"The days are long, but the years are short." Gretchen Rubin.
That's one of my favorite quotes about motherhood. Even so, I've found that my days are very short indeed. They are so short that it's hard to squeeze carpooling, cooking, working, tantrum taming, clothing, feeding, teaching... and so much more into a measly 24 hours.
As a Stroller Strides instructor, my workouts generally don't happen during class. I have to make time outside of that awesome 9:30-10:30am time slot in order to stay fit. If my daughter naps and I don't have a ton on my plate (at least things I can't ignore - like dishes and laundry), I'll do the Stroller Strides workout at home or watch a YouTube video. Some days, it's just not that easy to find a free hour and I have to get creative. Today was one of those days.
My son has dance class every Saturday afternoon and since I missed Patty's Stroller Strides class this morning, I decided to use that free hour for a workout. It's not unusual for me to squeeze in a workout while my kids are at the playground, or to do a few lunges or calf raises while waiting for my son at dance class, but today I decided to use the entire hour. While the other moms sat on folding chairs scanning their cell phones, I did curb drills, suicide runs, shuffles, lunges, box jumps, standing abs and band exercises to strengthen my arms and back. My 2 year-old daughter did most of the workout with me (and loved it). When she got tired, I picked her up and used her as a weight during squats. I got a few raised eyebrows, but most of the moms thought little Stella and I were awesome.
Anyone can be a workout ninja! Squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Make fitness a priority and commit to being active every day, even if it's just 15 minutes here and there. Lastly, include your kids when it's possible and make it fun!