in my workout as soon as my baby goes to bed at about 7pm and Josh will put the other 2 to bed. **Once my baby consistently sleeps through the night(she’s almost there!) I’ll try and run before everyone wakes up, like 6am**
  2. Make your workout fun for the kids. Like I mentioned above, my older kids get to watch TV and eat a fun snack(chocolate milk, a fruit snack, etc). If my 2 year old, Lily wants to be in the treadmill room with me I have a pack n play set up with fun toys. Some days Lily just doesn’t want me to workout, so if it’s nice out I put the girls in the stroller and go for a walk while J rides his scooter. My neighborhood is mostly hills so it’s a decent workout.
  3. Be Flexible. As a stay at home mom, finding time for myself can be difficult. But if there’s one thing I have learned since becoming a mom of 3, time for yourself is crucial to being a better mom. Knowing that, I am very flexible with my workouts. I make it a priority, but I am flexible when it happens. If I have something early in the morning, I’ll do a BBG workout instead of run or I’ll do sprints for 20 min instead of a full 30-40 min run.

Really it boils down to making a healthy lifestyle a priority. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, how busy your work schedule is, or whatever you’re excuse may be. If you make it a priority it will get done. I want to be able to run around with my kids, go on adventures with my husband, and get down on the ground and play with my grand kids when I’m a grandma. Working out and eating healthy makes me feel good and in return I have energy to help others feel good. What more could I ask for? 🙂

 

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About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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