Parents of Young Children Less Apt to Be Fit

12 Apr

4 Responses to “Parents of Young Children Less Apt to Be Fit”

  1. laurapayette April 12, 2011 at 8:59 AM #

    I haven’t read the article, but I can tell you from my experience this is true, at least when you have a baby. It is very hard to find the time to work out regardless of whether you’re staying at home with the baby or working. There’s just not much time left in the day and when there is you are TIRED! Of course, exercising is a lifestyle and you have to work at it. I need to work much harder at it. I took a break from running because my knee was bothering me; I need to get back into something, anything.

    I totally agree that there need to be better grab-and-go options for meals. Something without so much sodium, so much processing, so many artificial ingredients, and more veggies. I try to cook some each week, but even with the best intentions I fall very short. And yet I’m watching very carefully what I give my daughter to eat. It’s hard!

    One thing that makes it challenging to get back into a workout routine after you have a baby is that most gyms won’t watch a baby (in their daycare area) until they’re 6 months old — at least the ones by me. And a baby is too little to ride safely in a jogging stroller or bike trailer until they’re at least that old (it’s actually 8+ months, I think). So, that doesn’t leave a lot of options except walking with the stroller (not much of a workout but better than nothing) or DVDs at home while the baby naps.

    I guess the bottom line is that adjusting to a baby at home is hard enough. Figuring out how to eat well and exercise on top of caring for the baby and the house can be quite challenging. I wouldn’t have believed how hard until I had a kid myself. I’m not sure what the answer is, but if it’s hard for me and I’m fitness and food conscious, imagine how hard it would be for someone who’s not. Yikes!

  2. Ness at Drovers Run April 12, 2011 at 10:36 PM #

    It’s not just when you have little babies – but for *years* until your youngest child is at least 3.5 and going to pre-school for a few sessions a week. This is the one thing, you don’t realise when you first think about having kids. While I wouldn’t change a thing about my life, I think I could have prepared a little better.

  3. Noel D. April 14, 2011 at 6:07 AM #

    Yeah I can’t even imagine trying to work out with kids. I barely have time as it is between working full time, taking care of my house, social life, etc. Gyms should provide better daycare programs and to younger babies. And there definitely needs to be better food options out there that aren’t so loaded with sodium and other crap.

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