Pretty much the moment my wife and I found out about the baby, and then decided that I would be staying home, I started a regimen personal pain. I was desperate to work off the extra 30 pounds of cubicle weight I had gained from sitting on my butt every day, just so I’d have the energy to care for an infant and then, eventually, follow around a toddler.
Fast forward six years.
I lost the weight before the baby arrived and felt like the energy started to flow. Fortunately, it has continued to flow over these past many years, and I plan on competing in my first-ever triathlon this summer.
I’ve tried many, many ways to stay motivated to keep working out — gyms, videos, small personal goals — but largely it comes back to the fact that I want to have the energy to keep up with my kid, and I want to be healthy enough to stick around as she ages.
As New Year’s Day approaches and people start thinking about their own personal goals, I wanted to share a couple awesome web sites I’ve used to stay motivated, get some tips, learn more about fitness and, best of all, squeeze in some serious workouts — for free — while staying home with the kid.
It can definitely be a challenge to find the time, but I’ve found a couple great resources I pick and choose from to keep going.
Before we get to the list, however, I wanted to offer a special shout out to my favorite. It seems anticlimactic, I know, to reveal the No. 1 before I even get to the No. 5. But I love this website so much, because the workouts are short, brutal and incredibly fun. Thanks to Body Rock, I’ve been able to squeeze in quick workouts while dealing with everything from work demands, kid demands and PTA demands. I love it. And if you’re looking for an easy, free way to get an ass-kicking this new year, check it out.
That said, here are some of my favorite online resources for in-demand parents to stay healthy. I’d love to hear any of your recommendations in the comments. And best of luck with your new year’s resolutions — you can do it!