Vicky Hallett shared in The Washington Post that parenthood comes with countless surprises. Most involve bodily fluids.
Like, for instance, the sudden lack of opportunities for Mom and Dad to sweat.
“We both used to get up in the morning and just go exercise,” says Amanda Holliday, a dance fitness teacher whose son was born in 2016. “That’s not happening anymore.”
Even if it’s possible to tote the kid along for a workout, there’s a lot more to consider beyond your number of reps — and a lot more to cram into your gym bag.
And although it seems it should get easier to carve out me-time as tykes turn into tweens, don’t count on it, says Jennifer Lungren, 44, who’s been teaching suburban fitness classes for moms for 15 years. Thanks to her four kids (ages 8, 10, 13 and 15), every afternoon, evening and weekend is a blur of shuttling between activities.
If you don’t want to take an 18-year break from exercise, consider these strategies to make workouts work for families.
Parents of infants
Congratulations, you now have a weight that probably will cry and scream if not held constantly.
This can be an opportunity, suggests Holliday, 30, who quickly discovered that her son was happiest when snuggled and swayed in a baby carrier.
Rocking him to sleep at 3 a.m. got boring, so she experimented by adding in some salsa moves. He was such a great partner that she created a baby-wearing dance fitness class, Baby Mombo, which she started teaching when he was just 8 weeks old. Think smooth steps and belly dancing to get the heart rate up and work the core, plus squats and lunges for toning. Read more