Many parents, particularly moms, feel that once they have kids they can no longer find time for themselves to exercise. Since exercise is necessary for every human it’s important to find a way to exercise with kids.
1. If you are able to go out for an early morning run, walk, bike ride or exercise class while the kids are sleeping and another adult is home to watch over them then do it! Set the alarm a little earlier and take some time for yourself. If you don’t have time to wash your hair afterwards you might consider using dry shampoo to speed things up.
2. If you’re not able to leave the house, get up early and watch and follow along with an exercise class at home on a DVD from the library or from YouTube while the kids are sleeping.
If the kids are awake and you haven’t gotten your exercise in don’t despair!
Kids learn from example, if you give your children a fantastic example of having fun exercising regularly they too will want to get up and move.
3.Take the kids on your bike, walk or run with you.Invest in that running stroller or baby seat for your bike and don’t forget you can find great items at consignment shops or through mom groups online if you can’t afford a new one. You can have your kids ride bikes or scooters while you bike, run or walk as well.
-If you have errands to do walk to the ones that are convenient: get a good quality baby carrier or stroller for little ones, pull the toddlers in a wagon, etc.
4.Go for adventures on the water like kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding. Make sure you follow water safety rules: everyone needs a life jacket!
5. Play soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball etc. with the kids and some friends. A rousing game of tag is a fantastic workout and fun, too!
6. Do some research and find out if there are martial arts schools or yoga studios near you that offer parent/kid classes that you can all go to together.
7. Find a gym that offers daycare services and drop your kids off while you work out. I always ask around in my community to make sure the daycare is good quality and I take a tour and talk with the people working there that day before leaving my child.
8. Go swimming with another grownup and take turns watching the kids while the other grownup gets some lap swimming or diving in.
9. Take the kids to a trampoline gym that allows grownups to jump as well. It’s amazing the workout you can get just jumping on a trampoline: word of advice: stretch out well beforehand!
10. Takeolder kids to the playground and run around the outside while they play. Use the playground as a place to do pull ups or other strength training moves (this is one of my husband’s tricks- he also does Parkour so he will swing around on the playground set like a monkey and amaze us all).
11. If you need to exercise at home, you can set your kids up with a project of their own while you work out. I have a friend who does work out videos off her iPad while her kids watch TV on the big screen in the same room.
-One of my favorite ways to exercise is with my TRX bands- I can set them up and do a really great work out while my 6-year-old daughter ‘coaches’ me and she loves to take turns using it as I’m doing other exercises like pushups next to her.
12. Have family dance parties: put on a bunch of songs that highlight up-beat favorites from everyone and dance ‘til you’re laughing and sweaty. This is a great way to reset after a long day or before getting started with your day. I also suggest dance breaks when kids are having a hard time playing well with others or aren’t able to control themselves well.