When my neighbor does have time to walk, we walk for about an hour which equals 4-5 times around our neighborhood. Those walks usually don't bother me at all. Yesterday morning I decided I needed to kick it in gear and start exercising again. I gathered the kids to go walking before it got too warm out.
First off, it is a workout in itself to get my kids dressed and out the door. Sure we were just going walking, but I wanted to change them out of their pjs and put shoes on them. This process usually takes way longer than I plan.
I then walk the neighborhood once with Isabella in a stroller and Evan on whatever contraption he decides is coolest that day. Yesterday morning it was a scooter, this morning was a tricycle. Halfway through he was too tired so we headed back to get the wagon.
I dig the wagon out of the garage(again, another workout) because it is under boxes of items waiting to be reviewed and buckle them both in. Yeah, he had on these awesomely amazing sunglasses the whole time.
About halfway through my first time around the neighborhood I start huffing and puffing. After thinking about it, I'm pulling at least 50 more pounds and the weight of the wagon behind me. There are two big hills that never seemed to end and they totally kicked my behind. I was a little embarrassed because I saw another mom pushing her ONE baby in a stroller and she probably thought I was totally out of shape-she was right. Another mom that we go with to the park happened to drive her van by too-again-totally embarrassed because I was huffing and puffing and was no doubt completely red in the face.
Even though I felt like a total loser, I think I got an awesome workout and used muscles that I probably wouldn't have anytime soon. The moral of this story is to take your kids with you if you want to get a really good workout! And yeah, I was dumb enough to repeat that process this morning. I better be super skinny in a few weeks. :D