Putting on the “mom” hat doesn’t mean you have to let yourself go. Yes, you might have less time for fashion and hair, but you can take steps to feel great and get into shape. One of the easiest ways to do this is to find ways to exercise that you can do with your kids, instead of trying to exercise when dad’s around or when the kids are asleep. Here are some practical options to consider.
Take a Walk (or Even a Run)
You know that fancy stroller you got at your baby shower? Put it to use! Strap your little cutie in and go for a walk. Or, invest in a good jogging stroller and take up running. Either way, you will be getting some exercise and your little one will be enjoying the fresh air.
If your kids are getting too old for the stroller, don’t despair. You can give your kids some exercise while you walk too. Since little legs can’t keep up with your larger stride, at least if you are walking at a pace worthy of being called “exercise,” give your kids their bikes or scooters to ride while you walk or job.
Run the Stairs
Sometimes getting outside to exercise isn’t practical, but if you have stairs in your home, you can get a great workout in without a trip to the gym or a walk around the block. Challenge your kids to see who can run up and down the stairs the most number of times. This is an amazingly effective workout for your legs and heart, and making it into a competition will make the kids excited about getting active.
Go to the Gym
Going to the gym with your kids may seem like a poor way to get them active, but many gyms are actually quite kid-friendly. While you’re working out on the adult-sized equipment, they can be swimming or playing in a kids’ gym. You might even consider enrolling them in a class or two so they can be learning a new skill while you’re sweating it out on a treadmill. One benefit of a gym membership is the fact that you’re paying for it, so you’re much more likely to use it.
Take the Dog for a Walk
Walking the dog is a family activity that everyone can enjoy. If you’re like the average dog owner, chances are your furry companion can use the exercise as much as you and the kids. So grab the leash and hit the sidewalk for a walk for the entire family.
Go for a Swim
Have you ever noticed how well your kids sleep after a day at the pool? There’s a reason for that! Swimming is an exercise that works the entire body. Grab your suit and head to the community pool for some family fun and exercise.
Remember, exercising is not just a luxury. If you want to be at your best, you need to get your body out there and get moving. If you take your kids with you, you can get fit, enjoy family time and teach them the importance of being active.