How to fit in exercise when you're crazy busy

Podcast Episode 80: How to Fit in Exercise When You’re Crazy Busy

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 80 of The New Family Podcast where we explore how to fit in exercise when you’re a busy parent.

Good news: You can actually stay fit more easily than you might imagine. My guest on today’s episode is Barbara Grant, founder, and director of a pilates studio called Retrofit Pilates. Barbara is also a movement educator, health and wellness writer, and the host of “Shape Up with Barbara Grant” on Rogers TV. Barbara and her husband Jim became parents in their 40s, and are now navigating an active life in downtown Toronto with their 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. She and I talk about the simple ways to work exercise into your everyday routine when family life is just too nutty to get to a fitness class. Plus, we chat about the importance of reclaiming a sense of play in our own exercise, something we tend to lose sight of while we’re focussed on getting our kids to all their enriching extra-curricular activities. Here’s how to save some of those resources for yourself so the whole family can be active and healthy. If you want to add to your health journey, always do your research on how you can support that, for example, some may turn to add-ons such as foundation four powder to help them first thing in the morning so they, and you, are raring to go.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Barbara.

Visit Retrofit Pilates Page

Barbara Grant’s Shape Up TV Show

Barbara Grant’s Twitter Page

Barbara Grant’s Facebook Page

Related Episode: How to Be an Active Family All Year Round

Related Episode: Rethinking Self-Care for Parents

Barbara’s Favourite Parenting Advice
“My mom raised six children. When I saw her with my children, I realized that she treated them each very much as individuals. Each of them was different. What worked with one child doesn’t work with another child. […] Children are very resilient. And children will move at their own speed and catch up or move forward at different times. Don’t sweat it. Continue to model, not the best ever, perfect, parenting behavior; but if you’re just a good decent person, acting and living a good life, your kids will pick up on that. And everyone is going to be okay in the end. You can’t sweat every minute of parenting. My mother hardly sweated anything.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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