While we love spending so much time in the kitchen, as parents we realize how important it is to step out from time to time and to stay active. Children take up a lot of our attention and it can be almost impossible to find the time to go to gym for a proper workout. Fortunately, there are several ways to stay fit and active without the need to get a babysitter. You can even involve the little ones and have them start early at adopting healthy habits.
Exercising as a family is not only a great way to bond, but it is a great way to keep fit together. Below are just some ideas that you can try in the comfort of your own home.
Avoid Exercise Equipment
This one is pretty obvious and this crosses the minds of most parents, but it is not really all that ideal. First, a new treadmill, stair climber, or exercise bike is going to set you back a pretty penny. Second, it is hard to find the motivation to use them for more than just the first couple of weeks. Lastly, these can also pose a danger to small children and it is something that you would want to keep locked away in a separate room. Save the expense and try some other easier to maintain alternatives.
Put The DVD Player To Use
There are plenty of exercise and dance videos on the market that the kids would enjoy. You could also do yoga, stretching, and children tailored exercises as well. Clear a space in front of your TV, invest a few exercise mats, and watch your kid’s faces light up as you participate with them following your instructor on the television. You can disguise this as play time and get them up and moving without even knowing that they are actually exercising. Most of today’s smart TV’s also have a YouTube app that will let you access a ton of free videos that you can use during this time.
If you have a game console, there are also plenty of dancing games that your little ones are sure to enjoy. The truth is that these are also great for parents as you can really raise your heart rate trying to compete with your kids.
This is less of a workout for the kids as they just get to go along for the ride, but it really amps up the calories burned for the runner. Pushing your children around the neighborhood at a slow or fast pace will definitely up the exertion level and it will give them an outdoor adventure that they are sure to love. These types of strollers are a little more expensive than regular ones, but if used regularly, they can really get Mom and Dad nice and fit.
They have become more popular in recent years as parents look for ways to get their kids out of the house more often. Even with a tight budget, you should be able to find something suitable by going through the latest ratings and reviews. Running strollers are also a great way to get a truly intense workout in for hikers as well. They are built for all types of terrain and they are a great means by which expose your kids to all types of trails and wilderness safely.
Get Out The Skates
This is another great activity that can really increase your fitness level, but there are also the obvious precautions to take. Proper padding is the most important aspect to protect your kids. Knee and elbow pads as well as a helmet are all things that they should be wearing. They are going to fall, there is no escaping this fact, but once they get the hang of it then you will have a hard time keeping up with them. This exercise really uses a lot of the leg muscles which in turn gives you an increased aerobic work out. If you can handle the occasional scrapes, for both parents and kids, then this is a fun way to get some work in.
The Swimming Pool
Once kids get over their initial apprehension of the water it is hard to get them out of the pool. Instead of laying back on a lounge chair, get in there with them. Walking in the shallow end or having races can burn more calories than you think. Kids are also more apt to take to the water when they have a parent in the pool with them. Swimming is a wonderful, low impact way to exercise.
Do It Together
Involving your kids in your workout routine has several benefits and there are numerous ways in which you all can exercise together. Starting your children early and getting them to understand the importance of exercise and being active is something that can have a positive affect on them for the rest of their lives. It is important to get creative and look for ways that you can get in a workout with some intensity while also including the kids. Making it a fun family activity is something that the entire family can benefit from.