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Parents Helping Parents: Finding Time to Exercise

We hear it all the time – exercise has a great impact on your overall health and longevity. But for the parent of a medically-complex child, taking the time for themselves can be difficult and end up low on the to-do list – so we asked parents how they find time in their busy schedule to work out in this edition of Parents Helping Parents.

Most of these don’t involve having to leave the house, and can even be done if you’re at the hospital with your kiddo. Small amounts of time spend exercising can add up fast and have a great impact on your health – so add your best tips in the comment section, and get moving!

What is your best advice for balancing a busy schedule and finding time to work out?

  • I set my alarm for 5:45am and go to water aerobics Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s early, but I have realized it’s worth it so I can feel better.
  • When the PHS nurse is here to provide medical care for my daughter, I hop on the treadmill
  • I take my son out for a walk in a stroller – that way I get exercise and we can enjoy the outdoors
  • When the kids are sleeping at night I go for a run, or do a workout video on the iPad after breakfast while they play. Although it doesn’t always work, it is enough to keep me on track.
  • When they are in bed, it’s my turn to exercise for 20 minutes
  • I do yoga or meditation when the nurses come on duty, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Deep breathing exercises and calisthenics can help.
  • Find exercises you can do in the privacy of your own home, outside, or in a hospital room if need be, at no cost – things like jogging in place, jumping jacks, arm circles, toe touches, side stretches, deep knee bends, push ups, etc.
Originally published: March 25, 2014

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