Question for the parents:
I’ve been trying to re-jigger my exercise routine so that it’s a routine and not, I dunno, some happenstance event like finding a twenty in the street. I’m okay enough with how I look, but I don’t feel great, so I’d like to work on that. I’ve discovered that my running stride is too bouncy to effectively push the jogging stroller forward without over-using my shoulders, so I’ve settled on five-mile walks, which let me work on my posture.
It took a long time to figure out how to incorporate Seamus into the walk once he started trying to ditch his nap. He fights getting into/being in the stroller if he’d rather walk, but the truth is that if he’s walking, Im not exercising, I’m walking with a toddler who still requires constant supervision and re-direction. I do those walks too, but not as my workout. Which I really need in order to not grey-out like I have been, or to keep my crankiness in check.
I’ve discovered that if I put Seamus into his stroller at mid-day, hand him his lunch, and go for a five-mile walk, he eats well then has a nap/quiet time, and I get some exercise. But he’s eating a meal alone, essentially, and I’m wondering how much of an impact this has. All breakfasts and dinners are family meals, and I’m a much more patient person when I’ve gotten my time to do something that is mostly for me now, but he could join me in walking when he is older and undertands that this is not a walk for exploring every single driveway on every single block.
I’m torn between thinking that this has benefits for us both, and that it’s a total dick parenting technique. Enlighten me please.