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!