Exercise, what’s that?

Once upon a time there was a woman who on good days could get her arse out of bed and go for a run first thing in the morning at the weekend. She’d also head out during her lunch hour to clock up a few k and partake in the odd PT session and loved nothing more than getting down and dirty in a British Military Fitness class at weekends too.

Now I introduce you to the same woman post son. She struggles to get out of bed in the morning and thinks it’s an effort  just to walk downstairs to get a cup of tea, to walk back up the stairs and collapse back into bed. In her lunch hour she is generally working through because she has to be out of the door at 5.15pm sharp to get the train back before the nursery doors shut. The only getting down and dirty she does, is when her son decides he can’t walk any further and needs a shoulder lift, cue muddy boots/shoes all down her coat.

Her new workout sounds something more like this; she’ s developed skills in martial arts to get her son dressed, rugby tackled him into the puschair and quick marched it down to nursery. She’s then worked her arm muscles with the “5 lift cuddle” (goodbye routine, entailing being lifted up 5 times for 5 cuddles), before legging it out of the door, to try and catch the 7.38 train, which she inevitably misses and catches the 7.50 instead. It’s at this stage the onlooking passengers wonder what has possibly brought her out in a sweat when its only about 2 degree’s outside?! I welcome you to the exercise of a single mum and in fact most working parents out there who are doing the morning routine.

So, how do you find the time/energy/motivation to do any conventional exercise as a parent? I normally find I’m missing at least one of the 3 factors at any given time. If I suddenly find I have the time then you can bet I won’t have the energy because Munchkin will have decided it was time for an all night party. Or he’d have been zonked out for the night and I have the energy but alas then, no time. Occasionally the gods align, generally on my working from home day and I try to get out for a lunchtime run. There comes the next hurdle…running post childbirth is not so straight forward for some of us, oh yes, that beloved pelvic floor muscle or lack of it! Run, clench, run, clench, run, oops!!! Please Dear Lord give us the strength, the pelvic floor strength!


Ok, what about just doing a workout at home in the evening I hear you say? Hmmmm, I too have thought that same thing. There’s an app for everything and believe me, I have most workout apps on my phone, my problem is finding the motivation and energy to open them and do them….getting home just before 7pm after doing the reverse of aforementioned morning routine, putting Munchkin to bed, then cooking my dinner, it’s gone 8 and I’m completely pooped!

So then, that all familiar phrase pops into my head…I’ll start it tomorrow…..!

Mum-Work-Repeat xx


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15 thoughts on “Exercise, what’s that?

  1. Sarah says:

    I get plenty of exercise as a parent, what are you talking about? It goes like this:
    This is even better for me as I am lifting a heavy glass of wine….

    Thanks for posting to #chucklemums! 😀

  2. Sarah Howe says:

    I think it must be sooo hard. If I didn’t have my hubby, some days off and being home around 5.30pm I couldn’t do any! Only thing I can think off is a bike or cross trainer and slowly do some in front of the telly for half an hour 3x a week or something? You may get there when little man is a bit older and sleeping better xx #justanotherlinky

  3. Beta Mummy says:

    I have the same issue – lack of time due to work, plus lack of being able to get out in the evening due to being single… If I was more inclined I would do aerobics DVDs in the evening, but frankly by the time I’ve done everything that needs doing, I’m fit for nothing except collapsing in a heap on the sofa before attempting it all again the next day!
    Nah, exercise can wait until the kids have left home…! 😉

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Cheers to that! I often say, oh well, when he’s a bit older and goes on his own for playdates, I can do some then. Or will I just opt to collapse on the couch and think ahhh this is nice 🙂

  4. Kirsty Edwards says:

    It is so difficult to find the time and energy as a parent. I go at weekends during nap time, or to a class and hubby looks after our little man. I even went to pilates last week one night after work when little man was in bed and hubby got home from work…..with help from twitter encouragement 🙂 But it is soooo hard getting started again! #justanotherlinky

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      I think when you get in the zone again, it’s definitely easier. It’s just getting back into it! Managed yoga this lunchtime and planning to go for a run on Weds when I’m working from home…just need the rain to hold off. Don’t think I’d be that motivated otherwise!

  5. Jo from Organsied Jo says:

    This made me smile, as you have got it spot on! I have tried mornings, afternoons and evenings and they are fine for a while but then something happens and I lose the routine – like a sick child or a school holiday. Anyway, surely just looking and watching all these fitness bods social media accounts is pretty much the same as exercising!

  6. Jo - Mother of Teenagers says:

    You are probably doing far more exercise than you realise. Just 10,000 steps a day is all that’s needed. I can identify with this from a different perspective – that of a newbie blogger! Since starting a couple of weeks ago my commitment to exercise has become virtually non-existent. In fact as I sit here typing I am gazing at the beautiful outdoors and thinking I must go now or it just won’t happen before school pick up!

  7. Random Musings says:

    I’ll start Monday is my favourite saying 🙂 It’s so hard to find the time, and i’m not even a mum. I have no idea how mums fit everything in!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  8. My Petit Canard says:

    Oh I can totally relate to this! Pre-children I used to be in the work gym a few times a week and chuck in a few runs in the evenings for good measure. That was probably the last time I saw the inside of a gym, approx 2 years ago! There is just no time, and when there is, there are just so many other pressing things to do and catch up on. With baby number two on the way this summer, I dont see much chance of it improving any time soon! Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMonday, not feeling so bad now about my lack of fitness these days 😉 Emily

  9. MMT says:

    I have blamed the lack of exercise over the last 18 months to lack of sleep and subsequent exhaustion…but now the mouse is sleeping thorugh (sorta) I still feel equally as pooped? Why is that? Guess it’s the never-sitting-down rigmarole of Motherhood – burns enough calories for me!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub x

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