Lifestyle Parenting

Time To Get Creative

Written By Brandy Centolanza

I’m exhausted. As much as I enjoy summer break with my two children, I am ready to return to the school year routine so that I can hear myself think and take better care of myself. When the kids are in school, I have time to regularly exercise. I can’t remember the last time I actually ran consistently, as in two or three times in a single week. Lately, I’m running once a week or every other week, if that. I am not one to get up at the crack of dawn and start my day with a workout, I will not stick my children in day care or a camp so I can spend three hours at the gym, and after the kids are in bed, I’m just too tired to think about popping in an exercise video; I am finding myself vegging in front of the TV with a glass of wine and/or junk food instead. Not good. So how do moms find the time to take care of their bodies when they have children to tend to, chores to do, errands to run, or work deadlines to meet? I’m frustrated and searching for an answer here. I feel so much better after I exercise and when I don’t do it regularly, I can feel it taking a toll, physically, emotionally and mentally. Between volunteering, working, caring for the kids, taking trips to the park, beach, museum, library, and playdates, I’ve lost myself in all that summer has to offer. I’ve tried to come up with some creative ways to squeeze in some physical activity, like having my children entertain me with nature scavenger hunts along hiking trails or carrying individual items up and down the stairs instead of carrying them all together in a single trip, but beyond that, I’m stumped. I welcome suggestions on finding time to exercise when life gets in the way.