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Moms are busy, and finding the time to exercise while the kids are around can be hard. If the kids aren’t in school or my husband is at work, I have trouble finding time to exercise. I definitely don’t feel like paying a baby sitter so I can have time to exercise at the gym by myself. Plus, gym memberships are expensive by themselves not to mention paying extra for the child care room. This past Summer while my kids were home from school, I had to get creative in my daily exercise routine. I came up with 10 awesome activities I could do with the kids. This turned out to be a win for the entire family, because the kids thought all the activities were fun, and I left sweating from a good workout.
I’m not a huge fan of hitting the gym and sweating on the treadmill or lifting weights. I like to participate in fun activities that are still a good exercise routine. And bringing my kids along was an added bonus because they brought a lot of excitement to the task. No getting bored when my boys are around!
Fun Exercise Activities To Do With The Kids
Kids love to ride bikes and it is a great workout too! Pick a path and challenge your kids to a race. This will really get your heart beat pumping. We love to ride up to a local park. Once there the kids have fun on the playground and I do other exercises like squats and lunges. If your child is too young to ride bikes, then you could get a pull behind trailer or handle bar kid’s seat. When my boys were small, I took them on a bike ride every afternoon. The fresh air always helped their cranky mood.
Play a Sport
My boys love to play sports, so we are often outside playing golf or tennis. Throwing the football, shooting hoops, or kicking the soccer ball are all great exercises. You don’t have to take the kids to a special sporting field either, just running around in your yard chasing a frisbee can produce a good workout. It’s an added bonus if your children are small with bad aim, because it forces you to run after the ball more!
Take a Walk
Just taking a long walk through your neighborhood is a great form of exercise. When the boys were babies, I’d push them in the double jogging stroller while listening to audiobooks. Now that they are older, my kids often ride their scooters along side of me as I walk. Sometimes, I’ll give them a scavenger hunt activity while we walk and other times I just listen to their funny stories. If you live near your child’s school, walking with them to class each day is a fun family activity. This is a good exercise that you can accomplish before ever really starting your day. Also, taking long hikes on the beach or in the mountains can add a degree of difficulty to your workout, plus the kids will think its fun exploring along the way.
When its too hot to go outside, I often crank up the songs on my phone and have a dance party in the living room with the kids. We dance, and the boys run around like crazy while singing to our favorite songs. I love exercising this way because it is so much fun!! Add some jumping jacks and the running man to your dance moves for an extra burst of cardio.
Whether you have a pool at your house or in the neighborhood, grab your suit and swim with the kids for some exercise. The boys and I use pool noodles and kickboards to swim laps in the pool. For an extra challenge, we race each other while swimming. The boys love when they swim faster then me! Water aerobics are also a great workout that I like to do in the pool. I have never taken a class, so I don’t know any official moves, but working out in the pool is way easier that at the gym.
I love yoga. I like to watch free workout videos on you tube. The boys will try to practice with me, but a lot of the time they just end up running around while I’m on the mat, but sometimes they will focus and actually attempt the moves. When my oldest son was a baby, I had a great mommy and me yoga dvd that I would use to exercise with him. The boys also find a lot of humor out of the yoga posture names including downward dog, and happy baby, but I like that they are using their imaginations trying to envision how the movement got its name.
When the boys were younger, they used to enjoy jumping on my small exercise trampoline. I actually kept it in my guest bedroom and the boys would bounce on it in the house, which was great during the Summer when it was so hot outside! It would also be great for exercising in the Winter too! The boys and I would take turns bouncing for a few minutes each. I would set the timer on my phone so everyone had a fair amount of time (no complaining from the kids!) I also used the trampoline to exercise while the boys were taking their afternoon naps! Now, we often visit a local trampoline park. Jumping and trying to climb out of those foam pits is really a lot of hard work. The kids can jump for hours but I find that the older I get the more breaks I need! Trampolines are great for exercising with the kids!
Jump Rope or Hula Hoop
The kids always think it’s funny when they try to jump rope, mostly because they aren’t very good at it. They really get a kick out of watching me jump rope for a long time. I also love using a weighted hula hoop with the kids and showing off some the skills I have learned from watching hoop exercise videos. The boys love to attempt spinning the hoop on their arms or legs but so far haven’t had much luck. Hula hooping is a great workout for your core and I am always sweating when I am done.
This past Summer, my husband and I took the boys to a roller skating rink for the first time. While we had a blast from the past skating around and around the rink, the boys had a hard time balancing. After several falls and a few tears, they finally got the hang of it and had fun exercising with Mom and Dad 80s style!
If you live in an area with lots of snow, why not take advantage of the weather conditions and have some fun with the kids outside exercising in the cold. Ice skating, skiing, and sleds are all a lot of fun and will definitley gets your heart rate up. Also having a snowball fight with the kids requires running away as to not get hit! Since I’m a Florida girl, I find just getting dressed in all that winter snow clothing exhausting within itself!
I love making exercise fun! It’s the only way I can make myself workout!
Being a busy mom, doesn’t mean you don’t have time to exercise. It’s important to take care of yourself and stay healthy.
Turning fun family activities into excellent workouts is one way to make mom life a little easier.