I was watching TV the other day when a segment came on about how moms could easily exercise at home. Now, before you get onto me about watching the segment, I was doing what most moms do, I was multi-tasking – watching the segment, folding laundry, and monitoring my youngest in the shower.
What the host said about exercising went something like this, “Moms, it’s so easy to exercise at home. You just have to make the time.”
Yep. I agree. You just have to make the time.
But the “it’s so easy part?” Nope.
Every single time I try and exercise at home while my kids are there something like this happens:
Now a few things are happening in this picture:
1. I am being real with you and showing you that when I attempt to exercise at home I do it in my pajamas. I feel no shame.
2. Our play room is a mess.
3. Little people always seem to gather around once that rocking jazzercise type music comes on. I feel like the Pied Piper.
In this case, I was attempting to exercise with a you tube video on the computer. Little person hears the drums and synthesizers and join me. The exercise I am supposed to be performing is to swing my leg back and forth then up and down. Therefore, my little partner is trying the same thing but she sticks to mainly just kicking forward and laughing hysterically as she rams her foot into my rear end.
Moving on from that exercise we attempt to strengthen our backs by rolling over and laying down on our tummies. This naturally leads to the “Mommy is a horsey” exercise. It is neither productive nor comfortable for Mommy horse.
Trying to do crunches?
That of course leads to little one leaning on your legs trying to start the well known parent exercise of “flying airplane kid.”
So it is usually at this point that I just give up. It’s just not worth it TV ladies.
For now I will just stick to biking with my kids to school and my swim workouts which are away from home. I’ll still watch the TV exercise segments of course but I will probably just work on building those folding t-shirt muscles.