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Family Exercise Ideas
As a mom, you are constantly pulled in many directions while you try to do it all. But unless you make time to take care of yourself, it’s tough to be on your A game. Squeezing exercise into your busy schedule is easier said than done, but including the whole family in your healthy quest can make it more manageable, as well as more fun.
Whether you have been a runner your whole life or you’re looking to build your endurance and give it a try, running can be fun for the entire family. This is a great workout for parents with kids of all ages. Simply invest in a sturdy jogging stroller, pack some snacks and go if you have a baby, toddler or preschool-aged child. For older kids, have them pace you on bikes.
If you’re in a workout slump and looking to jumpstart your fitness regime, one of the easiest ways to build a good workout routine is by training for a half marathon. There are free training schedules available online and most will have you prepared for race day in about eight to 12 weeks.
Make it extra motivating by choosing a destination race, so you and your family can get a weekend getaway out of your hard work and determination. Some races even allow runners to use jogging strollers if you want to have your child with you on the big day. Otherwise, have the kids cheer you on from the sidelines with your spouse or a babysitter. They’ll love the energy of the environment and it’s a great example for little ones to see.
Some Zumba classes even allow older kids to participate, making for a great bonding experience. If your littles are too young to attend class, teach them a few dance steps after class and have a dance party at home while getting chores done. Who says cleaning the house and making dinner can’t be fun?
Log some miles on your bike and enjoy the weather by biking with your kids. Toddlers can join you on a bike-mounted seat or in a rear-attached trailer, which Consumer Reports recommends for safety. Older kids can bike right alongside you. Since most bike trailers can only hold up to two kids if you have more than two kids who aren’t ready to bike on their own yet, a bucket bike, is a great alternative. It can seat up to four kids.
Choose a safe path by avoiding biking on major roads. Instead, find a local bike trail. Always be sure to wear a helmet; even the youngest riders must wear head protection. Get out your family’s bikes with bells, lights, and reflectors for safety.
Hike For Exercise
Get out and explore the great outdoors with weekly family hikes. Carry babies or toddlers in a hiking backpack which even has a built-in sunshade. Young children will love trekking along the trail, seeing all of Mother Nature’s unusual sights.
Keep everyone engaged in the activity by preparing a scavenger hunt or playing a game of I Spy. A quick search online also reveals many other fun and easy activities to keep kids entertained while hiking.
How do you exercise with your kids?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.