Exercise! - Working mom with a toddler and no sitter

03-24-2013, 08:16 PM
I work 50+ hours a week. 24 of those hours are at the office and the rest are at home. I have a nearly-two year old toddler, and my husband is on the road from Sunday afternoon until Friday night, so he is not around to take care of our son through the week. I just don't know how to fit regimented exercise in.

We go to the park, we walk, we run around the mall, we hike, etc, but I just can't figure out how to make it all work.

I am thinking about getting a treadmill desk so that I can work from home and walk, but I don't know.

Those of you who are in a similar situation, what have you done that works?

03-24-2013, 08:54 PM
Walking is a wonderful workout. Get a jogging stroller and go for it.

03-24-2013, 08:56 PM
We walk a ton, but he won't ride in the stroller any longer, so we don't walk fast enough. LOL.

03-24-2013, 09:15 PM
It sounds like you are doing great exercise. I am a father of two twin boys aged two, so I know you are not sitting around!

The breakthrough for me was to stop focusing on whether I was getting enough exercise (which I was) and to start thinking about what I was eating. I was eating a lot of rubbish so no matter what exercise I did, the weight did not come off.

Now I am watching what goes in my mouth the weight is just dropping.

03-24-2013, 09:18 PM
I actually have a treadmill desk... And all I can say is that I love it... Now granted I don't use it to get a "workout" on... I just wanted it to avoid sitting so much while having to be on the computer while working... I easily just "walk" 2 to 3 miles a day without realizing it at all... and I've covered 5 miles without much added effort and have still been able to get quite a bit of work done... I really can't say enough good things about it...

The other thing I've been using is a Nike FuelBand to be more "active" even when I'm not actually "working out" and that is really making a difference as well... and I know their are a lot of people here who use the FitBit and swear by that to help them do the same thing... so that might be something to look into... Maybe with something like that you might find that it's possible to be a lot more "active" throughout the course of your day than you realize...

Misti in Seattle
03-24-2013, 10:06 PM
It sounds like you are already doing great! I've never used a treadmill desk but if you think it would help, by all means, go for it!!

03-24-2013, 10:21 PM
I joined a gym with a daycare inside. The baby loves going to the pool with me when I'm done on the cardio equipment. I pay a lot for membership and go out of my way (it's a 25 min drive) it's so worth it.

03-24-2013, 11:55 PM
Thank you all so very much! There isn't much sitting around at all with a little guy, that is for sure. Do you think that just choosing to be active over doing a regimented exercise program is a bad idea? Ideally, I would like to do some strength training, but realistically, I doubt that will happen again until my son goes to pre-school, which is a few years off.

We have no gyms nearby with daycares, or I would give that a shot. I take my son swimming about three times a week, but I don't know how much activity I am actually getting.

I am thinking about a FitBit! Maybe the Easter bunny will bring me one.

The laptop desk looks better and better all the time. I get so tired of just sitting at my desk at home when I could be walking. I have no choice but to sit her and work, though.

Thank you all so much! I don't feel like a total lazy bones now.

03-25-2013, 04:29 PM
I have a 2yo boy and a 3yo girl. In the past I was able to find a gym with an awesome childcare center, but then moved to an area without such resources. I bought a treadmill a while ago and I have to say I really love having it around! I am able to squeeze in short walks/jogs throughout the day. I am a full-time student, and I often read while walking on it. Never seen a treadmill desk, but that sounds amazing! To keep my two wild things occupied while I am walking/jogging I bought a small bounce house from amazon for about $180, that way they are being active too! Honestly, having two active toddlers, best purchase of my life. Haha. :)

03-25-2013, 04:54 PM
Have you thought of dance? My son is almost 3 and he loves to go along with me.

03-25-2013, 06:06 PM
If your looking for regimented exercise have you considered working out at home after the little one goes to bed? I normally fit my workouts in during nap time or after the I put the baby to bed.

I can workout, then shower and go to bed. I know that doesn't work for everyone though. I know some people can't get to bed after a late workout and lol with a toddler we all know sleep is important!

03-25-2013, 11:21 PM
Thank you!!! I so love this board because not a single one of you thought that I was just making excuses. I really feel like it is a serious dilemma, so I sincerely appreciate your advice.

I have considered dance, but we only have one place here that teaches dance, and it is just one class a week, so I am not sure if that would be helpful.

Working out after he goes to bed is impossible. I have to work every single night after he goes to bed. As it is I'm up until 2 am and have to be out the door by 8:30. Ugh! But there is a lot of appeal to doing it then. If I could get the treadmill desk thing worked out, I could workout and work at the same time after he goes to bed.

I think the first thing I will do is order a FitBit to see if that can give me an idea of what I am already doing.

