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April 10, 2013

FITNESS SOURCE: Fitness can be a lifesaver for stay-at-home moms

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As a mother of a toddler, Bell says at first she had a difficult time leaving her newborn. The class seems to help parents ease that fear. Due with her second child in May, she plans on returning to teaching the class with her new baby in tow. 

“This is really a great comfortable way for moms and dads… to bring their kids with them and get some exercise and get back into the swing of things and be around other parents,” she says. “It’s like a little support group.”

Like Bell, Georgetown resident Melissa Wheatley depends on the Y to help get in her workouts. The mother of three uses their Child Watch to babysit her youngest while she runs on the treadmill or participates in classes. Free with a membership, the in-house daycare watches little ones for up to two hours while their parents make use of the facilities. 

“Staying at home, you kind of juggle it all,” Wheatley says. “If it wasn’t for the Child Watch at the Y, there probably would be no workouts. That’s huge for me.”

Finding a moment for those workouts, even with the Y available, can be a problem. Wheatley says at times exercising needs to take precedence over other activities. To new parents, she suggests using naptime to get a few minutes in. Doing physical activities with your children, like taking a walk around the neighborhood, can also help. 

“You can find every excuse in the book, but if you’re truly passionate about weight loss or staying fit, whatever your goal is, you have to make it a priority,” Wheatley says. “You just have to designate that time to get that done.” 

When first exploring her fitness options, New Albany resident Michelle Finn contemplated going to a traditional gym. That was before she was introduced by an online ad to hooping. The mother of three now gets most of her exercise from exercising with this favorite child’s toy. 

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