Thursday, March 19, 2009

Can Good Childcare at the Gym Motivate You to Work Out?

The other day I overheard a mom as she was dropping off her child at the gym's child care center. She said: "I have never worked out as consistently in my life. I just HAVE to drop of my son every day to get a minute to myself. I am finally in the shape I want to be AFTER having a kid. I thought I would never get there."

While I have missed workouts since Korey was born due to sickness (his and mine), missed naps, etc., knowing that he enjoys himself and gets rid of some of his energy is a great motivator to work out! When we work out, all of us just have a better day. He is tired and takes a nap without fuss, and I feel good and can handle the afternoon meltdown (if one happens) a lot better. It's truly a great motivator to work out as much as possible!

Thank you gym child care!

Be well,


  1. Anonymous3/31/2010

    Hi Andrea,

    I have to admit I have only been to the gym a few times in my life on a guest pass. Although, now that I am in my 30's and my youngest is 1, I am excited that my body is no longer a baby factory but mine. I have always had a hard time justifying spending money on the gym. I tell myself if I really wanted to work out I would do it at home. As well every time I drop my children off at the church nursery on Sundays - the Tuesday morning sickness usually crops up. I admire your commitment to your exercise at the gym. In your March 30th post "Why Do You Exercise" I have found that I am committed to exercise as part of my daily life. This usually means walking my kids to school instead of driving, walking to friends' houses, walking around the mall as fast as I can - taking the kids to the playground and doing a little workout on the gym equipment (my chin-ups desperately need attention!) When the weather isn't cooperating I resort to dance parties with my kids and trying to figure out what Beyonce is doing in her "All the Single Ladies" video on YouTube! Thanks for the great blog!

  2. Hi Miranda,
    Great comment! I think finding ways to move your body that you enjoy and that fit your life at the moment is key to sticking with exercise. Sounds like you are doing a great job... :)