The Mom Buff: SAHMs Have More Time to Work Out

"Erin, you have more time to work out since you don't work," says my friend Benny. (The commenter's name has been modified for his protection from angry SAHMs everywhere.)

When he told me that, I think 5 flies flew into my open mouth. Let's look at the participants in this conversation.

Me, Erin of the Mom Buzz: A stay-at-home mom of two boys ages 1 and 3. Husband works over 40 hours a day, plus he works out 5 days a week after work.

Denny: Single male, recently engaged. Probably works over 40 hours a week too, as a manager of a busy retail location.

Who has more free time? Every SAHM I told this story to gasped, laughed or asked for his address to deliver a special message to him. That's because I would like to know where our free time is? Personally, my husband wakes up at 5:30am to cardio. He returns home at 8:00pm most days. But even then, my work day does not end until at the earliest 9:00pm, since we start the bedtime routines at 8:30. And I can't just leave the kids home by themself to go workout - kinda defeats the purpose of being a SAHM - plus I think it's illegal.


So when do I work out? Most days, between the hours of 9:30 pm and 11:00pm. I don't really want to be at the gym between the hours of midnight and 5:30am, when my husband is also home. I hope you understand that, all you Benny's out there.

Now let's talk when Benny, in other words - all single males, can work out. They can go before work, during lunch, after work. Their work day often (not always - but commonly) begins at 8:00am, a 1 hour lunch break is common (good enough for a 30-minute cardio session) and then they can work out anytime after work. The common end of a workday is 5pm. As a manager of a retail location, the hours will differ than common office hours - but with an 8 work day they still have plenty of options to work out. How do I know this - because I was a single person who used to work out BEFORE WORK, DURING LUNCH and AFTER WORK.

There is no before, during or after work when you are a SAHM. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being with my babies. But at the same time, there are no sick days or days off. So, I plan my schedule accordingly to fit in working out. And to tell me it's easier is only proof that you don't understand everything a mother does - one thing being planning. I plan morning routines, lunch time, playdates, bed and bath routines, etc. And I can plan my work-outs.

Benny is engaged now - what lies in his future... who knows. But if parenthood is to come, I hope he never make those assumptions with his future wife! And I hope that instead of using his time working out his "mouth" to say asinine comments, that he use that same time to fit in a work-out!

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