How to Incorporate Kids Into Your Workout Sessions
By Genevieve Cunningham
One of the hardest parts about building a workout plan is finding the time to get it done. We lead some seriously busy lives in today’s world. Between work and community and friends and family, there is very little time left in the day. And if you have kids, the little time that you do have is taken by their needs. So how are you supposed to fit in a workout? If you’re struggling to find the time, incorporate your kids into your workout using these tips so that you can get it done without too much hassle.
Join a Kid Friendly Gym
These can be difficult to find in some locations, but they are worth their weight in gold. Kid friendly gyms often offer childcare services or even children centered workout groups so that the whole family can get involved. You can use trusty old Google to help you find one of these gyms in your areas, or you can look for the local YMCA, which is known for its family friendly atmosphere.
Use Little Ones as Weights or Resistance
If you have really, really little ones, just use them during your workout. Have you ever tried to squat with a 20 pound kid? It’s tough! You can also strap them on and go for a walk, or you can push them in a stroller, which means you’ll be pushing upwards of 30 pounds during your walk. This won’t be as simple as they get older, but if yours are still small, take advantage of their size and incorporate them directly into your exercise routine.
Choose an Activity They Might Enjoy
Another great option is to simply do an activity that they might also enjoy. Swimming is an excellent workout, and it just so happens that most kids love it! They may also enjoy hiking, playing sports, jumping with a jump rope, and at-home DVDs. If they can join in, it’s a lot like a built in babysitter. You’ll get in your workout, and the kids will have a blast at the same time.
Getting a workout into your daily life is all about creating the right balance. If you don’t have enough time for both exercise and your children, balance it out by including the two together. Your kids will have fun and learn healthy habits, and you’ll get in better shape without feeling guilty. It’s a win-win that you won’t want to miss.
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