From what I've read, there's a general consensus when it comes to exercising on Paleo: though many websites and books center their attention on lifting weights, doing body-weight exercises and running sprints, there's nothing wrong with the slow and steady exercise of walking. Think of it this way: our ancestors were hunters and gatherers who migrated across the land in search of food. How did they get from one place to another? Walking, of course!
I'm a walker - always have been, always will be. As long as I have something to keep my mind busy, like music, podcasts or even some Old Time Radio shows, I can walk and walk and walk until my legs finally fall off.
Between the kids and work, I don't get a lot of exercise time these days. Yes, I could pop them into our big stroller and stroll around the neighborhood but that's about all I can do - stroll. When I walk, really WALK, I like to do long distances and intervals of different speeds, walking at a brisk pace to a certain point and then walking slower for a bit, then faster, etc etc. It really gets the heart going. Hard to do that with a 70+ lb stroller that is a (insert curse word here) to get up and down the curbs in my neighborhood.
So, what can a Single Mama do? Well, number one is I don't stress about it - the stress will only kill me off early. And secondly, I exercise when I can. I lift my toddler (around 35-40 lbs) often - Mama's little kettlebell - and play a rousing game of "tickle monster" whenever I need to break up the boredom.
Most importantly, I take the time when I kid-less to get my exercise in. For the last few weeks, I've been getting up early (7 AM-ish) one morning a weekend and taking a long walk. Sometimes, when I feel adventurous, I drive up to one of the local nature preserves for a quick hike. But most times, I stick to walking around my neighborhood - 1 lap around the circumference of my neighborhood equals 1.5 miles. Yes, it's quite a distance but as long as I have my ipod to keep me company, it goes by pretty quickly.
As I walked out the door last Saturday, I decided, "I'm going to walk until my legs start complaining." I turned on some music and started walking. It wasn't until the end of the third lap that my legs started to complain.
Total distance walked this week - 4.5 miles. Wow...