Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Making time for exercise is a daily challenge for me. I love how exercise makes me feel during and after, but the logistics of getting all of the children safe and happy so that I can exercise can be difficult. If you are trying to find time to exercise, let me suggest four options.

Option 1: Exercise early in the morning before the children wake up. I know lots of ladies who do this. Currently this option does not work for me because as you know, Sam sleeps with my hair! If I get out of bed in the morning while Sam is still asleep, he is awake within five minutes.

Option 2: Exercise late at night after you get all of the children to bed.

Option 3: Exercise with your children. I do this about half the time. We all go to a walking track and I push the little ones in a jogging stroller. We also frequent one track that is safe for Leah and Sam to ride their bikes and riding toys while we run. It is not near a road, and it does not have many other walkers/runners. Sometimes when Jimmy can run with us we will go to a neighborhood to run...with Leah and Sam in the stroller. Also, we sometimes run on our driveway, and Leah and Sam can just play out there while we run.

Option 4: Enlist your older children to watch the little ones while you exercise. I do this the rest of the time. I let the older ones know how long I will be on the treadmill or precor(30-40 minutes), and they divide the time by three. They set the timer and each of them will watch Sam and Leah for 10-15 minutes. After that, they let them come down to the workout room while I lift weights, stretch, etc.

You have to be creative, but you can do it!

This is what Sam does while I exercise.....jump, hang, and swing on the weights.....or smell my hair when I am lying on the floor!


  1. Hey Roan,
    I haven't had a chance to sit down and read your blog lately until this morning. It was so much fun to read about all that is going on with ya'll! Your blog page looks great! Did you get my e-mail about staying with us on the way home from Destin? We would love for you to! Hope you have a great day!!