This week’s Saturday Sidebar Question comes from World Moms Blog writer Maggie Ellison.  She asked our writers,

“Do you have an exercise schedule? How do you do it with kids? What do you do?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Hamakkomommy of Japan writes:
“Yes! I downloaded some circuit-training type exercise videos onto my iPad from iTunes. Nowadays I usually work out while the kids are at school, but before that (and now when they are off school), I would let them watch a video while I exercised with the iPad right behind them.

I choose routines that are no more than thirty minutes long and often have to pause frequently and attend to the kids. It’s not ideal, and I don’t really like letting them watch TV, but it’s the best I can do right now. I usually manage to exercise four times a week, plus living in the city in Japan I have to do lots of walking and bicycling whether I want to or not.”

Eva Fannon of Washington State, USA writes:
“Sadly, no, not a regular exercise schedule – it’s a random one.  This is something I really want to change in my life, but am having a hard time finding the time to do it.  I am hoping for a little inspiration through everyone’s responses to this post!”

JPrestholdt of Minnesota, USA writes:
“I’ve run 3 marathons in the past 3 years, mostly by running during my lunch break. This summer I am trying something a little different – I am bike commuting to work. It takes about the same amount of time as driving but I get a workout instead of sitting on my bum.”

Travel Lady with Baby of Quebec, Canada writes:
“I do circuits at the park every day, run 3 times a week with the dog, and do pilates. It is so important to schedule in exercise no matter what.”

ThirdEyeMom of Minnesota, USA writes:
“I work out every day due to necessity! I have always exercised and been in sports my entire life so I can’t live without it. When I had young kids, I put them in the BOB jogging stroller. Now I have a tag-along attached to my bike for my 5 year old and my 7 year old can make 20 miles himself! I also have a treadmill in the house for last resort. Finally, in winter we like to snowshoe and downhill ski as a family.”

Ms. V of South Korea writes:
“I don’t have a preset schedule but I do squeeze it in every day. I had a pretty severe case of diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) due to pregnancy so I have to strengthen those every day. Most days I use the gym in our building, either after the little one has gone to bed, or during his nap if the hubs or nanny is here. And, living in a big city, we pretty much walk or bike everywhere.”

Karyn Van Der Zwet of New Zealand writes:
“I hadn’t been doing any exercise, but have just started using my stepper for half an hour a day while the boys are home for their holidays. I prefer to swim than do anything else and can get back into that once our youngest starts kindy (pre-school) in a week or two. Can’t wait!”

Nihad of Egypt writes:
“Yes, I have an exercise schedule.  I exercise 3 times a week 2 hours each time (1 hour in the gym and 1 hour in a fitness class). I can do it easily now as my kids are old enough to take care of themselves when I am not at home but when they were so young I wasn’t able to do it unless there were someone to take care of them. I am able to do it now as I am self-employed and my kids are older. I love my life now, feeling free to do what I want when I want is really important to me.”

Lady E of Indonesia writes:
“I sneak in yoga as much as possible. I teach 2 yoga classes a week, and then try to do yoga on my own when my son is asleep. I have also just started to run alongside my son while he rides his bike.”

Galit Breen of Minnesota, USA writes:
“I get up at 5 to run or do kettle bells. I don’t even recognize myself anymore. :)”

What about you…is exercise part of your life?  Any tips or tricks on how to fit it into a busy mom’s schedule?  

And do you have a question you would like to pose to our WMB writers?  If so, email us at to see what they have to say.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out where our World Moms will take us next week!

– World Moms Blog

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