Check out the sweet cat nanny that took care of my sick girl while I got Day 14 of Core De Force done!
I often hear from people that they don’t know how they could possibly workout at home because they wouldn’t be able to get it done with the kids around, but the kids being around is actually why I DO choose to workout at home – even now being at the point where I could probably get out to a gym regularly enough.
Was it a challenge for me to first start implementing exercise into the daily routine with the kids around? Yes! In fact, we avoided it at first. Jeff and I would workout right after putting the kids to bed each night and take turns running up to their rooms as we listened on the baby monitor.
Then we realized that this was something for our whole family – not just us. WHY? Here’s what I think my kids get out of Jeff and I exercising at home consistently:
- They have positive role models for strength and good health. We’re not just telling them to make healthy choices; they know that we walk the walk.
- They learn how to honor our time and keep themselves and engaged and busy without us. We’re right there, but they are reading, playing pretend games, figuring out how to get along with each other, doing puzzles, playing with the cats, doing art, etc. They are not being entertained by us. We aren’t a video game/iPad/lots of TV household, so they are spending 30-45 minutes working things out on their own with us nearby for a safety net. Do we sometimes hit pause to see why one of them is screaming? Of course 😉 but it is useful time for us AND for them.
- Sometimes they join us! It may be for part of a workout or the whole thing, but it’s always an entertaining quality time for the family even if it does cramp our workout moves a bit 😉
- Although Jeff and I don’t always workout together, we do get to exercise together often. That means that the kids see Mommy and Daddy working together towards a common goal that’s not directly about them. They see us cheer each other on and that is a positive influence.
- They learn about commitment. They see us stick with the same trainers and the same moves day after day. They see that we struggle – BIG TIME – with things but that we don’t let it stop us. They see that we have different strengths and weaknesses, and that it is okay. They see that we’re no perfect but it doesn’t stop us. They see us make a commitment to get something done that is challenging, but that we make it happen.
My kids will never remember a time in their lives when exercising at home was not the norm. It’s obviously a gift for my own health and my own sanity, but more importantly, I truly believe it’s a gift to the entire family.