One treadmill which is a joy

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As any parent will know, time out is important. No, I’m not talking about the children when they’ve been misbehaving and are sent to the naughty step to switch their mood back from bad to good.

I mean the time out every parent needs from time to time to re-charge those batteries, let stress drift away and switch your mood back from bad to good.

Sometimes it can be just five minutes away from the craziness to enjoy some calm. Other times it can be getting the help of a babysitter to get away from the routine when you can use the sentence ‘this makes a nice change’.

Well here’s something I never thought I’d say – my form of time out has become the gym. I know, it’s a strange thing to say. But I have the exercise bug and when I’m on the treadmill I’m relaxed and I recommend it to all parents.

It’s a win win situation.

I get some time out from the kids and they get a daddy who has more energy which means longer games of hide and seek and tag.