03-26-2013, 11:55 AM
^There are so many DVDs/Youtube, you don't need to go to classes. I do this one on occasion, he loves it. I try to avoid things that take more time to dress them & transport them than to actually do the activity, LOL!!


I understand not wanting to after he is in bed. Everytime I told myself I'd workout after the kids go to bed (I also have a 4 month old), I just rather snuggle on the couch with hubby. Too tired for that.

April Snow
03-26-2013, 01:50 PM
Ditto on the idea of using workout videos at home, or you could also get a Wii and try Wii Fit and other workout routines. My son is 8 now and has always liked to watch me and exercise alongside with me. I've been doing Walk Away the Pounds and he walks right along with me. And when he was a toddler, he thought it was super funny to watch me working out.

But I would also emphasize that for weight loss, what you eat is much more important than worrying about a regimented activity program. It's great to exercise, and that's so important for health and fitness. But for weight loss, you can easily eat more in one meal than all the calories you burn off in an hour of activity. So figuring out the right eating plan and sticking to that is what will take off the weight.

03-26-2013, 10:22 PM
Thank you!! We have tried workout DVDs together, and it is not worth the stress of making sure he is out of the way. It honestly makes me feel worse. LOL

And we will not get the Wii Fit out any more because he became addicted, no lie, to it at nine months of age. Seriously. He STILL cries for it, even though we haven't had it out in more than a year!

All that said, I have narrowed it all down to a treadmill desk.

April...for women with PCOS it is not just about the calorie burn but about improving insulin uptake and mood imbalances. If I thought I could get away with just playing in the park everyday (we were out there for three hours solid today), I would not give it a second thought. :D

03-26-2013, 11:34 PM
I feel you. I work 7:30-6 at least 5 days a week. My kids are 6y and 18m. I am like you in trying to be active with the kids when I can. Tonight we did crazy dancing in the kitchen while I was heating up dinner and my HR monitor said I burned 96 calories. Not bad.

I have been doing videos, too. I bought the Beachbody Slim in 6 because I wanted to start slow, coming from a perspective of never having exercised in my entire life. I love it, so I do make time for it most nights after the kids are in bed. I keep a very strict schedule - bedtime is 8
7:30 for the 6 year old, because he gets up early for school, and 8pm for the 18 month old, who sleeps in late with Daddy every day (he works nights). On weekends, which always seem to be even crazier than work days, I work out early and the kids hang out with me while I do. They think its fun to try and do what mama does. I will say, my 6 year old does an awesome job of keeping the baby out of the way AND engaged in what we are doing. I doubt I could do it with just the baby. Point being, if there is a video you think you would enjoy, keep trying because as your son gets a bit older he may think its great fun.

I also wear my 18 month old. Sometimes in a Mei tai, sometimes in a soft structured carrier (I like Boba). She is 26lbs and we go for hikes in the woods, I wear her grocery shopping, doing housework, etc. Just carrying around those extra 26lbs, and reminding myself to tighten my core as I do so, helps burn calories.

03-27-2013, 12:25 AM
Thank you!! I have been thinking of trying Beachbody because people say it is great! I am alone all the time with the boy but for a few hours on Friday and Sunday and all day on Saturday. Maybe if I just worked out on Friday nights, Saturday mornings, and Sunday mornings that would be enough? That's when my husband is here. Otherwise, I am working at work, at home, or taking care of my son.

I know it would make me have more energy if I had time to work out more, but since I got to bed at 2 and get up at around 8, it is hard to convince myself of that. :dizzy:

03-27-2013, 01:30 AM
I think anything you do is going to be great! Slim in 6, the one I am doing, has 3 levels. One is 30 minutes, 2 is 45 and 3 is 60. For me, fitting in 30 minutes is easy, 45 is doable but 60 is nearly impossible. I just bought the Keep it Up disk (for less than $3 used!) because its about 40 minutes and its supposed to be as intense as level 3 but not as long.
This week I had Aunt Flow (TOM) and was just overworked and exhausted and I think I only managed to do that darn 60 minute video twice. :/

I never actually have any energy when I start working out, but once I get through the first 5 minutes or so I feel more energized and can get into it. It doesn't keep me up, though - I fall into bed and sleep like the dead! I was worried working out at night would make it hard to fall asleep, but luckily it hasn't affected me.

Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred is only 20 minutes, and it can be streamed free on YouTube. I don't love it, but on days I want to workout but am short on time I do it, and I feel like I get a good workout. I just don't like her as much as the instructor in Slim in 6.

03-27-2013, 01:46 AM
thank you! I did 30DS and hurt myself about three days into it!

I will check out Slim in 6!!