Mummy-toddler workout FAIL


This blog is Day 18 of my 30 days of motherhood blogging challenge. Every day, for 30 days, I’m sharing diary-style snippets of my life as a working mum to one cheeky toddler. Consider this part creative experiment, part self-therapy. Feel free to play along at home! You can read days one to 17 here.

I think I hit a new low today. (A funny one, not a serious one).

At about 4.45 pm, I was feeling restless and antsy after a full day sitting at the computer and barely moving.

So, I thought I’d find something on YouTube that Zoey and I could do together. I searched ‘at home workout with toddler’ and trusted the internet gods to provide.

YOU GUYS, there is an entire, terrifying world of mummy-toddler workouts out there!

I selected one at random and I kid you not, I had to switch the thing off after five minutes. The warm up started with me throwing Zoey in the air and doing squats and lunges while holding her to my chest.

Of course, Zoey thought this was the greatest thing ever, but every time I stopped to take a breath she was like ‘again, again, again!’.

Sorry kiddo, there’s no way I’m making this a ‘thing’. I won’t survive. Every time I turn on the telly, she’ll expect to be launched in the sky.

I also thought I would seriously injure myself or Zoey – some of the moves involved me doing leg lifts while she was on my shoulders. The baby in the video seemed to understand the concept of holding on for dear life, but Zoey would quite happily launch herself off my shoulders just to see what happened.

Oh well, at least I tried.

Maybe you can help me avoid similar fails in the future. How do you fit in exercise with a toddler in tow? I found it pretty easy in summer – loads of walking. But now that it’s getting cold, I feel bad about putting Zoey in the pram too early in the morning or too late in the day (especially because she refuses to wear a hat, blanket and sometimes shoes). Sure, I could just let her figure out what cold feels like, but then she might get sick and I could lose a week or so of work?

I know some people get up and go to the gym at 5 am before their kids wake up – this terrifies me, but maybe I should consider it once or twice a week…

I don’t have any major fitness goals, I just like to stay active because I have such a sedentary job (seriously, my posture is shocking). I also find that moving my body is really good for my mental health. It makes me feel happier!

What are your tips? How do you stay active when you work a desk job? Please save me from YouTube hell.

Until tomorrow,
Jess x