So many moms and dads that I know have let fitness fall to the wayside so they can focus on their kids, or because they are too tired to even think about working out -- and I totally identify with these feelings. But one thing I've learned in my first year of mommyhood is that exercising regularly helps you be a better parent. What's good for you is good for your kids, and staying fit gives you the energy to chase after your toddler or play with your older kids. There's also some solid research linking regular exercise to happiness, and I think we're all better parents when we're happy, right?
The trouble is finding the time to exercise -- especially when your little ones are always underfoot. The tips and ideas below are ones that have worked well for me or for other parents that I know. I hope you'll share your own tips in the comments for sneaking in exercise as a busy parent!