As parents, it can be difficult to manage your free time well. But taking care of your self is as important as spending time with your kids. After all, when you're not feeling your best because you've missed some workouts or haven't been to the club in ages, it can take a toll on the time you spend with your children, too. Instead of thinking about separate workout and family time, why not involve everyone in getting active? Here are a few ways you can exercise with your kids and have fun while you're at it!
- Swimming! Everyone loves cooling off in the water, especially with this weather. Get in the pool with the kids and play a game of Marco Polo or sharks and minnows.
- Biking. Bike riding is a great way to exercise all of your muscles while still having fun with your kids. Plan a route that would interest everyone; not only will you be exercising, but you'll also get to enjoy the weather and scenery.
- Jumping rope. Many people don’t think of jumping rope as an exercise, but it definitely is. Take turns twirling the rope and jumping in with your kids. Or have a contest to see how long everyone can go solo. Just make sure everyone's shoes are tied!
- Freeze tag. What kid doesn't love freeze tag? It’s not your typical form of exercise, but it's a great way to get in some cardio. Be sure to play in an open space with plenty of room to run around, like in the back yard or an open park.
- Hula hooping. It may take a while to get the hang of it, but that’s why it’s fun! You'll work your core and help your kids develop coordination, too. See who can keep it going the longest, or add another hula hoop for a challenge once you get the hang of things!
These are just a handful of ideas for exercising with kids that you'll both enjoy - but why not ask them for ideas? They'll love that you're taking part in a favorite game and feel proud that they came up with it. Just make sure you and your kids stay hydrated and eat a good meal at least an hour before an activity. And if you can't do something active every day with your kids, aim for a couple times a week.