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Because parents’ needs become secondary to their families’ needs, making time for exercise is difficult for any parent — whether they work outside the home or stay at home.

Chris Ader, of Valparaiso, said his work schedule makes it impossible to get on any consistent workout routine. But since he was physically and mentally feeling effects of not working out, he decided to go back to basics and simply do push-ups.

“When I started about four or five weeks ago, I could barely do 20. But now I wake up, say hello to my boys and just drop where I am and do 50 push-ups. Then brush my teeth and do another 50. You’re really talking about maybe taking 10 minutes out of your day,” said Ader, who is now up to 300 push-ups a day.

Beth Magnavite, co-owner of MB TwinFit and personal trainer, said how Ader is exercising validates the point that exercise can be done anywhere.

“Your bodyweight is one of the best tools you can use and you take it everywhere you go,” Magnavite said. “Doing compound exercises — working multiple muscle groups — like the push-up or squat will target a greater calorie burn while utilizing many muscles at once.”

Magnavite trains Jaclyn Serrano, of Schererville. Serrano said the support of her family and friends help her make her health a priority. She and her husband work outside the home, have a 3-year-old son and she is eight months pregnant.

“With my first pregnancy I had gestational diabetes, and I didn’t want that again,” said Serrano, who has been training with Magnavite for about a year and a half. “Consistency is key for me. I come here every Tuesday night — even when I had morning sickness I still came here. I want to go as long as I can — I’m not going to quit.”

Mara Magnavite, Beth’s twin sister who is also co-owner of MB TwinFit, said having support can make or break a client’s success.

“Family support is huge. We have people that come here without that support system and they are the ones that don’t stick with it,” Mara Magnavite said.

One way to get or increase support is to join a group — formally or among friends.

Pamela Rocha, of Hobart, found support by joining Fit4Mom in October 2014 and eventually became an instructor for the club in January.

“Exercise has always been a priority in my life,” Rocha said. “Children learn by example and I love that while we are exercising in front of our kids at Fit4Mom we are teaching our children how to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Fit4Mom is an exercise club that welcomes moms of all fitness levels and stages of motherhood. The club includes classes such as Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back and Lean Mommy.

“Watching these women get up early and get their kids ready in the morning to come get a good workout in to better their lives and set good examples for their children, amazes me. It really motivates me to want to be a great instructor for them,” Rocha said.

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