Working Out While Babysitting

May 25, 2015

I really love babysitting. I enjoy it so much that last week I decided to babysit my two nieces from Friday night to Saturday morning and then babysit my coworker’s daughters from Saturday afternoon until that evening. Basically, I spent two whole days babysitting.

Babysitting is a blast, but I also enjoy running on Saturday mornings. During the week, I go to crossfit and then Saturday and Sunday I like to run. What kind of babysitter would I be if I just left the kids and went for a run? A horrible one. Most of the time I like playing pretend with the kids, watching movies, baking and playing hide and go seek. Kids have so much energy that it may seem like there is never any down time. But, usually there are 20 minutes here and there where the kids finally get tired. Sometimes they just want to watch T.V. for twenty minutes or sit down and read for a while.

So… I decided that in those twenty minute time frames that I would squeeze a work out in. It wasn’t running, but it was still a fun little workout.

Here is the workout I did on Saturday morning:

  • 20 basic squats.  (above)
  • 20 Narrow Basic Squat with a kick back. (Alternate legs while performing this exercise and perform 20 on each leg) (below)

I repeated these two exercises, 5 times. 

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I did this workout in the living room while my two nieces were watching a twenty minute T.V. show on the couch. My one year old niece occasionally looked at me with a face that said… you’re pretty weird. My five year old niece asked me what I was doing and when I said exercise she said she wanted to join. She showed me her jumping jacks, push ups, and crunches. She was so excited to workout with me that she didn’t even want to watch the show.

Many times we think that we don’t have any time to workout, but I think we all have more time than we think we do. Try working out while you are watching a show or while your kids are watching T.V. The workout doesn’t have to be intense. Just get your body moving!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Alicia May 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Brilliant advice! It even worked while waiting for the printer to complete printing a long document. Please write a piece about 5 minute workouts at the office. That’s all I have in between patients!

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