Working Out When You Have Kids

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

There are so many things taken for granted before you have kids. One of those is the ability to workout when you want, for as long as you want, and where you want. Once kids enter the picture, all fitness revolves around your kids.

Honestly, I wasn’t much of a fitness person before my daughter was in the picture. If you haven’t read my story, you should. I spent most of my time drinking, eating horrible, and never working out. Leaving the military left me with no need to hit the gym and no want to either and so I didn’t. Fast forward a few years and all of those bad habits started to catch up with me. My daughter changed my life in more than one way.

I started my fitness journey after my daughter was born because I wanted to raise her with a love of fitness. I didn’t want her to think that there needed to be a reason to workout but that you could simply live a healthy life. I have been working out with her since she was 6 weeks old and my doctor gave me the “Ok.” Over the years my workouts have changed and the way I approach them has changed and a lot of that has to do with which stage of life my daughter was in.

I find that the infant stage was the easiest time to workout because it was the easiest to work around her nap times and I did have to worry about her getting into things. I did a lot of at home workouts and kept it mostly bodyweight. I would get creative on ways to do workouts with her or simply workout during her naps. My whole reason for changing my life and getting healthier was to show my daughter what a healthy lifestyle was and for her to see how much fun fitness could be. It was important for me that she actually see me doing it. I also did a lot of walking in the beginning. I would load my daughter up in the stroller and take super long walks every day. More often than not, she would fall asleep and I would keep moving until she woke up.