With more and more moms joining the ranks of those working outside the home, the question of when does a mom get time for herself is becoming an ongoing dilemma for more women. There is work, home, children, spouse or significant other and they usually get put ahead of Mom.
This subject reached a new level recently when one working mom on a social networking site admitted that she often walks in a nearby cemetery because then people assume she is visiting family or friends and leave her alone. The overwhelming number of moms on that message board indicated they never got time for themselves but, desperately wanted some. Many of those who seemed fairly happy with the amount of time they got for themselves touched on the time they spend working out as being incredibly important.
In Madison there are no shortage of ways to stay fit between fabulous bike and running paths, cross country ski trails, wonderful city parks, the many locations of the YMCA and a plethora of fitness clubs. Most of us should be able to find something that meets our fitness level, our schedule and, what we like to do.
Remembering the not-to-distant past when “mommy time” at my house meant a babysitter for the munchkins, I thought it important to also touch on places where mom can get a little help with the little ones!
The Dane County YMCA has its YChild Watch at all three locations. Through this program, childcare is provided for children six weeks through six years while mom works out at the facility. If you’re not a Y member but are taking a class there, you can still utilize the program but, will have to pay a fee for it.
If you live on the east side or in Sun Prairie, the Prairie Athletic Club also has child care available for its members. With locations on both the east and west sides, the Princeton Club could possibly be billed as fitting just about anyone’s schedule. In addition to being open 24 hours per day, free childcare for infants through 12-year-olds is featured high on the services on the Princeton Club’s website.
If you’re beyond needing childcare or if you have some help already in place, there are countless other gyms to check out. Take your time, visit, ask questions and see where you feel comfortable. That way you will want to go back often!
Perhaps spending time outdoors is more attractive to you. Could there be a better city to do that than Madison. With great city parks, running and biking trails and lots of cross country skiing trails this is a great option even this time of the year!
At one point or another almost every mom feels totally overwhelmed and becomes totally convinced there is no way she can make time for her. Just remember, that may be when it is needed most.
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