I don’t ever want to hear anybody say they don’t have time to exercise. If you are thinking that about your life, then you just haven’t gotten creative enough about figuring out how to fit that physical training in. So maybe you’re a busy mom or dad who just can’t justify leaving their kids anymore than you already do to get to the gym. Well, why not make kid time PT time too!
I’ve threatened to write a book called “Baby Dumbbell”. I don’t want to go through the hassle of getting some doctor to help me make sure my methods are “safe”, so I’ll just get my message out on the web where I don’t have to worry about somebody suing me. . . wait you won’t right? So, I’m warning you - use at your own risk! Grab those dummies (oops, I mean kids) and let’s get in shape!
Set a timer on your watch and start jumping! Trampoline, jumping jacks, in place - whatever! You keep your heart rate up for 20 minutes, you are burning some fat off! Don’t like to jump? Do a routine of marching, running up and down stairs, walking, jogging, kicks, arm circles, you can even lunge around the yard. The kids will love it! Play follow the leader and you can take turns leading - you follow a rambunctious 5 year old around and you’ve had a workout that wouldn’t even rival any military PT!
Yucky weather outside? Do it inside. Tables are great for lapping around, crawling is even better inside. Do bear crawls (on hands and feet), military crawls (on forearms and feet), jump like frogs, hop like bunnies, walk around the room like monsters (stay in a deep squat while walking around and roaring). Put on some music and dance. Let them imagine and make up things.
Not enough of a challenge? Play games. Tag, duck-duck-goose, freeze games, red-light-green-light, hop scotch, red rover, ball games, races, etc. Set that timer and just keep moving!
Ok, so for part of my book (using them as dumbbells). Hold them and do chest presses, do superman (with them on your feet) and bend and straighten your legs, have them sit on your back while you do push ups. Hold them in your lap while you do dips. They can sit on you as you do sit-ups. Give them a kiss or a five each time you come up!
Let them sit on you while you hold a wall squat (back against the wall, legs bent at a 90 degree angle). While standing lift them up and down. Hold them and twist at the waist back and forth. Just grab them and start doing something - be creative! You’ll be surprised at what you come up with and the kind of workout you can have.
Maybe one of your resolutions this year is getting in shape. Maybe it’s to spend more time with your kids too. Well, you have no excuses now! Grab them and get moving! Follow some of these tips and make up some of your own and you are getting that body in shape and for all your little ones know you have just become a cool parent that likes to play with them!
What activities do you like to do to keep you and your kids in shape?