I use to get so annoyed, like wanting to pull my hair out frustrated when my kids would get in my way when I would workout. I still get irritated from time to time, typically with the older ones when they ask one of their billion questions midway through plyo lunges when they could just go ask their dad in the adjacent room. But over all, now I enjoy them jumping in with me so much!
I look back and think about how ridiculous I was! Part of it was I really used my workout as “me time” which it still is, but in a different way! Now it is me time in the sense of that exercise is just part of who I am and I’m not trying to just use it as alone time. We did have to set some boundaries to help make it easier on everyone.
-I do prefer to workout before they wake up most days so I try to do that 75% of the time.
-if they are in the room where I’m working out they need to either respect my space so they don’t get hurt or join me and we’ll do the exercise together.
-if my youngest wants to be held, I sub her for my weight and most the time she is ok with that.
-they need to ask their questions between exercises and I’ll respond if I’m not dying in attempt to catch my breath, if I don’t answer they need to be patient or go ask daddy.
-if they really need my attention I will pause my workout and attend them and then resume it.
I am so glad I’m not crabby about them joining me anymore! If I would have kept that up I can only imagine the negative feelings and thoughts that would have come from “mommy’s workouts.” When it comes to your workout do you prefer-kids, no kids, or doesn’t matter?!