Sure, you’ve got some baby weight still to lose ((just a little!) and you wish your arms were more muscular, but no one can blame you for never going to the gym because you don’t have a babysitter to watch the kids while you enjoy a workout, right? Wrong. Many of the latest and greatest health clubs wipe that excuse away with in-house childcare. It’s like a play date at the gym and you walk away stronger, leaner and happier. Here’s a list of area healthcare clubs that take the stress of childcare off your shoulders so you can lift a few extra pounds at the bench.

photo: Lifetime Fitness

Lifetime Fitness

Lifetime Fitness takes a holistic approach to staying fit and that includes a family-oriented workout environment. The Lifetime Kids program engages your little ones in a variety of healthy activities while you work out. The Child Center is open to children 3 months to 11 years and features different zones with active learning experiences that include games, arts and crafts, pretend play and tummy time for infants, along with more structured play for older children. This isn’t just childcare; it’s an active learning program. You can work out with ease, knowing that your children are benefiting from positive role models in an engaging environment that inspires youngsters to make healthy life choices.

7220 Lee DeForest Dr. (Columbia, Md)

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This Georgetown studio that features body-shaping classes through a unique mix of yoga, Pilates and the ballet barre, offers childcare with experienced staff for ages 6 weeks through 8 years. The cost is $5 per class or you can purchase a 10-pack for $45. The service is available for most weekday classes and many weekend classes. Reservations are highly recommended and you can do it all online.

1100 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Georgetown)

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The Women's Club

With a name like The Women’s Club, you would expect them to offer childcare and you would be right. Childcare is offered 7 days a week with no reservations necessary. You can breeze in at any time and pump some iron while your little ones enjoy everything from musical activities, to fitness classes, to computer games, to arts and crafts, and more. There’s a separate infant room with diaper changing services for children 3 years and under. The cost is $5 for one child and $4 for each additional child. Or you can have unlimited access for $9.50 bi-weekly for one child and $5 bi-weekly for each additional child (billed with your monthly dues).

14175 Sullyfield Cir., Ste. 100 (Chantilly, Va)

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XSport Fitness

XSport Fitness has just about everything you could want in a gym, including a very active play area for their “littlest” members that features interactive toys, videos, and a tot-friendly climbing wall. And if there’s one thing that could make free childcare while you work out even better, XSport Fitness has that too: you can watch your child on closed-circuit TV monitors while she plays and you sweat. Yes, you read that right. With five different Northern Virginia locations, you really have no reason not to be in shape!

4300 King St. (Alexandria, Va)

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Sport and Health

Here’s a place where you can spend a couple of hours working up a sweat and know that your kids are having a good time too. Sport & Health’s Kidz Klub features a well-maintained play area with separate spaces for older and younger children, including cribs, swings and lots of toys. And it’s all included in your membership fees!

4001 Brandywine St., NW

Does your gym have a daycare? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

–Jamy Bond