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2. Connecting with your family
If you want your kids to be active, be active yourself. Setting the example for your kids really works. Big Son envied my running shoes and asked me when he would get his own real running shoes. He sometimes joins me on my runs running or riding his bike alongside me. Little Son simply joins me on my runs in the stroller. And my husband got so lonesome on the couch when we were out running, that he finally joined us as well! So now working out isn’t always spending time away from my family, but connecting with them.

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3. Making the most of it
It seems hard to squeeze in a work out for yourself when putting your kids first. I try and combine as much as I can. Sometimes, I put on my running gear taking the boys to daycare and school. After having dropped them off, I go for a quick interval run. Hell, I even went to a PTA meeting in running gear! When I need to take Big Son to a baseball game, I go and run while he and his team are warming up. And be back in time to cheer him on. At my previous job, I used to go on a quick run during lunch time. Using your commute is another way to change a time thief into a work out opportunity. Leave the car or public transport and go cycling or running! If your commute is too long, do it half way. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding going somewhere instead of going around in circles is.

4. Committing to a schedule
One of the reasons why I work as a group fitness instructor is having a strict work out schedule of my own. I just simply can’t ditch and disappoint my participants in my class just because I’m too lazy to? There are of course other ways to commit to a work out
schedule. Go with a friend and become Best Fit Friends Forever. Or join a running crew. Or get a weekly baby sitter so you can work out. The trick is, find out what works best for you.

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  1. Diara

    After my son was born I have had difficulties making the time to work out because my husband works shifts and sometimes misses for days at a time. Ultimately the key has been enrolling in a class and hiring a baby sitter to ensure that I would actually do something at least once a week.
    I also try to work out first thing in the morning but it’s not always doable because often my son wakes up the same time as me and doesn’t leave me alone.
    Lately I decided to ride my bike with my son. It may not be HIIT but at least it is some sort exercise. Actually I call it loving moviment 🙂

    • Irene

      At some point, I would like so do some early morning work outs too, but I have the same problem as you with my two-year old. Make due with what’s possible, any work out is still one more than no work out at all, right?

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  3. Vicky

    Great blog, Irene! I love the tips! Even without kids (or a full time job), it can get difficult to schedule your me-time. But you certainly inspired me again today. In fact, I’m going for a run (read; brisk walk) (still recovering) RIGHT NOW.
    Your fan, Vicky

    • Irene

      And to think it was you who inspired me in the first place with your blog and your 30 day challenge! Let’s keep on inspiring each other, the world will be a happier place for it. X

  4. Merel

    Kabamn! Powerwoman in the house! As a mother of 2 boys (3 years and a baby) i know how difficult it can be to keep a focus on your own wellbeing instead of everybody elses before your own. And you found your modus! So I say: respect! 🙂

  5. mar

    I started running with my friend three months ago. We are both mother of two, we work and go to study. Three times a week we try to go for a run in the evening.sometimes we are so tired, but after the run we’re feeling great and reloaded. Before i went to bed at 21:30-22:00, now often at 23:30 because i have to much energy. Also i have more energy playing with my kids and cleaning the house. At the attic my huseband had made a little fitnessroom. You can train together and it motivates. For my daugther of 5 we bought some runningshoes and we went for the first run together. So much fun! the beginnen of your healthy and fit journey is difficult but you truthfully get more energy!!!

    • Irene

      What a lovely husband you’ve got, converting the attic into a fitness room! The family that works out together, stays together, that’s for sure. And I would love to see a picture of you and your little running girl

  6. Marloes

    Hi Irene! Love your energy! Same story up here! I’m a mom of a three year old girl and she wants to be as fit as her mom too! Inspiring how you get everything done in your busy week, but at the same time I do know how to get shit done and workout as well ;-). My only challenge is to get my partner with me because he thinks I’m getting a little bit to sporty and he want’s me on the couch once in a while! We will find a way! Goodluck with all and keep blogging! High five!