In my last post, I addressed my Exercise Plan.
I average walking approx. 3 miles/day – this is a good start
- Walk the kids to school, and back
- Walk to pick up my kindergarter from school, and back
- Walk to pick up my 1st grader from school, and back
This is my current routine, most days.
I’m also looking at other ways to add to this.
Since I’ve committed to take my weight loss and health seriously, I have been considering other ways I can add to my current exercise routine.
I’ve carefully considered various times of the day and activities I could add.
- Early in the morning, before the kids get up
I’m not much of a morning person. It would be really hard for me to commit to this on an on-going basis. And for an exercise routine to be successful, I need something that I can realistically commit to.
- Going to the gym or class during the day
With 3 littles at home, and with my schedule of getting them to/from school at various times throughout the day, it would be challenging to fit in another lengthy activity in-between drop off/pick up from school. And in the afternoons after 2:30 pm, I would have all 3 to find childcare for them if I were go to a class.
–Although, I have been interested in trying a Zumba class. My husband works from home on Wednesdays and Fridays. So, I can still try on these days as he would be available to help with picking up kids from school if I needed. This is still a possibility.–
- Evening exercise
In the evenings, after dinner, I plan to go on neighborhood walks with the family – perhaps not every night, but at least a few times a week. Although this will help keep me moving and help to keep my metabolism working, my kids wouldn’t be able to keep up to a walking pace that would be very fast and effective to weight loss.
- Naptime Warrior
To be realistic with my schedule and current daily commitments, I’ve decided that adding 30-60 minutes of cardio at home, while my littlest takes his nap, would probably work the best for now.
I get home from picking up my daughter from school at 11:30. My 19 month old goes down for his nap at this time. My daughter eats her lunch and will either relax watching tv, color, or some other quiet activity after school.
I determined this would be the best time for me to fit in another exercise.