Let’s be honest it can be hard enough to squeeze in a gym session when you’ve got a mountain of paperwork to get through, your children’s tea needs cooking, and your husband’s just informed you he’s working late again that night. Mind you; there are lots of ways you can keep fit and healthy without going near the treadmill and can all be accomplished even with kids in tow. In fact, we encourage you to get them involved you’ll all be having so much fun you’ll forget it’s exercise!
The average commercial break lasts around five minutes which means five minutes where kids could be up, moving around and engaging in activities. Pop a few balls, hula hoops and skipping ropes in a basket and time them to see how many baskets, hula’s and skips they can do in a minute, then have them rotate stations like they do in school PE lessons. You could also play follow the leader and have one child lead you in moves like clapping, marching, rowing, wiggling, jumping and rolling and then once the commercials are over everyone sits back down until the next time. Not only does this teach kids the importance of listening, obeying instructions and taking turns it’ll also distract them from the toys manufacturers advertise during breaks in kids shows.
Walk The Dog
Dogs don’t walk themselves so sooner or later you’ll need to don your trainers, grab your coat and head outside so why not make it a family activity? Kids love spending time with their pets, and you could even show older children how you hold the lead, then once they understand how to keep your dog under control could have a small go, somewhere safe like the park, at walking their furry friend. Don’t worry if you don’t own a dog because this is the perfect way to find some! Take your kids on a wander around the neighborhood to see how many playful pooches you can spot. Remember, dogs may look friendly, but you should always ask the owner if you can pet them first.
A good, sweaty dance session can quickly burn hundreds of calories as well as helping improve your mood if you’ve had a bad day. Older children can take turns picking songs while little ones can wave glow sticks or jump around the room. A fantastic way to sneak a few exercise moves such as third world squats, planks and star jumps in is by getting kids to pretend they’re different animals. You’re probably thinking what is a third world squat? Well, young kids do it all the time! It’s basically squatting in a stationary position which helps improve flexibility, balance and increases circulation.
Dig For Victory
Did you know that gardening can be a better workout than weight training? Get outside and have the children help you mow the lawn, even if it means scooping up grass tufts, planting flower bulbs, raking leaves and pulling up vegetables. You’ll all be constantly standing up and kneeling down as well as using your balance and stomach muscles to reach vines and leaves.