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I’ve been making a lot of excuses for not exercising lately. One of the biggest ones, aside from not enough time and just being plain lazy, has been the kids. I’ve convinced myself that it’s all too hard to find enough alone time to get out of the house and move my body. I’m not even convincing myself because I know there are things I could do with the kids that would be great exercise.
So if you’re like me and have been making excuses. Then stop right now.
Here’s 5 ways you can exercise with your kids:
1) Go for a bike ride.
This is a no brainer. Even if your kids are still little and riding scooters or have training wheels you could always walk or jog while they ride their bike. Perhaps combine it with a trip to the park and play chasey with them while you’re there. Just getting outside and getting your body moving is better than not doing anything at all.
2) Jump on the trampoline.
Have you tried jumping on a trampoline lately? It is hard work. Next time your kids are jumping, get on with them and bounce. You could start with small bursts and then work your way up to longer ones. Think of the cardio and your thighs and arse. The kids will think it’s hilarious. Maybe they could do a Doc McStuffins’ health check on you when you’re red-faced and panting!?
3) Take them swimming.
OK, this can be a little tricky if your kids aren’t swimming yet, but you could pop the floaties on them and push them up and down the pool. Tread water. Lift them up out of the water. They’ll love it and you’ll get a little workout at the same time. And if your kids are bigger you can swim a few laps with them, with or without kick boards. Make it a competition.
This can be a simple one at home or at your local park using gym equipment. You could make a fun one for the kids to do while you’re doing sit-ups, push-ups, squats and lunges. You don’t need much space for this, in fact you can even do it inside while the kids are sleeping or during the TV ad breaks. There’s a heap of fab apps that have exercise ideas you could tailor to your needs. Simple and quick.
5) Turn up the music and dance.
Have regular discos in your lounge room with your kids. You can all pick some awesome dance hits and get your booties shaking. Dancing is silly, hilarious and great fun. It is also a fabulous work out.
There are no excuses. Now I just need to take my own advice.