Exercising With Kids -- Tips
For Busy Parents
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exercise a priority is a challenge for everyone. And for parents it can be
especially difficult to find time to workout because of the full plates that
they often juggle. When summer arrives the juggling act becomes even more tricky
with kids home from school and involved in extracurricular activities.
finding time for regular physical activity is so important that it should be a
priority placed on your calendar, just like your kidsí softball game. A parent
needs to exercise not only for themselves, but also for their kids benefit.
Itís important to set a good example. If your children never see you
engage in fitness or if they hear you complain about working out, then they are
going to have a negative image of exercise. Let them know that you workout to
stay healthy, to be strong and to have more energy and stamina (so you can keep
up with them)!
big question is how to make it a priority that fits in your schedule. Well,
itís actually easier than you may think. With a little planning you can find
ways to incorporate workouts into the time you spend with your children.
Regardless of what age your children are, thereís a way to find time to
workout (often even with your kids)! Here are some tips based on the age of your
Infant through pre-school
in exercise time while they are napping. Try a home exercise video, walking
or jogging (if you have a treadmill), jumping rope.
them for even 15 minutes with a video or toy while you do some toning
exercises like squats and tricep dips.
your stroller and go for a brisk walk*. Or, buy a jogging stroller for more
flexibility. With a jogging stroller you can walk faster, jog or even run at
a fast pace. And, for veteran rollerbladers, you can even use the stroller
for some skating time.
younger children, you can use a back carrier to transport them while
walking. This can burn even more calories as the extra weight makes it more
on some music and dance together. Toddlers love dancing, especially when
their parents joins in.
your kid on a swing. And, after every push complete one squat.
an infant carrier or bike trailer to enjoy a bike ride together.
rollerblading or skating together.
an afternoon at a park with a playground, but donít spend the whole time
relaxing on the sidelines Ė join in on the fun. Spend some time swinging
to help workout your legs. Try making it across the monkey bars Ė even
just once (itís a great upper body workout and youíll be amazed that
your kid does it with such little ease). Try some pull-ups using a bar on
the playset. Do some tricep dips on a nearby park bench.
catch with a ball or get a small group together for a kickball or softball
Saturdays family bike outing day.
your kids while you strength train. Let them count your reps out loud for
you and/or clock your rest time in-between sets.
pool outings, donít just spend time soaking up the sun. Walk back and
forth in shallow water while your kids have fun splashing about.
rainy days that force you inside, walk or run up and down the stairs. You
might even make it a contest to see who can finish 5 complete rounds first.
for a fun run (or walk) event and spend time together training for the
a family gym membership and workout together weekly.
tennis or basketball together.
joining a community volleyball or softball team that includes enthusiasts of
just sit and cheer your kids at their sporting events. Every few minutes do
some walking or jumping jacks or squats.
a daily family walk each day before or after dinner.
together in the yard raking leaves, planting flowers, trimming trees.
with all the above recommendations, you no longer have the ďIím a parent Ė
I donít have time to workoutĒ excuse. If you implement these activities for
just 30 minutes three times per week, you can easily burn an extra 450 calories
or more! Plus, working out sets a great example for your children that will
teach them at an early age how important (and easy) it is to make physical
fitness a part of daily life. Exercising with your kids also provides the extra
bonus of spending quality time together.
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