What if I said that I found a way to make you love going to the gym, get relatively fit with seemingly little effort, and make going to the gym feel like a vacation?!
Read on my friend.
So you have followed your husband and dragged your toddler (and a zoo) to the capital.
Chances are that your political husband is going to be putting in long hours—even longer if he is newly elected and still learning the ropes.
Unless you have a retired relative living in the capital who is dying to spend time with your child, you may find yourself without a mommy support network or anyone to turn to when you need a break from your child to save your sanity.
Even if you are with your husband the entire time he is in the capital, politicians don’t live in there full-time or full-year. Most babysitters require some sort of a commitment. And as a result we had a difficult time finding one.
Part-time, drop-in or on-demand child care is very hard to find. If you do find it, it can be quite pricey.
Best Life Hack EVER.
Find a gym that has child care. It is literally THAT simple.
Your gym’s childcare will either be free/included in your membership or very affordable. The gym in my district offers childcare free to members for two hours a day while they “work out.” The gym (same chain as the one that I go to in the district) that I use in the capital charges $4 an hour for up to two hours a day. Much better than the minimum of $15 an hour you are going to be paying for a reputable babysitter in a big city.
It gets better.
Gyms often have free wifi. Sometimes they even have a cafe on premises.
Wait, it still gets better.
If you find that this is the best thing that has ever happened to you, but you want less of a public gym feel and more of a spa-like atmosphere, some gyms have extra-exclusive change rooms that you can access with an additional fee or extra membership. I believe the extra cost to access these facilities at my gym is something reasonable—like an extra $16 on top of your membership fee.
When you calculate the amount of money you are saving on child care, and priceless joy that comes from washing your hair in peace, it might be the best $16 you have ever spent.
So if your husband has worked too many long days and late nights, your toddler is driving you bonkers, and all you want to do is drink a cup of coffee in peace and wash and dry your hair, head on over to your local gym. Chances are that you will meet a group of like-minded mom’s doing the same thing.
Solo Parents Club
Solo parenting is when one parent works away for a period of time. Although the people are still in a relationship and are not considered “single parents” solo parents and single parents do experience many of the same parenting challenges.
My mom friends at the gym have taught me that solo parenting is surprisingly common. It is great for my mental health when I bump into one of my solo mom friends at the gym and she tells me that she isn’t there to work out but just to wash her hair in peace.
My current favourite workout at the gym is to respond to emails, make calls or listen to an audiobook while walking on the treadmill. Moms with limited amounts of child-free time have to multitask.
But to be completely honest, sometimes after I drop AG off at the gym childcare, I find a comfortable spot at the gym, curl up, drink coffee and work on my laptop.
Regardless of what I am actually doing there my morning jaunt to the gym has become one of my favourite parts of my day.
Although I am not at my most physically fit time at my life, I have managed to stay in relatively decent shape with seemingly little effort. Because let’s face it; actually getting to the gym is 75% of the work-out battle.
But if going to the gym seems like a morning at the spa than it seems like much less of a chore to go.
I look forward to my time at the gym and I work really hard there. It just might be on my laptop and instead of a treadmill.
P.S. Seeing how we are being honest, here is what I actually look like when I am at the gym.
Comment below with your amazing life hack!