Wife-like Substance and I have been trying, with varying degrees of success, to carve out some time to get some exercise over the last few months. For a while we had a good stretch going, but travel over the summer kind of messed everything up. The other problem: we were waking up before 5:00am to fit it in. After a while that just starts to hurt.
We've been attempting to get back into that schedule for a few weeks now, but with darker mornings and more hectic days, that "off" button on the alarm is damn easy to find at o'-dark-thirty. So we need a new plan, but when the hell do we wedge an hour of new activity into our lives? As it stands, our schedule looks roughly like this:
5:30 wake up and get things ready for the day (on weekends, the kids wake up now too)
6:30 Wake up the kids (magically, only on weekdays) and eat family breakfast
7:30 drop kids off at day care and get into work.
4:30 head home to make dinner
6:30 bath time
7-7:30 kids in bed
7:30-8:30 prep lunches and dinner for the next day or eat our own dinner (if we fed the kids separately)
8:30 - 10:00 mixture of next day prep, finish up work that needs doing, or actually getting to talk.
10:00-11:00 hopefully make it to bed sometime in this hour.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
I've tried the mid-day run and that always seems to lose to more pressing commitments. I've tried dropping the kids off and going then, but that means skipping breakfast and just gets tough to juggle. Night time is kids-swim-in-the-crazy-pool in our house, which seems like a bad time to take off and leave one parent to play life-guard.
However, people do make it work for them, so I'm looking for suggestions. How do you make time for physical activity beyond baby-chasing?