Last updated on November 22nd, 2018
Why I Workout With My Toddler
As a busy mom, getting in workouts can be quite a event (which is why quick, simple bodyweight ones come in handy!). And far too frequently, our workouts get pushed back in favor of something more important. But if you’ve ever followed me on Instagram, you’ll know that in my house, it’s not the case!
If you’re a mama you’ll know that making it to the gym is, ah, an event. Seriously, by the time you have your stuff packed, drive to the gym, workout, shower, come home it pretty much kills two hours. Add in a regular job, cooking, time with babies and you know LIFE and the gym doesn’t exactly hit high on the priority list.
Or, if you’re lucky enough to complete your workouts at home you attempt to do so while your wee one is napping. This type of at home workout comes with problems all on its own! Of course the second you finish your warm up your baby starts to cry. A quick diaper change and snuggle and you’re back at it only to have to feed them. And the list goes on…
This leaves most mamas frustrated and attempting to complete their workout in twelve minute intervals throughout the day (so it pretty much takes the entire day to get it done!).
The truth is, working out without your baby can be next to impossible.
But there’s an alternative of course! Instead of trying to squeeze workouts in during your babes nap when the time can be better spent, workout with your toddler. Yes, I’m serious!
If you’ve ever watched a video of mine, chances are you’ve heard a “stop there!” or “don’t move” yell in the middle of a set. Both of which are frequent. And while you may not be able to see her in the shot, it’s because I workout with my baby (now babies!)
Yup, you read that right, I workout with baby bear five days a week.
For myself personally, my workouts are non-negotiable. Truly. Not because I’ll feel guilty if I don’t workout or because I think I haven’t “earned” my food, but because working out keeps me sane. Truly. I love being strong (check out the other benefits of strength training), getting sweaty and doing something beneficial for my body but at the end of the day, I’m a better mom on the days I workout.
I’m happier, more patient and literally just a better person. So, my workouts have to happen.
So, to be honest, much of the reason I workout with both a toddler AND a baby is because if I don’t workout with them, then my workouts won’t happen. And that’s not an option (read more about how mamas can stay consistent with workouts!).
But the truth is, to me, there’s so many more benefits to working out with my kids than just being consistent.
I’m Setting A Great Example
The truth is, I love working out. Truly. Working out keeps me sane, it makes me have more productive days and it’s one thing that I do for myself and love.
I don’t “suffer through my workouts”- I actually enjoy them! And I think that message is huge. During my workouts, we laugh, joke around, play and make exercise fun.
I want my daughters to love being active, no matter what activity she chooses.
My girls will never see me “drag” myself to a workout and “suffer” through it. I will never promote the message that I need to work off something I ate. They will never see me work herder because I need to be skinny.
Instead, we talk about exercises that make mama strong. About which ones are fun and silly. It sounds silly, but it’s my hope that maybe then, they’ll enjoy being active as much as I do. Exercise is a gift, not a punishment.
There are a lot of things I wish for my daughter and one of those is that she will grow up thinking that fitness is FUN and not something she “has to do”. I love my workouts. I’m not bitter, sad or angry when I’m working out but playful, happy and occasionally jumping with joy if I hit a PR (personal record).
I’ll be the first to admit that while I do have eyes in the back of my head as I lift heavy things around two little kids, my girls are somewhat ignored.
Not ignored but definitely on their own.
Neither babe is gated into a pen or strapped to my chest. They are free to roam around, explore, play and learn… and they do
While I’m doing my workout, I’m not right beside her as I usually am trying to teach her. Instead, they learn to figure things out on her own while I watch. It’s amazing what kids will learn when you give them space (it’s the best way to help babes learn)
I definitely have to stop throughout my workouts to help read a book, diaper a doll or roll some playdough but watching them play by themselves is amazing.
It Helps Keep Them Active
While I workout the girls jump, swing, hang, squat and generally play with all the workout stuff. This helps them sleep better, learn and generally be active!
Physical activity at any age is awesome for kids. And watching the girls mimic my movements only melts my heart more.
So yes, I workout with my girls. While I am fortunate enough to have a killer home studio, even if I didn’t I’d be rocking bodyweight workouts instead. Thankfully though, there are a lot of awesome and cost effective pieces of fitness equipment so you can workout at home (my top four are here!).
Working out at home with my kids keeps me consistent. It allows me to stay fit, active and healthy as well as set some amazing examples for my girls. Having them exercise with me can be crazy, hectic and hard but I also believe it teaches them some amazing lessons.
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I would love if my little one fall in love with fitness, any kind of fitness! And by showing themhow fun fitness can be and doing something I love I think they’re well on that path. Plus… I’m able to get my workouts in! Which to me, is always a plus.
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