Yes, that old saying "If you can't beat 'em, join them." We've all heard that used in reference to all sorts of situations.
A few months ago, feeling frustrated that (yet again) another day would go by without me exercising, I decided to pop in a work out DVD and do it with my kids in the room.
This may sound silly and ridiculous - but as any parent knows - the minute you sit down on the floor, couch, bed, chair or anywhere - if your kids are anything like mine - they plant their cute butts right next to you, on you or climb into your lap (or general vicinity).
The scenario pretty much went like this:
I started putting on my running/exercise shoes.
My three year old daughter enters the room and sees me doing this and says: "Where are you going?"
Daughter: "Why are you putting on shoes?"
Me: "Because I'm going to do some exercise!"
Daughter: "Why you going to do some exercise?"
Me: "It's good to exercise - keeps you healthy and strong."
Daughter: "Okay, Mommy. You go do exercising." She wandered into the other room, then came back a few seconds later when she heard me putting on the TV.
Daughter promptly returns to room and continues with her line of questioning.
Daughter: "Mommy, who's that on the TV?"
Enter two year old son to the scenario.
Son: "Who 'dat, Mama?"
Me: "That's Jillian. She's going to show me how to do exercises." (The DVD was Ripped in 30 for those who are curious)
Me: "Yes, Jillian."
Son: "Otay, Mama. You do esserssisses."
Me: "Thanks, sweetie. You want to do exercises, too?"
Daughter: "I do! I do! Mommy can I do them, too? Can I?" I literally thought she was going to explode from excitement.
Here I was this entire time thinking I couldn't exercise because they were around. My palm-to-forehead moment.
If I can't exercise without them, why not include them?
So, that's just what I did. They hopped around, did jumping jacks, crunches and other moves with me. Did I almost hit them in the head a few times as they paced in front of me with my 4 lb. hand-weights? Almost. Were they "in my way" a bit? Of course.
But, it was an amazing moment for me as a mom - why would I NOT want to exercise around my kids?
I love that they see me taking time to exercise and work out.
I couldn't believe how long I had purposely avoided this!
So now, when I tell them I'm going to do exercises, they are actually my biggest supporters!
It's highly motivating to hear my daughter or son ask me "Are we doing exercises today?" or "Mom, can we go to the gym?"
How do you say no to that?