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Even people who are very determined to keep up their healthy habits can lose them after they have children. Youngsters can demand so much of your time that you barely have time to breathe, let alone be physically active.
But there are ways to stay active that don't require a lot of extra time. You just need to figure out how to work activity into the other parts of your life.
You want to do either 2½ hours of moderate or 1¼ hours of vigorous activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like brisk walking or shooting baskets. Vigorous activity includes things like jogging, cross-country skiing, or playing a basketball game.
Having a young child doesn't leave you much time for yourself. There are ways to get active as a family. Or you can get your exercise in small chunks. Three 10-minute periods of activity spread throughout the day are just as good as one 30-minute period. Find the time that works best for you and your family.
This is a good time to look to your own needs and your own health. Getting in some activity while your child is napping, or after he or she has gone to bed for the night, may work best for you.
When young children are awake and active, you may find it easier if you break your physical activity into little chunks of time. The key is to think of ways to make your child part of that activity.
Current as of: March 12, 2014
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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