Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Family vs. Fitness: The Showdown

Here's a question for all you working parents out there: How do you manage to go to the gym, or go on a run, or simply do something to try and stay fit while still managing to spend quality time with your spouse and your child?

Our little family

This is the unanswerable question of my life right now, because I simply cannot figure out how to partner the two worlds. I know it's cliche, but there are not enough hours in the day.

Without boring everyone with the details, my day begins at 5:45 a.m., with every morning a mad rush to get around, get Luke changed, fed, dressed, and help Kim get her stuff around before she's on her way to take Luke to daycare. I go to work, I pick up Luke after I get off work at 5, and by the time I'm home at 5:30 p.m., dinner must be made (I love to cook) while Kim feeds Luke. After dinner and before Luke's bedtime at 8 p.m., it's the only quality time I get with my wife and child during the week.

Let me be clear, I am not willing to give up what little time I spend with my wife and child during the week just to make it to the gym or go for a run. But getting out and being healthy is important to me, and it's important to Kim as well. We both want to be able to exercise, but there's no time except for the weekends, and two days out of the week isn't going to help much. Maybe something is better than nothing, but I want my workouts to be more meaningful.

Kim and I have considered simply sucking it up and rotating nights during the week who goes to the gym and who stays home with the little one. But neither of us want to do that, because then we're missing out on not only time with Luke, but also time with each other. It's looking more and more like we might have to invest in something like P90X or some other form of home workout DVDs, because right now, we're paying for a gym membership we've used less than 10 times since Luke was born. We're also going to buy a jogging stroller when the weather gets nicer. We'd like to train for a 5K later this spring. But there's something to be said for getting to the gym too, and I miss it, and so does Kim.

But those are our ideas. Anyone have any better ideas...or know how to add an hour or two to the day?

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