When you are a busy parent, it can often be difficult to find time to exercise. Between running the household, looking after your kids, going to work, and trying to have a social life, there’s often not much time left to squeeze in a workout. However, staying in shape is important for your overall physical and mental health and it’s crucial that you find a way to incorporate exercise into your busy day.
One of the most effective ways to increase your movement, exercise more and make working out a regular part of your week, is to include your kids in your workouts. Not only s this a great way to ensure that you get your exercise in but it’s also a wonderful way to spend more time with your little ones. There is a range of different ways that you can include your children in your fitness routine that you can explore.
Let’s take a look at just a few ways that you can include your kids in your fitness routine so you get your workouts in.
For the perfect active recovery day, why not take a bike ride with the family? Get the kid’s bike gear, your supplies and the bikes prepared the night before and spend the day cycling around your neighbourhood. Cycling is a great low-impact exercise. When you’re cycling slowly with the kids, it is an ideal activity for a low-impact but active recovery day, allowing you to get some movement in, with much less chance of injury. Choose a suitable route, get on your bikes and have some fun in the saddle with your kids in tow.
Workout While They Play
A quick thirty-minute bodyweight circuit can be done just about anywhere and can be a great calorie burner. Take your kids to the local park or to the beach and let them play and run around while you get down to business. With your children occupied, you will be able to get your workout in quickly while keeping an eye on your little ones. When you’re done, share a mini picnic with your kids to get your post-workout fuel in,
Have A Dance Party
Nothing works up a good sweat like a good dance party. Invite some of your kid’s friends around, or keep it a more intimate affair, turn up the volume and start boogying. If you want something with a little more structure, consider a dance workout DVD that you and your children can dance around to and have some fun with. Dancing can provide a great workout and can be a fantastic stress-reliever, always guaranteed to leave you with a big smile on your face!
Share Your Passions
Playing sports with your kids in the backyard, at the beach or at the local park is a great way to get more movement into your day and to spend quality time with your kids. Share your passions with your kids and expose them to the activities you are interested in. If you like to hike, take your kids to the mountains. Teach them to surf, if you prefer to spend time at the beach or play tennis together if that’s your thing. While your kids might not enjoy your favourite pastimes as much as you do, this is a great way to expose your children to new experiences while getting a workout in yourself too.
Be Creative And Find New Ways To Workout With Your Kids
Whether it’s walking the dog together, doing online yoga classes as a family or signing up for a family fun run, there are plenty of ways that you can include the kids in your workouts. Choose fun, exciting activities that your children will enjoy. With everyone having a good time, you can get a quick workout in while spending quality time with your family.