Making time to exercise when you’re a parent can seem impossible. Who wants to spend precious “me time” sweating instead of napping? The good news is, exercise doesn’t have to wait until you have a free moment. Try some of the following activities with your children, and you may find unexpected allies in your weight-loss journey. When you work your kids into your workout, everyone wins!
Depending on your kids’ age and your fitness level, walking for exercise can take a variety of forms (and come with a variety of challenges). One thing, though, is universal: everyone should sunscreen up!
Use a sling, backpack or stroller to tote your tot! The extra weight of a baby or small toddler can help you burn extra calories with every step. You’ll get exercise plus some much-needed time away from home. Look for other moms to recruit as walking buddies.
Once your child has gained some independence, walking for fitness becomes more of a challenge. Suddenly the stroller is “for babies” and carrying just isn’t an option anymore. Don’t despair! If your child can’t walk fast enough or long enough to give you a good workout, try a push tricycle or wagon. Then, once she’s old enough, try having her ride her trike or bike as you walk beside her.
Kids have an amazing amount of energy at their disposal, but they may tire quickly. If you find your child burns out early on your walks, you might want to try a shorter route that you can take in laps. That way, you won’t be stuck too far from home with a tired-out tyke.
Pre-teens and up
Older kids may have more than enough energy and speed to keep you moving and pushing yourself, but you might have more trouble motivating them to participate. Try giving them a pedometer or fitness tracker and challenging them to meet or beat your daily steps.
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