When you have young kids, it can be really hard to find the time to exercise. If one parent wants to hit the gym for an hour, the other has to watch the little one. Then, if the other parent wants to work out, suddenly half the day has gone by.
While you might still be able to set aside some dedicated time to exercise, it’s really nice if you can integrate this into your family time as well and make it about family fitness. Here are a few ways you can do just that…
If you like cycling, there is no need to give it up after your toddler arrives. Just pop your little one into a toddler bike seat, and hit the road. You can go on a ride just fun and exercise. But, this can also be a great way to get around town if you have things to do. Heading into town to get a bite to eat? Why not bike there instead of taking the car?
Of course, while this might be a great exercise for you, it’s not exactly going to get your toddler’s heart racing. Sure, you can get them a toddler bike so they can get a work out too, but chances are it’s going to be a few years before they can keep up.
Play A Game Of Tag
A lot of kids love being active and playing games, and tag is an easy one to teach them. Whether you’re chasing them around the room, or they are trying to catch you, this is one is sure to help you burn a few calories. The very nature of this game means that you will constantly be in motion, and so will your toddler.
Chances are that they will get tired before you do. So, you will probably need to take a few breaks. It’s unlikely that you will get a full work out in either. But, this is a good way to at least be a little bit active
Go For A Hike
Hiking is not only good exercise, but it’s a great way for your toddler to explore the world as well. You might appreciate nature’s beauty. For your toddler though, this can really be an adventure. Who knows what new plants, trees, and animals they might see along the way.
One pro’ tip here, bring an all terrain stroller along! Even the most enthusiastic toddlers often get tired long before the hike is over. Then again, if you really want to get some exercise, you can try carrying your toddler whenever they need a break.
A Day At The Beach
Beaches are synonymous with rest and relaxation. But, they are also a great place to be active with kids. You can run together along the shore. Or, run to and from the waves as they come crashing in. Not only can this get your heart pumping, running on the sand can also be a great way to tone your legs.
Having kids is a wonderful thing. However, it does change your life in all sorts of ways. One of the biggest is that you find yourself with significantly less free time. So, if you want to do all of the things you used to do, you’ll have to get creative. Family fitness is crucial and with kids you truly have a chance to make fitness a family activity.
Hopefully, a few of these ideas will help you get a little exercise on days when you can’t fit in a proper workout.
Ryan Howard runs SmartParentAdvice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Ryan writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers.