Finding time to workout with a baby is hard, but still doable. I’m here speaking on the other side of the “just find the time to get it done” mindset, because it’s not always true.
Good morning, everyone! How are you today? Thanks so much for the birthday love yesterday! You know how to make a girl feel special! Today’s post is a topic I’ve had on my mind for a while, and am now getting to posting.
Before I had a baby, I didn’t get it. In fact, I pretty much had the mindset, “WHY don’t you have time? Wake up early, workout later, have them in the room while you workout.”
Now I get it.
You guys, finding time to workout with a baby is hard.
Actually, when I started working out 2-3 weeks postpartum, I worked out more and for longer times (sometimes) than I do now. The first couple months were easy. I didn’t have a problem getting workouts in. Naturally, since I thought this was the hardest time frame, I thought I was golden! NO way was I going to let having a baby stop me from getting in a workout.
Then things changed.
Can’t you just wake up before the baby?
- When you’re up 1-?? times a night, waking up early before the baby is just not happening.
- When your baby finally starts sleeping through the night, you’re too busy catching up on sleep to want to wake up early.
- When you set your alarm to actually get up early, naturally the baby decides it’s time to wake up too (how this works I will never know but it never fails!).
Ok, so before she wakes up won’t work.
What about nap time?
- So naptime. That isn’t always long. Sometimes it’s barely time for me to drink my tea reheated for the 10th time. Or I have laundry. Or cooking. Maybe cleaning? Ha, I think I cleaned my house last week for the first time in like 7 months..
- Things come up, and naptime isn’t always an option. Heck, sometimes I Just want to sit down and not move! Some days you need all your energy for the times the baby is awake!
Workout after the baby goes to sleep?
- HA! Aaron and I barely have a chance to catch up when she’s awake. We use this time for us, or blog projects, or things he has going on. The dishwasher needs run and unloaded. The lunches and breakfasts need packed. By the time that’s done, the only exercise I want to do is laying on the couch practicing cobra 😉
Workout when the baby is awake
- I know many people exercise with their baby or child awake. And I really do respect that. I do try to do it, too! It just doesn’t always work. Sometimes I feel guilty having Annabelle just watch me. Sometimes Annabelle does not want put down. She doesn’t want to go in her walker or the jumper. She doesn’t want to play with her toys by herself. She wants me to sit and play with her. AND THAT IS 100% PERFECT! She is only so little so long and a workout will wait. She does love the stroller and walks/runs so I can’t wait for the weather to warm up and we can do that more!
- I have started to workout in the mornings with her, but that’s a very recent thing. The workouts are 20-30 minutes and sometimes they are with me holding her.
If there is one thing I learned from being pregnant is that a day or two off won’t make you gain 20 lbs. You won’t lost your muscle that fast. In fact, your body might need those days off.
[tweetthis]Telling the honest trust- working out with a baby can be hard! [/tweetthis]
I see so many posts about finding time to workout as a mom. And I get it because I was one of those people. But I am here as a mom with a different mindset telling you working out with a baby is hard. That doesn’t mean I just stop doing it, though! I do work part time, and I’m able to stay home with her a lot of the time, but that doesn’t mean I watch TV on the couch all day long. Some days that would be the dream, though 😉 I go into the weeks with a loose schedule in mind. Sometimes things will workout, and sometimes they won’t. I just try again the next day.