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October 25, 2013

Fitting In Time for Fitness

by Tracy Jensen

Just when you think you have the whole parenting gig figured out, it changes. Each time one thing gets easier (I find) some other part gets more complicated. In particular, as my daughter has aged, the expectations of schoolwork and homework have begun to really present a challenge.

She has dyslexia, and while she’s made great strides improving her reading, the fifth-grade workload is starting to build up against her disability. EVERYTHING takes longer. She gets extra time at school to complete tests and class assignments, but when it comes to deciding how to trim the homework, her team of teachers (or I) can’t decide which subjects to cut back on — they’re all important. So we trudge on.

Needless to say, there’s been a cost. Weekday play dates are out. No organized sports. We’ve barely been hanging in there for dance class once a week. End result: very little “get active” time. And since this has been going on for 2 months now, well, let’s just say these bodies at rest have been remaining at rest.

So how do you break out of the quicksand of inactivity? I’ve been trying to figure out that one myself. I’m working on implementing these tips for making it happen, and I’m really focusing on steps 3 & 4: Stick to the schedule for homework, and keep it simple & fun. Walking the dogs or going on a bike ride can be as long or short as we have time for after the work is done, and they’ve got a built-in fun factor.

How has your activity schedule adapted as your kids get older? What motivates you to find time for fitness?

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