How to Involve Kids in Your Workout
by Kaitlin Krull
Making time for fitness in our busy lives is difficult. At Modernize, we know that working out with children around can seem almost impossible. If you want to exercise more but always have your kids in tow, here are some tips to help you make the most of your workout by getting everyone involved.
If you know what kind of exercise you want to do before you get started, you’re more likely to successfully complete your workout. Prepare your workout DVDs or any supplies you’ll need ahead of time and make your kids aware of what you’re planning to do. Encourage everyone to participate by keeping them informed and ready to go.
Get dressed up
Getting dressed up (or down, as the case may be) for your workout helps you feel prepared for your routine. It also helps your children to feel included in the activity and ready to participate. Comfortable, workout-friendly clothes that are easily accessible and ready to wear set the tone for exercise and reduce the amount of time you spend running around looking for a matching pair of socks.
Adapt your routine
When planning your child-friendly workout routine, consider the length and type of exercises you’ll complete. Shorter routines will keep your little ones’ attention longer, and partner exercises or games will make your kids more willing to participate. Partner pushups, situps, and races encourage healthy competition and get everyone involved. Dancing to a Zumba routine, Wii music games, or even the radio seem more like fun than a workout and make an excellent cardio routine.
If the weather is good, take your workout outside. Pushing a stroller while you walk or run adds resistance, while running after kids on bikes and scooters does double duty as a workout for you and playtime for your kids. Outdoor running races are another great way to keep yourself fit while including the kids. Best of all, you’ll all be getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
The most important point to consider when planning a workout with your children is to stay realistic. Keep your routines short, simple, and truly child friendly, and you and your kids will all get the exercise you need. If on any particular day it just isn’t panning out the way you planned, then don’t feel discouraged. Children are unpredictable, and their (and your) happiness should always come first. Try again another day, and if you’re really feeling the need for a workout, burn the midnight fitness oil for a day or two to keep yourself active.