One of the biggest questions I am often asked, is how I balance my full-time job, training and parenting. There is no secret for how I do it, but there is a method to the madness. I try and keep my daily routine the same throughout the work week. My wife and I wake up at 4:15 A.M. and begin our morning training session. We decided to invest in our own home gym and take the travel time to the gym out of the equation. This also eliminates the problem of finding someone to watch our children or to have one of us wait for the other to finish their workout before the other can begin. We are always at home, so that if we must attend to one of the children, all we have to do is go upstairs. The morning routine assures us that our children will not have to sacrifice time with us, just so we can get a quick workout in. This generally allows us to maintain our progress in the gym and still always be there for our children. You don’t need expensive equipment to have a home gym either. Think of the amount of money you will save in gas and memberships year after year (Our gym took around 3 years to pay for itself). Some dumbbells and free weights with a good piece of cardio equipment is all you need. How much you want to expand the gym is up to you. You will also have to work within the space limits of the area set aside for your home gym as well.
Balancing my work schedule is no picnic either. Some things in life you can not change. I pull 10 hour shifts at the hospital, and then have a commute depending on weather conditions somewhere between 1 to 1.5 hours round trip. That’s already 11.5 to 12 hours of my day already spent. If you figure the time it takes to feed my children and give them baths, the time together each night is very limited. We have to do the best we can, and just go with it. My #1 priority is to be a good father and husband to my family and also support them and take care of them. At the same time I also have a responsibility to myself. To be there for my family, I need to make sure that I maintain a healthy lifestyle. My time with my family and friends should be times of enjoyment. I would hate to lose time with them over something that I could have changed or avoided healthwise.
Another way to fit your fitness time in, is to include your family into some sort of physical activity. I understand that depending on where you live and the weather conditions all play a vital role in this, but it is a great way to get creative and kill two birds with one stone. You can spend quality time together and do some sort of exercise. My wife Sarah and I like to take the kids to the MetroParks and let the kids do the physical activity stations with us. I know roller skating is a bit dated, but nonetheless, it’s a physical activity that is great for cardiovascular strengthening and is fun at the same time. You just have to think about something that you can get the entire family involved in. Wrestling around is always fun, just be safe and don’t get too wild and out of control. Playing sports is always an option, and it will allow you to explore what activities and sports your children are really interested in. You might even think about picking up a new sport, just to give it a shot and to try something different. The main goal here is to just be involved with your family. Watching a movie is always fun, and cuddle time with your kids is something that every parent enjoys, but you also need to make sure your family is staying active in their lives as well. The best gift of all is the gift of life. Don’t fall into the sedentary lifestyle that may take away precious time with your loved ones. Some things in life we can not control, but we don’t need to help them out either.
…Stay Strong, Stay True.
About the Author
Michael Klamut was the 2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion. Mike is a United States Air Force veteran (1997-2001) who works as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) during the day, and is a busy husband and father of two during the night. Mike entered his first bodybuilding competition and took 1st place in his Novice weight class (Middleweight) and Novice Overall. He takes great pride in helping others with their fitness goals and hopes to inspire and motivate everyone he comes into contact with. Mike is looking forward to helping all Labrada Nutrition fans reach their personal goal(s) and hopes to help them conquer any obstacle(s) that stands in their way. You can visit Mike Klamut’s website at: http://michaelklamut.wix.com/klamutfitness